Living in the Two Hearts

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Our World is Ever Changing…How about YOU?

Posted by Anne Elizabeth on March 26, 2011

MID-WEEK CHECK-UP!

Wednesday, March 22nd

“The Feast of Sukkoth comes about the end of our month of September or at the beginning of our month of October.  The Jerusalem Campaign will last a little over six months, with a preaching and teaching campaign that brought memories of Isaiah and Jeremiah in the same city centuries before.  And the city is waiting for this new Prophet and everyone is wondering what will happen in Jerusalem when He gets there.” ~Fr Clifford Stevens, 2nd Sunday of Lent, Homily.

If you have been able to attend daily Mass, then you have heard within the readings that the Jerusalem Campaign is well on its way!  So far Jesus has preached several times within the Temple Mount, the Pharisees have been present for much of those times, and Jesus has spoken in parables several times about what will happen with those whose stewardship of the Torah have been abusing their power for their own ends.

Update: 3/14/12   A wonderful reminder came my way today, so I’m passing it on as it speaks quite well to the topic of this particular Post… The Judas Prophecy

Of of my favorite readings occurred during the cycle in 2002, when the Annunciation didn’t fall on the Second Friday of Lent, and Jesus told of the parable of the man who owned a vineyard.  From Matthew, chapter 21, verses 33 to 43 :

“Hear another parable. There was A HOUSEHOLDER WHO PLANTED A VINEYARD, and set a hedge around it, and dug a wine press in it, and built a tower, and LET IT OUT TO TENANTS, and went into another country.

Vineyards are everywhere throughout the Holy Land because wine is a very great commodity in both religious Jewish life and in export to the rest of the world.  In Jesus’ time, it made for a common reference for the everyday man to connect with the Kingdom of which Jesus often spoke.

In fact, there are quite a few passages where Jesus speaks of vines and pruning those which bear little to no fruit.  Even Jesus refers to the obtaining of our salvation by using a vineyard reference…

I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser.  Every branch of mine that bears no fruit, He takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit. ~Jn 15, 1-2 (the sub-title of this chapter is: Christ, the True Vine)

Got to bear fruit if you are to remain on the Vine which is Christ.  Again echoing St. James when he said…

But some one will say, “You have faith and I have works.” Show me your faith apart from your works, and I BY MY WORKS WILL SHOW YOU MY FAITH. ~James 2:18, emphasis added.

But Jesus does remind us if we will Abide in Him…

As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, UNLESS YOU ABIDE IN ME.  I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him,.. it is [he] that bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing. ~John 15: 4-5 (does that sound familiar?), (emphasis added)

Now back to the story…

“When the season of fruit drew near, he sent his servants to the tenants, to get his fruit; and the tenants took his servants and beat one, killed another, and stoned another. Again he sent other servants, more than the first; and they did the same to them.

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What inheritance do you think these tenants believe they’re going to get?

“Afterward he sent his son to them, saying, ‘They will respect my son.’ But when the tenants saw the son, they said to themselves, ‘ This is the heir; come, let us kill him and have his inheritance.’

“And they took him and cast him out of the vineyard, and killed him. When therefore the owner of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those tenants?”

Do you think these tenants may have fallen victim to that temptation of worshiping a fallen angel so they can have power over kingdoms?  Or do you suppose they fell into the temptation of wanting to do their own thing regardless of what God wants?  Or maybe they just believed in their own understanding of God’s word so that when THE WORD came to reveal the Mosaic truths found in scripture He was rejected, hat-out-of-hand ?  Is this any different from today?

Have not politicians and those who hunger for power twisted and manipulated scripture for their own ends?  Does not our society today try to justify alternative lifestyles when they take passages referring to the Love of Neighbor out of context?  What do you suppose will happen to them which do these very things for their own ends?…

They said to Him, “He will put those wretches to a miserable death, and let out the vineyard to other tenants who will give him the fruits in their seasons.”

I tell you, many will come from east and west and sit at table with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven,  while the sons of the kingdom will be thrown into the outer darkness; there men will weep and gnash their teeth.” ~Mt 8:11-12

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“I AM the Vine, you are the branches…” Jn 15:5

We must, therefore, be counted among the branches of THE VINE; and when God prunes us and leaves behind the remnant BUT FAITHFUL few, the fruits HIS VINE will bear will be greater than before!

…My Father is the vinedresser.  Every branch of Mine that bears no fruit, He takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit HE PRUNES, THAT IT MAY BARE MORE FRUIT.~ Jn 15: 1-2

It is WHY we MUST PRACTICE saying: Lord, YOUR WILL BE DONE!  I can DO NOTHING without YOU!  Bless me, and make me holy…

 

Let me sing…

Let me sing for my beloved a love song concerning his vineyard: My beloved had a vineyard on a very fertile hill. He dug it and cleared it of stones, and planted it with choice vines; he built a watchtower in the midst of it, and hewed out a wine vat in it; and he looked for it to yield grapes, but it yielded wild grapes.

And now, O inhabitants of Jerusalem and men of Judah, judge, I pray you, between me and my vineyard. What more was there to do for my vineyard, that I have not done in it? When I looked for it to yield grapes, why did it yield wild grapes?

Therefore my people go into exile for want of knowledge; their honored men are dying of hunger, and their multitude is parched with thirst.  Therefore Sheol has enlarged its appetite and opened its mouth beyond measure,…  Man is bowed down, and men are brought low, and the eyes of the haughty are humbled. But the LORD of hosts is exalted in justice, and the Holy God shows Himself Holy in Righteousness.

~ISAIAH 5: 1-4, 13-14a, 15-16

Further Recommended Reading:

7 Seals of Revolution
The Season of Faith

Like a Thief…!

What It Means to be Reconciled

How Do You Respond to Mistakes?

Entering the Prodigal Hour

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