For a more enriching experience,
go down on your knees to pray or take it one step further
and prostrate yourself (lay face down) on the floor while praying.
Father, in today's reading below, Jesus offered this parable to show the people just how rebellious and stubborn they can be and just how patient and tolerant You can be, but they missed the point. Just like in the parable, the Landlord (being You), gave the tenants (us) all that we needed. The rules were probably pretty easy from landlord to tenant and probably went something like this, "You have the freedom to do as you wish. Do Good." Through the tenants own choice, self-undoing, greed and self-importance, they fouled up their opportunity and lost everything. The landlord forgave over and over again using various means to give the tenants an opportunity to self-correct but they did not. They even went as far as killing the landlord's son, which was an analogy for You and Your Son Jesus. The tenants continued to test the landlord's patience and then it came time for justice and judgment to prevail, and it did. The opportunity of caring for and profiting from the vineyard was taken from the tenants and given to others. If we pay close enough attention to the news, we can see where much was entrusted to certain individual's and then it was taken from them when they took advantage of their lot or position in Life. Justice always prevails. It's Your Law! Thank You Father for this wonderful example of always being a Good steward and to shift my energy so that I will be better prepared to handle what You entrust to me.
Through Jesus Christ's Most Precious Blood, Most Sacred Name and Most Holy Face, I thank You for this awareness. Amen~
A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Mark
1 And He began to speak to them in parables. "A man planted a vineyard, and set a hedge around it, and dug a pit for the wine press, and built a tower, and let it out to tenants, and went into another country.
2 When the time came, he sent a servant to the tenants, to get from them some of the fruit of the vineyard.
3 And they took him and beat him, and sent him away empty-handed.
4 Again he sent to them another servant, and they wounded him in the head, and treated him shamefully.
5 And he sent another, and him they killed; and so with many others, some they beat and some they killed.
6 He had still one other, a beloved son; finally he sent him to them, saying, `They will respect my son.'
7 But those tenants said to one another, `This is the heir; come, let us kill him, and the inheritance will be ours.'
8 And they took him and killed him, and cast him out of the vineyard.
9 What will the owner of the vineyard do? He will come and destroy the tenants, and give the vineyard to others.
10 Have you not read this scripture: `The very stone which the builders rejected has become the head of the corner;
11 this was the Lord's doing, and it is marvelous in our eyes'?"
12 And they tried to arrest Him, but feared the multitude, for they perceived that He had told the parable against them; so they left Him and went away.
The Gospel of the Lord
Praise to You Lord Jesus Christ
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