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Friday of the Second Week of Lent

Psalm 73:25-26: Whom have I in heaven but you? And earth has nothing I desire besides you. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.
Prayer ...
Heavenly Father, Mighty Yahweh, Strength of Israel, Keeper of the Covenant and completion of maker of every prophecy, you are our hope, our strength and our future. We live this day in wide open amazement that the Keeper of the Universe knows our name, hear our voice, and care for us. Thank you for being our past, our present, and our future. Through Infant Jesus we pray. Amen.
Today's Readings ... (March 01, 2013)
Day: Friday of the Second Week of Lent
First Reading: Gn 37:3-4, 12-13a, 17b-28a
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 105:16-17, 18-19, 20-21
Second Reading: Nil
Gospel: Matthew 21:33-43, 45-46
Lectionary: 234
Colour: Voilet
Listen to Reading:
Scripture: Matthew 21:33-46
33"Hear another parable. There was a householder who planted a vineyard, and set a hedge around it, and dug a wine press in it, and built a tower, and let it out to tenants, and went into another country. 34When the season of fruit drew near, he sent his servants to the tenants, to get his fruit; 35and the tenants took his servants and beat one, killed another, and stoned another. 36Again he sent other servants, more than the first; and they did the same to them. 37Afterward he sent his son to them, saying, `They will respect my son.' 38But when the tenants saw the son, they said to themselves, `This is the heir; come, let us kill him and have his inheritance.' 39And they took him and cast him out of the vineyard, and killed him. 40When therefore the owner of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those tenants?" 41They said to him, "He will put those wretches to a miserable death, and let out the vineyard to other tenants who will give him the fruits in their seasons." 42Jesus said to them, "Have you never read in the scriptures: `The very stone which the builders rejected has become the head of the corner; this was the Lord's doing, and it is marvelous in our eyes'? 43Therefore I tell you, the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a nation producing the fruits of it." 45When the chief priests and the Pharisees heard his parables, they perceived that he was speaking about them. 46But when they tried to arrest him, they feared the multitudes, because they held him to be a prophet.
Meditation on Today's Scripture:
This parable says to us some important truths about God and the way he deals with his people. First, it tells us of God's kindness and trust. The vineyard is well equipped with all the tenants need. The owner went away and left the vineyard to the tenants. God, likewise trusts us enough to give us liberty to run life as we choose. This parable also tells us of God's endurance and justice. Not once, however many times he forgives the tenants their debts. But while the tenants take benefit of the owner's patience, his judgment and justice succeed in the end. Jesus foretold both his death and his final triumph. He knew he would be rejected and be killed, but he also knew that would not be the end. After refusal would come glory - the glory of resurrection and ascension to the right hand of the Father. The Lord blesses his people today with the present of his kingdom. And he promises that we will stand much fruit if we abide in him. He entrusts his gifts and grace to every of us and he gives us work to do in his vineyard – the body of Christ. He promises that our labor will not be in vain if we continue with faith to the end. We can expect trials and still persecution. But in the end we will see triumph. Do we labor for the Lord with blissful hope and with confidence in his victory? Jesus we thank you, for all the benefits which you have given to us; for all the pains and insults which you have borne for us. O most compassionate redeemer, friend, and brother, may we know you more clearly, love you more dearly, and follow you more nearly, for your own sake.


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