18th MARCH 2022


FRIDAY, SECOND WEEK OF LENT

 

Gn 37:3-4,12-13,17-28;            Ps 105:16-21;          Mt 21:33-43,45-46


 

THE IMPRISONED WORD

 

Today’s gospel presents the parable of the householder who let his property out to tenants. Jesus tells the chief priests and the elders of the people this parable to make them understand how far they have fallen from righteousness. The Gospel places us before a drama, not of the people – for the people understood that Jesus was a great prophet – but of the leaders of the people, and some of the priests of that time, the doctors of the law, and the elders whose hearts were not open to God’s word.

 

We read in the Gospel that the householder planted a vineyard, and set a hedge around it, and dug a wine press in it, and built a tower. They are all things which “he did himself, with great love”. And then “he let the vineyard out to tenants.” This is exactly what the Lord has done with us; he has lent us life, and with it, “the promise” that he would come to save us. Yet, the elders saw a profitable business venture in it: “the vineyard is beautiful, let’s take it, it’s ours!” Thus, as the Gospel tells us, the season of fruit drew near, and the householder’s servants went to get his fruit. But the tenants, who had already placed themselves as masters of the vineyard, said: “No, let us cast them out, this is ours!”

 

This parable recounts the drama of humanity. “He came to his own, and his own did not receive him.” (Jn 1:11). They made themselves masters of God’s word; and the word of God became their word, a word fashioned according to their own interests, their own theologies, their own ideologies. Everyone interpreted it according to his own will, according to his own interests; and ‘they murdered to maintain this’. Just as the true meaning of God’s word died in the hearts of these elders, so also can it die in us. Yet, the word does not end there, for it is alive in the hearts of the simple, the humble, and the faithful.

 


Response: Remember the wonders the Lord has done.


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