March 28

Psalm 55; Psalm 74; Lamentations 2:1-9; 2 Corinthians 1:23—2:11; Mark 12:1-11

Have you not read this scripture: “The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone”  Mark 12:10

You’ve probably heard the typical explanation of this parable – God is the man; the vineyard is ancient Israel and Judea; the Jewish people are the tenants; the slaves are God’s prophets of old; the son of the man, is Jesus; who is killed by the Jewish people. God comes and destroys the Jews and gives it all to the Gentiles, soon to be Christians.

Like the tenants in this parable, God has given us all that we need to have a productive, happy life, serving God and God’s people, entrusting us to use the gifts given us to bring about God’s kingdom on earth. But like the ancient Israelites, we question God’s authority; we try to have the privileges and gifts without responsibility and duty.

We don’t want God to intrude in our consciences or require us to give (freely) of the bounty we enjoy. Being good tenants means being good stewards, which involves responsibility and faithfulness, and eventually and repeatedly, sacrifice.

Am I a good steward of all that God has given me, am I a cornerstone? Or am I a vineyard tenant, disregarding those who ask me to be a faithful tenant and steward.

Hear my prayer, O God; * do not hide yourself from my petition. Psalm 55:1