05 March 2010
Today’s Readings: Gen 37: 3-4.12-13.17-28/Mt 21:33-43, 45-46
Parables are supposed to reveal and not hide the truth. A parable is told to criticize the person to whom it is addressed. It is meant to raise the person’s consciousness to a new level of understanding to call that person to conversion and reform/
In today’s parable, the vineyard is Israel, the vineyard owner is God, the servants are the prophets, the son is Jesus and the wicked tenants are the Jewish leaders who are against Jesus. The Jews who did not listened to this parable did not realize that Jesus was the Son of god and that the story was meant for them. Through the story, they are criticized and challenged to conversion. Awareness of this evil action must come from them and not from Jesus. Jesus enables the Jewish leaders to see themselves and their actions but they ignore the invitation to a radical conversion.They remained hard-hearted and even plan to kill Jesus after they realized that the parables are addressed to them.
Let us therefore evaluate our own lifestyle and determine the areas where we need conversion.
Loving Father, help me pray for the gift of repentance and give thanks to you for your unconditional love. Direct our thoughts that we may always seek what is right and true. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.