Saint for the day: Boniface: (c. 675 – June 5, 744
Tobit 1:3: 2;1a8 – Psalm 112 – Mark 12:1-12
In today’s Holy Gospel Jesus tells the story of a vineyard owner and the tenants who were hired to take care of it. In this story Jesus says, [the owner] had one other to send, a beloved son. He sent him to them last of all, thinking, ‘They will respect my son.’ But those tenants said to one another, ‘This is the heir. Come, let us kill him, and the inheritance will be ours.’
We don’t have to be Scripture scholars to see the obvious connection between this “story” and the reality of God’s sending His only begotten Son into our world – “our vineyard.”
We also get a lesson in “salvation history” as Jesus is pointing out the Old Testament history of all the “prophets” who came down though the ages trying to let the people see that it was God’s desire to create a “people of His own” who could flourish in the chosen land and be “the People of God.”
But it’s not hard to see that history repeats itself even in our own time. We have all the gifts and abilities to be “the People of God” but we continue to – “cut off our noses in spite of our face” or, as another saying goes, “we shoot ourselves in the foot” in our attempt to have it our own way.
The age-old image of the vineyard seems to be the key to our understanding of our relationship to God who desires to have us be His People and to be like the choicest vines which produce much good, red wine! We, like the grape vines, have to spread out from our roots – a reminder of our commissioning to “Go out into all the world…” But we have to stay connected to the vine. The problem that most of us fall into is that we see how “blessed” we have been by being called the “children of God” and then, like the prodigal son we take off on our own – cutting all the ties to our heritage. When will we ever learn how important it is to stay connected to Jesus as the source of all of our fruitfulness? Something to think about. Amen!