February 26, 2016
Jesus said to the chief priests and the elders, “Did you never read in the Scriptures: ‘The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone; by the Lord has this been done, and it is wonderful in our eyes?’ Therefore, I say to you, the Kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people that will produce its fruit.” Mt_21:33-46
Both Scripture readings today talk about a son who is rejected. The rejection can come out of jealousy or greed. The sons of Jacob were jealous and scornful of their brother Joseph because he was favored and doted upon by their father. Joseph was also a little boastful of his father’s favoritism and unwisely reported his dreams to his brothers, which had them bowing down to Him. Interestingly the dreams were actually prophesies of the future, where that’s exactly what did happen years later. But it didn’t make his standing with his brothers at the time any better, so they rejected and eliminated him from their lives.
Jesus’ parable of the death of the landowner’s son was similar but motivated by the greed of the vineyard’s tenants. They rationed that if the heir to the vineyard was dead, they would be rightful owners. Unfortunately for them, the owner was still alive himself, which made matters even worse for them – their own deaths.
All of this prefigured Jesus’ own persecution and death, caused by the jealous and greedy religious leaders of Jerusalem. Bottom line, of course, being both, that God the Father of Jesus was still alive to condemn them for their action. And, that Jesus himself would come back to life to prove their action meaningless to them. However to us, the resurrection of Jesus brings us hope and life. And it does that for all who believe!
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