many of us are less inclined to be astonished by the process of fruit fermenting into wine than our Jewish ancestors in faith and the first Christians who gave us Jesus’ good news. We may be nonplussed by Isaiah’s song of the vineyard and deaf to its echo in Jesus’ parable of the tenants. Something astonishing rests in Israel’s cherished self-identification as God’s vineyard, namely God’s perception of the enormous value of the house of Israel. So great a value that they saw each other as friends: Let me now sing of my friend, my friend’s song concerning his vineyard—our Creator-Friend’s song about us! God befriends us.
- Ask the Trinity to allow you to see with their vision.
- Ask Mary and your patron saint to present you to Jesus
- Speak to Jesus about the ways you exercise stewardship with people and things God has entrusted to you.
- Desire to be more attentive but not possessive; to be more confident in God’s providence and aware of freedom, yours and that of others.
- Close by saying slowing the Lord’s Prayer, which is our act of entrusting ourselves to God: in praise, in need and in our desire to grow more like Jesus, God’s son. Through Jesus’ prayer we remind ourselves that as part of creation, God cherishes us very fondly, and we ask to return it to God by how we treat all other creatures.