Friday 13 March 2020
Genesis 37:3-4, 12-13, 17-28. Remember the marvels the Lord has done – Psalm 104(105):16-21. Matthew 21:33-43, 45-46.
We are heirs to the Kingdom of God
Motives for murder tend to the mundane – jealousy and money. The readings today then are your standard crime novel plots. In the first reading, Joseph’s brothers are jealous of him. They contemplate murder but instead decide to sell him as a slave. Ultimately, of course, Joseph rises to have power over his brothers lives and opts for forgiveness. In Matthew’s Gospel there is no forgiveness for the tenants who do not want to cede back the land to the lawful owner. The tenants, who have come to enjoy the power and the money they now wield, commit violence against their landlord’s representatives, eventually killing the landowner’s beloved heir. As people of God we do not need to be jealous. We are all heirs to the Kingdom of God. It is ours for the asking and all we are asked to do in return is keep his commandments.