"What has straw in common with wheat?" A lot, on the surface.
Season after Pentecost | 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C)
Isaiah 5:1-7; Psalm 80:1-2, 8-19; (Jeremiah 23:23-29; Psalm 82;) Hebrews 11:29-12:2; Luke 12:49-56
Fire is a dangerous image for Jesus to use, even if he doesn’t mean it literally. What kind of God would bring fire to the earth?
Jesus' parable of the so-called "wicked tenant farmers" is a textbook illustration—a parody, even—of the economic and political dynamics of empire.