For the Tuesday of Passion Week, we hear Isaiah 5:1-7 and the Song of the Vineyard. It is a timely reminder of the way that humanity broke its relationship with the Lord. He created us in love in his image, and humanity turned away from him. This week we will see, that even though the household of Israel had broken its ties with God, he did not break them with us. In his mercy he sent his Son, who put on the body of humanity, to die for us. Through his resurrection he saved us from our sin.
In the Gospel for the Liturgy of the Word (Luke 13:22-30) someone asks Jesus, ‘Lord, will only a few be saved?’. Christ answers;
‘Strive to enter through the narrow door; for many, I tell you, will try to enter and will not be able.
When once the owner of the house has got up and shut the door, and you begin to stand outside and to knock at the door, saying, “Lord, open to us”, then in reply he will say to you, “I do not know where you come from.”
There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth when you see Abraham and Isaac and Jacob and all the prophets in the kingdom of God, and you yourselves thrown out.
Then people will come from east and west, from north and south, and will eat in the kingdom of God.
Indeed, some are last who will be first, and some are first who will be last.’
This is a chilling reminder for us this Passion Week. Do not delay. Make amends with God now. Don’t be like the household of Israel, trampled to death in the Vineyard. Don’t be one left out of the Kingdom of God. Take your place in the household today and repent in this Passion Week. God is waiting for you.