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Humans find any reason not to change - Meditation for Wednesday in Holy Week

Lush greenery & large stone wine jar stand in vineyard, modern day Israel.

The stone that the builders rejected
     has become the cornerstone; *

this was the Lord’s doing,
     and it is amazing in our eyes”?’ 

The parable of Vineyard owner reminds us that God continues to try to win us over. Again and again, the “crowd” turns against the ones sent from God. Again and again, we see the same patterns repeated in human history. We see it in the schoolyard, in politics,, in families and in nations. It is the stuff of wars, of genocide, of the worst and most horrific examples of man’s inhumanity to man. Driven by jealousy, fear, ignorance, ambition, the crowd turns over against the weaker, or less strong over and over again.This parable shows that even sending the Son himself is not enough to change the behavior of the masses. The story reminds us that when faced with change for the good, humans find any reason not to change. They would rather kill the messenger than hear the message.

At this point, Jesus’ has his face firmly turned towards Jerusalem. In the Gospel of John, it is clear He knows that the crowd will go over against him, but how, now as then, do we foretell our death to those we love? Although this parable foreshadows the not yet, we know that Christ’s death opened the way of hope and salvation. And that is truly amazing in our eyes. I wonder what might have happened had the Temple authorities accepted Jesus’ claim. Or the Roman authorities rejected the call to crucify the Son of God. The amazing thing is that out of the ignominy and cruelty came such joy. Joy that saves us even today. So, as we enter the real time story of Jesus’ last days, let us remember that the Lord’s doing is always amazing and rejoice and take comfort in that knowing.

The readings for Wednesday in Holy Week are Psalm 55; Lam. 2:1-9; 2 Cor. 1:23-2:11; Mark 12:1-11 ; and can be found at satucket.com/lectionary/2holywk.htm#Wednesday.

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