On Today’s Gospel

Posted: May 30, 2016 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

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All we have comes from God our Father.  And He provides for us, so that we may lead fruitful lives for one another and for Him.

Yet do we behave like unlawful owners? Squandering what we have been given claiming what is ‘ours’? Refusing to produce good fruit, but instead maximising our returns for personal gain? Shutting our ears to the call for repentance of our Lord through our sisters and brothers He sends? Or are we instead faithful stewards?

Jesus our Lord and saviour is the keystone to our Heavenly Father’s Kingdom.  Through His great love for us, He did not leave us orphans. He gave us the Sacraments through which we can share in His divine nature. We can stand our ground against the powerful forces of evil and vice, for we are fortified by the living Word in us.

So let us pray fervently for one another and strive to help one another on our pilgrim journey back to Him. Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

First reading
2 Peter 1:2-7

May you have more and more grace and peace as you come to know our Lord more and more.

  By his divine power, he has given us all the things that we need for life and for true devotion, bringing us to know God himself, who has called us by his own glory and goodness. In making these gifts, he has given us the guarantee of something very great and wonderful to come: through them you will be able to share the divine nature and to escape corruption in a world that is sunk in vice. But to attain this, you will have to do your utmost yourselves, adding goodness to the faith that you have, understanding to your goodness, self-control to your understanding, patience to your self-control, true devotion to your patience, kindness towards your fellow men to your devotion, and, to this kindness, love.

Gospel
Mark 12:1-12

Jesus went on to speak to the chief priests, the scribes and the elders in parables: ‘A man planted a vineyard; he fenced it round, dug out a trough for the winepress and built a tower; then he leased it to tenants and went abroad. When the time came, he sent a servant to the tenants to collect from them his share of the produce from the vineyard. But they seized the man, thrashed him and sent him away empty-handed. Next he sent another servant to them; him they beat about the head and treated shamefully. And he sent another and him they killed; then a number of others, and they thrashed some and killed the rest. He had still someone left: his beloved son. He sent him to them last of all. “They will respect my son” he said. But those tenants said to each other, “This is the heir. Come on, let us kill him, and the inheritance will be ours.” So they seized him and killed him and threw him out of the vineyard. Now what will the owner of the vineyard do? He will come and make an end of the tenants and give the vineyard to others. Have you not read this text of scripture:

It was the stone rejected by the builders that became the keystone.

This was the Lord’s doing and it is wonderful to see?

And they would have liked to arrest him, because they realised that the parable was aimed at them, but they were afraid of the crowds. So they left him alone and went away.

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