In the parable of the Tenants Jesus tells the story of a master planted a vineyard and let out to tenants. In the season of fruit he send servants but the servants one by one killed by tenants. At last he sent his only son, but the tenants killed him too. Jesus asks a question “When therefore the owner of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those tenants?”.
Leave aside the servants are prophets and the only son is Jesus himself. In our personal life we hardly meet a prophet.
Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches:
“Deep within his conscience man discovers a law which he has not laid upon himself but which he must obey. Its voice, ever calling him to love and to do what is good and to avoid evil, sounds in his heart at the right moment . . . . For man has in his heart a law inscribed by God . . . . His conscience is man’s most secret core and his sanctuary. There he is alone with God whose voice echoes in his depths.” 1776.
If we consider the tenants as our five senses the picture is clearer. The construction of vineyard is interesting. He put a fence, dug a winepress, and built a tower. The vineyard is all ready to make the product. Protection is also there, the fence, nothing but Wisdom. To watch everything clear we have a tower, nothing but Prudence. “Do not forsake wisdom, and she will protect you; love her, and she will watch over you”. Proverbs 4:6-7. The verses from Song of Songs make it clearer:
Do not gaze at me because I am dark, because the sun has looked upon me. My mother's sons were angry with me; they made me keeper of the vineyards, but my own vineyard I have not kept! 1:6.
The Catechism of Catholic church teaches the formation of conscience:
“The education of the conscience is a lifelong task. From the earliest years, it awakens the child to the knowledge and practice of the interior law recognized by conscience. Prudent education teaches virtue; it prevents or cures fear, selfishness and pride, resentment arising from guilt, and feelings of complacency, born of human weakness and faults. The education of the conscience guarantees freedom and engenders peace of heart.” 1784. God is ready to send the teachers but what if we put our senses over it and kill them..?
Then the final question, What we did with Jesus? It is good we believe in him. For that we are not better than devils; they are one step ahead, they shudder. “You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that–and shudder.” James 2:19. So believing is not a great thing. And declaring with your mouth is also not enough. Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ Matthew 7:22. Whether our life is fruitful is the important thing. “Even now the axe is laid to the root of the trees. Every tree therefore that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.”
So it doesn’t matter much if we Tweet for Jesus, make Facebook pages and groups for him and try to attract people but failed to produce good fruit. Thinking differently and discussing which Mass I have to follow will not be counted. Spending a whole life to study the first century scripts wont make you ready for Him. Whether it is Latin Mass or English Translation doesn’t mater much. Which version of Bible you are using will not be credited to your account. Competitions based on rites too different much. As St. Paul says: “If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned but have not love, I gain nothing”. 1 Corinthians 13.
So our path is difficult to travel, our way of life is difficult to practice. The test will be entirely different, so keep in mind : “It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each person’s work.” 1 Corinthians 3:13.