The Anglican Cathedral of Second Life

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The vineyard of God

On 8 October Helene Milena preached the following sermon in the Anglican Cathedral on Epiphany Island in Second Life. The readings were  Psalm 80:9-17Isaiah 5:1-7, Matthew 21:33-46.

Does anyone here have a good memory?

Thinking back over the past couple of weeks, what does the Gospel reading today have in common with the Gospel readings of last week and the week before?

Vineyards feature in all the readings. Two weeks ago we read about a landowner who employed people to work in his vineyard. He caused dissent when he paid all his workers the same regardless of how long they had worked. The vineyard there represented the kingdom of God where the first are last and the last first. Last week a man asked his two sons to work in his vineyard. One said no but later went and did as he was asked, whereas the second said yes but didn’t follow through on his words. We learnt that those who were initially not obeying God will enter the kingdom, but the ones who think of themselves as righteous but would fail to enter as they didn’t listen to God’s word. Continue reading