Wednesday April 16th 2014
Gospel Reading Mark 12:1-11
1Then he began to speak to them in parables. "A man planted a vineyard, put a fence around it, dug a pit for the wine press, and built a watchtower; then he leased it to tenants and went to another country. 2When the season came, he sent a slave to the tenants to collect from them his share of the produce of the vineyard. 3But they seized him, and beat him, and sent him away empty-handed. 4And again he sent another slave to them; this one they beat over the head and insulted. 5Then he sent another, and that one they killed. And so it was with many others; some they beat, and others they killed. 6He had still one other, a beloved son. Finally he sent him to them, saying, 'They will respect my son.' 7But those tenants said to one another, 'This is the heir; come, let us kill him, and the inheritance will be ours.' 8So they seized him, killed him, and threw him out of the vineyard. 9What then will the owner of the vineyard do? He will come and destroy the tenants and give the vineyard to others. 10Have you not read this scripture: 'The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone; 11this was the Lord's doing, and it is amazing in our eyes'?"
As we find ourselves within a sacred season. We have been afforded the opportunity to reflect on the goodness, and the mercy of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and the humble, necessary sacrifice that was made so that we could once again be in right relationship with our Sovereign God. When reflecting on the versus above the man who planted the vineyard demonstrates the characteristics of our Heavenly Father. The man in the vineyard made provision for his people and left them with a charge. Throughout the text is shows that the man who planted the vineyard sent many individuals to collect the tithe of the people, or if we compared it to modern time the praise, or worship of the people. Like many generations before that rejected the various prophets that our Sovereign Lord had sent to the people to share the Word, or Gospel they were often beat, killed, and tortured. As our Sovereign Lord sent His only son so did the man who planted the vineyard believing finally they will see. However, just as the people in their ignorance, self-centeredness, and greed did murder his son, in turn we crucified our Lord and Savior as well. When we stop to reflect, we come to know the only reason why God sent Jesus was to redeem us to Him. When we crucify Jesus it is truly our failure to understand God's unfailing Love. So, in this Lenten season. Fast from crucifying Jesus with our disbelief, of God's love, and Feast on God's love by acknowledging Jesus's sacrifice in our daily lives