Isaiah had told what would happen when God was disappointed in Israel's behavior. Jesus is asking his listeners to reflect on their own stewardship of God's gifts. "What should the owner of a vineyard do when the tenants have abused their responsibilities?"
The tenants were put in charge. They failed their duties. The owner will eliminate them.
The chief priests and Pharisees, hearing this condemnation of those in charge, knew that Jesus was talking about them.
What do we Christians know when we hear this parable? What do we think when we reflect on our own stewardship of the gifts that God has entrusted to our care?
Lectio Divina: Matthew 21:42