In the Gospels of October we witness Jesus doing intellectual and religious battle with his redoubtable foes, the scribes and the Pharisees the scholars and the religious enthusiasts of his time. Doubtless the edge of the controversy in the early church was shaped by the fact that some of the Jewish leaders had thrown Christian Jews out of the synagogues. Hence the writers of the gospels reached back into the traditions which had come down from Jesus which emphasized his skills in rabbinical argument.
However, there can be no doubt that he did argue effectively with some of the leaders of the Jewish people and that these arguments were occasions for teaching that impacts on us even if the original controversial context has waned.
Thus the parable of the vine and the vineyard, deeply rooted the imagery of the Jewish Scriptures can just as easily be applied to Christians who are not responsive to the teaching of Jesus.
Fr. Greeley's Last Book:
Once upon a time, a young certain priest worked very hard in establishing a program for the teens in his parish. He scheduled dances (at which no one danced, save girls with other girls, of course), basketball leagues softball leagues, volley ball leagues (for both genders, naturally), picnics, skating parties, retreats, plays, concerts. He did most of the work (along with some parents) because while the teens enthusiasms were great, their memories were not so great. Everyone one flocked to the teen club, not only from his parish but from the parishes all around.
The priest often went back to the rectory at night after the teens had departed and the parish was safe again, almost too tired to sleep. Since the teems told him that the summer was boring, he set up a big summer program for them. You know what happened? Sure you know what happened?
No one Came!
Too busy lolling around the park and complaining about the heat. So he shut the whole operation down and began to work with senior citizens.
8 You brought a vine out of Egypt; you drove out the nations and plant
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