Sunday, June 03, 2012
MONDAY 9TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME – YEAR II
MONDAY 9TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME – YEAR II
2 Pt 1:2-7 / MK 12:1-12
2 PETER 1:2-7
May grace and peace abound in you through the knowledge of God and of
Jesus our Lord. His divine power has given us everything we need for
life and piety. First the knowledge of the One who called us through
his own Glory and Might, by which we were given the most extraordinary
and precious promises. Through them you share in the divine nature,
after repelling the corruption and evil desires of this world. So,
strive with the greatest determination and increase your faith with
goodness, goodness with knowledge, knowledge with moderation,
moderation with constancy, constancy with piety, piety with mutual
affection, mutual affection with charity.
Using parables, Jesus went on to say, "A man planted a vineyard, put a
fence around it, dug a hole for the wine press and built a watch
tower. Then he leased the vineyard to tenants and went abroad. 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 another servant. They also struck him on
the head and treated him shamefully. He sent another and they killed
him. In the same way they treated many others: some they beat up and
others they killed. One was still left, his beloved son. And so, last
of all, he sent him to the tenants, for he said, `They will respect my
son.' 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.' So they seized him and killed him, and threw him out of the
vineyard. 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 is the Lord's
doing, and we marvel at it?" They wanted to arrest him, for they
realized that Jesus meant this parable for them, but they were afraid
of the crowd; so they left him and went away.
Jesus uses allegorical elements in the parable. The vineyard is the
land of Israel, the farmers who lease the land are the people of
Israel, the owner is God. The servants sent by the owner to the
farmers are the prophets who constantly call the people to do works
worthy of God. Finally the son of the owner is, of course, Jesus.
Toward the end of his narration, Jesus makes evident the point of the
parable: "The owner will come and destroy those tenants and turn his
vineyard over to others." Those who were responsible for cultivating
the vineyard and for giving the owner the agreed- on portion of the
harvest violated his trust, so he will take the vineyard from them and
give the responsibility for it to new tenants. The parable therefore
says that the vineyard's care is being taken from the Jewish people
and handed over to others. These `others' the early Christians
understood to be themselves, the Church founded by Jesus.
We can stop right here and the parable holds no threats for us.
However, the parable suggests that each of us is responsible for that
portion of the vineyard put into our hands: family, neighborhood,
country. Our performance may excel with regard to the family. But do
we show much responsibility for the material and spiritual welfare of
those in our neighborhood or for the country at large?
We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
… for the speedy recovery and healing of
- Rowena Lacida-Yap and Renan Lacida
- Eriberta C. Calvario
- Mon Torres
- Ditas dela Paz
- Tito Oreta
… for the personal intentions of
- Josheil Dapo
.. In Memoriam: Louise Cleveland, Selma Stockstill, Kathy Fortenberry,
Al Gowins, Tony Miller, Jimmy the Fireman, Roy Billet
… for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Thanksgiving: Co Gloria, Leen, Gio
- Thanksgiving: Anie, Leann, Michael, Airel,& Lenie Ramos
- In Memoriam (+): Francisco Chew Acero
- In Memoriam (+): Maxima Reyes
… for families who are in need of healing
… for world peace and reconciliation.
Finally, we pray for one another, for those who have asked our prayers
and for those who need our prayers the most.
Have a good day!
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