Monday 5 June 2017
Tobit 1:3, 2:1-8. Psalms 111(112):1-6. Mark 12:1-12.
Happy are those who fear the Lord — Psalms 111(112):1-6.
‘The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone.’
The reading from Tobit introduces us to a man who, as an observant Jew, follows God’s law and demonstrates his love for God by showing kindness to his neighbour, even at some personal risk to himself. The managers of the vineyard in today’s gospel, however, behave quite differently. They ill-treat the messengers sent by the owner, finally killing his beloved son.
The story is interpreted by the listeners as referring to their rejection of Jesus, and they go away determined to destroy him by any means available. The refusal of these people to recognise Jesus weighed heavily on the minds of the early Christians who could not understand why they could not accept that he was the longed-for Messiah.
I wonder if we would recognise him if he came into the world today!