Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
March 13.D. 2009
Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:
Genesis 37:3-4, 12-13a, 17b-28a
Psalm 105:16-17, 18-19, 20-21
Matthew 21:33-43, 45-46
A reflection on today's Scripture:
Today the Church prays:
We are familiar with one of Christ's favorite methods of teaching, that is by telling "stories" or "parables" to make a point. Many of us remember messages better that way. In today's gospel we hear about the landowner sending his servants to collect the fruits of the tenants' labor. As we recall, those tenants beat the servants and in the end harmed even the son of the landowner.
Among the many lessons that we might take from this parable is that of accountability. We will have a sense of accountability when we appreciate the efforts and schedules of those around us. We realize that we do not function in isolation, and that to be a member of the greater community and function within our families we need to be aware of things such as keeping time commitments, keeping deadlines, and keeping appointments as examples. Tied up with this is the very important theme of respect. If we respect one another, we will strive to keep our word so that others can go about their daily routine.
The tenants in the gospel parable acted as though they were unaware of their need to be accountable and showed no respect toward the servants, representatives of their landowner. The parable can help us to reflect upon our own demonstration of accountability and to have respect toward others.
- Joan of Jesus, OCDS
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