FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD
March 5, 2021
Second Friday of Lent
WORD of the DAY
Jesus said to them, “Did you never read in the Scriptures: The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone; by the Lord has this been done, and it is wonderful in our eyes? Therefore, I say to you, the Kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people that will produce its fruit.” When the chief priests and the Pharisees heard his parables, they knew that he was speaking about them. (Matthew 21/42-43)
How shall I live this Word?
Some exegetes identify this parable of the vineyard as a parable of human history. The history of men and women produces waste daily, which is eliminated along with human lives themselves. But that same garbage that is discarded is taken up by God as the cornerstone of a mysterious construction that is His kingdom. Humans throw everything away, to the point of throwing away God, throwing everything away and God recovers everything. It is the story that in some way each of us can experience, day after day. We often feel useless, incapable, discarded. Faced with the supremacy of success, we painfully perceive our inability, our failure. We feel excluded. But, contemplating the Gospel message, we feel that this same parable photographs the life of Jesus: misunderstanding, passion, death, hatred were painful elements in His existence. Yet there is hope. We too can become a ‘cornerstone’ like Jesus if we are able to live the Gospel message in this special time. Pope Francis repeats, “No to waste, yes to inclusion.” In doing so we will become the people to whom God will hand over His vineyard so that He may make it bear fruit in the mercy and acceptance of the other.”
I praise you, Lord, for you raised me up and did not let my enemies rejoice over me. O Lord, my God, I cried out to you for help and you healed me. Lord, you brought my soul up from Sheol; you let me live, from going down to the pit! (Ps 30: 2-5)
The Voice of Prayer
Lord God, after the prophets You sent Your own Son among Your people. But His presence annoyed many because it demanded real authenticity of life. For this reason, instead of welcoming Him, they decided to kill Him. You, on the other hand, with inexhaustible goodness, entrusted your vineyard to another people. Grant that we may participate in the Resurrection of Christ to be active members of this people and to bear fruit that will remain forever and ever.
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