Homily (Reflection) for Monday of the Ninth Week in Ordinary Time (II) (30th May, 2016) on the Gospel


2Pt 1:2-7;
Ps 90:1-2.14-16. (R. cf. v.2);
Mk 12:1-12.

Topic: We are all tenants.

Jesus told the people this parable, “A man planted a vineyard, put a fence around it, dug a pit for the wine press, and built a watchtower; then he leased it to tenants and went to another country.” Looking at this parable, the owner of the vineyard put everything in order before leasing it out to the tenants. One would have expected them to be appreciative by playing according to the rules. However, all the servants the man sent to collect his own share of the produce were either beaten up or killed. Not even his son was spared.

The Psalmist rightly wrote, “The earth is the LORD's and the fullness thereof, the world and those who dwell therein” (Ps 24:1; cf. 1Cor 10:26). And the book of Job reads, “Naked I came from my mother's womb, and naked shall I return...” (Job 1:21). Saint Paul in his first letter to Timothy also wrote, “for we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world” (1Tim 6:7). He also asked, “What have you that you did not receive? If then you received it, why do you boast as if it were not a gift?” (1Cor 4:7).

The people who heard this parable from Jesus’ mouth were not aware that it was about them. In the same vein, many may be looking at this parable as a passage to show how bad the Jews were. Let us not forget that it was written for our instruction, cf. Rom 15:4; 1Cor 10:11.

Based on these, we all are truly God’s tenants. How one sees and handles the things God left in his/her custody makes the difference – good or wicked tenants. And it is in each person’s hand to choose what he/she wants to be.

Bible Reading: Job 1:13-22.

Thought for today: What have you that you did not receive?

Let us pray: God help us both to understand that everything is yours and to handle them accordingly – Amen.

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