Posted by: livingscripture | March 1, 2013

Second Friday of Lent

From the Word of the Day

“The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone; by the Lord has this been done, and it is wonderful in our eyes.”

(Matthew 21: 42)

 

How should we live this Word? jesus-face-velazquez5

This comparison between the rock that was rejected and then became the foundation of a building often returns in the Bible.  In today’s Gospel, Matthew inserts it in the parable of the vineyard leased to tenants.  They did not respect the contract made with the owner and refused to hand over the produce, getting rid of the servants sent to gather it and treating them very disrespectfully.  The owner’s son, the heir comes and they decide to kill him!

Our thoughts immediately go to the primordial times of salvation history, to a group of workers, not dependent, but brothers, sons of the same father, who together decide the fate of one of them, Joseph, who was considered the favorite.  However, the Lord of history will overturn that decision.  The rejected brother represents the way of salvation and of reconciliation.  It is through him that the Lord manifests His wonderful works for his family and for the people who give them hospitality.

Can the same be said of the vineyard?  Those who listen to the parable harshly condemn the behavior of the ungrateful tenants.  But Jesus directs their thought to what the Lord does.  The rejected stones become the foundation.  The vineyard is entrusted to those who are worthy to take care of it and produce good fruit.  These are the marvelous works that rejoice the hearts of all who see them and know how to recognize the love of the Owner, His mercy and His benevolence.

Today in my pause for silent contemplation, I will ask Jesus to help me be a good servant, giving God all of myself and respecting those who lead me to Him. 

Lord, open my eyes to recognize Your works.  Strengthen my faith in Your presence.  Sustain me in my adhesion to Your will to show mercy to all. 

The Voice of Pope Benedict XVI, Lenten Message 2013 

Faith, a gift and a response, makes us know the truth of Christ as Love incarnate and crucified, full of perfect adhesion to the Father’s will, and of infinite divine mercy toward our everyone.  Faith roots in the heart and mind, the firm conviction that precisely this love is the only reality victorious over evil and death.

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