Our readings, today, are 2 Samuel 11:1-5 and Matthew 21:33-41. In 2 Samuel David is not where he is supposed to be and he is definitely not doing what he is supposed to be doing - he is actually breaking several of the Commandments: coveting his neighbor, adultery and murder to name a few. Jesus is telling the parable of the tenants who do not want to give the owner what belongs to the owner. They also have made the "choice" to break several of the Commandments. "When the owner of the vineyard returns," Jesus asked, "what do you think he will do to those farmers?" (Matt. 21:40 New Living Translation) In chapter 12, of 2 Samuel, Nathan tells David a similar story and gets David's reaction before pointing out David is the one that made the choice.
So...... It leads to some interesting questions for us too. When we make the "choice" what are the consequences of the "choice?" Who is getting hurt? Who is being ignored - like Bathsheba and the servants (son!) sent to collect the fruit? What is our reaction when questioned? Can we even notice the ones being ignored? Can we make the "choice" to listen? Do we, like David, recognize the consequences of our actions (choices)? Something to be thinking about as we go quickly from summer, with a very short fall(!), into winter.