This week’s readings remind us that the Lord of the vineyard is the God of hosts, the master of creation and the giver of all gifts.

The texts invite us to reflect on both the Lord’s giving of such gifts and on our acceptance of them.

We, the beneficiaries, are totally dependent upon the one giving (Psalm).

And God gives to us too, so that we can respond in a way worthy of praise (Second Reading).

As we read and ponder, we see that, sometimes, the gifts are met with unproductivity (First Reading); at other times they are even misused (Gospel).

This week, let’s pray that the God of peace, who has already promised to be with us, may find in us a ‘noble’ and ‘virtuous’ response.