As God's people, we might reflect upon what God has given us. God has created us and our world and all that is in it. God has made a covenant with us in baptism and sealed that covenant through the blood of his Son. God sent his Holy Spirit among us to renew our potential for life. We, too, have received all that is necessary for productive lives. We are responsible to become mature in Christ. The householder of the parable showed great patience. He sent servant to the tenant. The tenants beat one of those who were sent, stoned one, killed one; still the householder sent additional servants. Even though the householder's servants were mistreated, he continued to give the tenants a chance to change and become the people they were meant to be. Finally the householder sent his son to the tenants. The patience of God as he deals with us is something to behold. Again and again, we experience his power and love. Every day God comes to us, loving us and forgiving us. The householder of the parable finally acted in judgment. He removed the tenants and entrusted his vineyard to others who would be responsible to the householder for what was his. We too are responsible for our actions. God is patient, but we are accountable. The freedom of the tenants is contrasted with their action toward the householder. The tenants want complete freedom; they do not wish to deliver to the householder what is his. The tenants wish to own and control the vineyard themselves. However, they discover that they are answerable to the householder.