When Jesus told the parable of the vineyard (Mk 12) he was warning the religious leaders who had killed God’s prophets one after another and would soon treat Jesus in the same way. We can understand this Gospel as a harsh word or hear what lies underneath the surface. What we hear will depend upon whether we are moved more by fear or by love. If we hear only a harsh word it is likely we think of God with fear. Our focus will be on a God who is ever ready to destroy rather than create and renew.
God’s mind about this is shown in Jesus’ behavior. He often invited in his Father’s name. He rebuked his apostles’ desire for divine vengeance on the Samaritan town (Lk 9). He wept over Jerusalem (Lk 19). If we love God we will hear his love speaking to us even in warnings. Sin is not an arbitrary violation of a rule of conduct. Sin is always a form of self-destruction joined with destruction of others, even to the killing of the prophets and the crucifying of Jesus.
Let me weep with you, Lord, rather than be a cause of your weeping as you beheld this world. Give me a deep trust in your compassion.