Help us, O God, to be people who receive your good gifts with much gratitude; help us especially to be people who receive your best gift—the gift of your Son—with much gratitude.
Grant that we will produce the kind of fruit in our lives for which you made us and in the production of which you are looking for us to grow, fruit such as trust, grace, love, mercy, and peace—the kind of fruit that your Son produced and that our grateful receiving of him enables us to produce.
“‘Listen to another parable. There was a landowner who planted a vineyard, put a fence around it, dug a wine press in it, and built a watch-tower. Then he leased it to tenants and went to another country. When the harvest time had come, he sent his slaves to the tenants to collect his produce. But the tenants seized his slaves and beat one, killed another, and stoned another. Again he sent other slaves, more than the first; and they treated them in the same way. Finally 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 get his inheritance.” So they seized him, threw him out of the vineyard, and killed him. Now when the owner of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those tenants?’ They said to him, ‘He will put those wretches to a miserable death, and lease the vineyard to other tenants who will give him the produce at the harvest time.’” (Matthew 21:33-41)