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Today's Gospel + short theological explanation

Monday of the Ninth Week in Ordinary Time

Gospel text (Mk 12,1-12): Jesus began to speak to the chief priests, the scribes and the elders in parables. «A man planted a vineyard (…). Then he leased the vineyard to tenants (…). In due time he sent a servant to receive from the tenants his share of the fruit. But they seized the servant, struck him and sent him back empty-handed. Again the man sent (…) many others (…). One was still left, his beloved son. And so, last of all, he sent him to the tenants (…). But those tenants said to one another: ‘This is the one who is to inherit the vineyard. Let's kill him and the property will be ours’ (…).

»Now, what will the owner of the vineyard do? He will come and destroy those tenants and give the vineyard to others». And Jesus added, «Have you not read this text of the Scriptures: ‘The stone which the builders rejected has become the keystone. This was the Lord's doing; and we marvel at it’» (…).

Men usurp the creation (“Parable of the wicked tenants”)

EDITORIAL TEAM evangeli.net (based on texts by Benedict XVI) (Città del Vaticano, Vatican)

Today, the words of Jesus show us the work of the creation as “God’s vineyards” and man as its administrator. In the parable, the vineyards produce good grapes but the farmers keep it for themselves. They don’t want to give it to the owner. They beat and murder their messengers and kill their Son.

These farmers, who do not want to have a master, are also a reflection for us. Men usurp the creation which has been given to us to administer it. We want to possess the world and our own life in a unlimited way; God is a nuisance for us.

—Where man becomes sole ruler of the world and owner of himself, there can be no justice. Free will becomes the only power. Certainly one can get rid of the Son out of the vineyards and kill him to enjoy selfishly the fruits of the earth. But then, it soon becomes a barren trampled by wild boars as taught in Psalm 79.