Zephaniah 3:1-2,9-13; Ps 34 The Lord hears the cry the Poor; Matthew 21:28-32
Vineyard. This is how the sacred scripture often describes what God is up to. Often times God is described alone who is planting a vineyard. The prophets loves to utilize this language.
Jesus also speaks the same way in describing the unfolding kingdom as a vineyard being built or workers being sent to the vineyard as in today's gospel.
A Vineyard is not the same as a Winery. Too often we want to taste the wine and not work in the vineyard. Too often we want to jump ahead when God is inviting us to be attentive to what is in front of us.
Vineyard is a place where grapes are grown and tended. We are called to task as these workers of the vineyards; God will take care of the wine.
Most vineyards have to thrive int he conditions that the earth and the universe provide. In fat, in Italy a vineyard cannot use irrigation systems. They have to be completely depended and completely at the mercy of the environment. IT is these conditions that create the potency of the grapes and in return the wine.
So it is in our life. The conditions are always what they need to be in order to intensify the flavor God is oping to experience in the process of making wine.
Vineyard workers we are. Tending to the grapes is what we do. We leave the wine making up to God.