Friday, February 26th – Ashley Accardo, Class of 2016
Gospel: MT 21:33-43, 45-46
Jesus said to the chief priests and the elders of the people:
“Hear another parable.
There was a landowner who planted a vineyard,
put a hedge around it,
dug a wine press in it, and built a tower.
Then he leased it to tenants and went on a journey.
When vintage time drew near,
he sent his servants to the tenants to obtain his produce.
But the tenants seized the servants and one they beat,
another they killed, and a third they stoned.
Again he sent other servants, more numerous than the first ones,
but they treated them in the same way.
Finally, he sent his son to them,
thinking, ‘They will respect my son.’
But when the tenants saw the son, they said to one another,
‘This is the heir.
Come, let us kill him and acquire his inheritance.’
They seized him, threw him out of the vineyard, and killed him.
What will the owner of the vineyard do to those tenants when he comes?”
They answered him,
“He will put those wretched men to a wretched death
and lease his vineyard to other tenants
who will give him the produce at the proper times.”
Jesus said to them, “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.”
When the chief priests and the Pharisees heard his parables,
they knew that he was speaking about them.
And although they were attempting to arrest him,
they feared the crowds, for they regarded him as a prophet.
I’ve always liked climbing on the rocks behind the levee by Bonnabel Boat Launch. I love the feeling of being close to Lake Pontchartrain and the adventure of choosing rocks to steady my path. Sometimes, I put too much weight on a loose rock, lose my balance, and almost fall. I see this pattern occur in my spiritual life as well. When I place my value in things other than Christ, I fall, and the fall is not pretty.
Our greed to be the best and our desire to be accepted can transform us into different people, away from our true identity in Christ. In this Parable, Jesus mentions how the tenant farmers’ are led away from Heaven through their greedy actions to take the harvest. Jesus then tells the Pharisees that those who produce the proper fruit will receive the Kingdom of Heaven. These tenant farmers take extreme levels to to fulfill their desires, but oftentimes, our own selfish thoughts are not too far away from the thoughts of the tenant farmers. We fill ourselves with the need for things that are of this world, instead of letting the Holy Spirit change our desires to align ourselves with God.
Jesus makes the promise to us that He is the Cornerstone, meaning that He is the one that is and is to come, forever our fortress and foundation on which we stand. He promises us the Kingdom of Heaven, if we produce good fruit. During this Lenten season, let us take our sinful thoughts and desires and crucify them to the cross with Jesus. Through our adventures in life, Jesus is the one who gives us our strength and steadies our path. Therefore, let us think of Jesus as our cornerstone, the Rock that is the foundation for the world.
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