From a Creighton Student's Perspective
of Creighton University's Online Ministries
March 13th, 2009
Senior, Theology and Spanish Major
However, in such guilt, we also find a message of hope. No matter the brokenness of humanity, God’s own love still overcomes all evil and brings deliverance to those in sorrow. In the reading and the Gospel, we learn about the loss of a son three times: first, Israel’s loss of Joseph; second, the landowner’s loss of his son and heir; and finally, a foreshadowing moment of the death of God’s son, Jesus Christ. We also see, in these moments of trial, that redemption always follows. Joseph, rejected by his brothers in hate, saved a nation. We can read on to discover how he was brought to the land of Egypt and interpreted a dream for Pharaoh that ultimately saved the region from famine. His brothers came to Egypt in search for food, were given hospitality by Joseph, and thus survived to make the nation of Israel and its twelve tribes a reality. For Israel (Jacob by another name), seeing his son, once thought dead, alive, it was a resurrection experience, and for us as Christians, it was the foundation of the faith and tradition that lives on in us today.
In the Gospel parable, the landowner sends his servants, his prophets, and they are rejected and killed by greedy, envious, and ungrateful tenants. The land owner then sends his heir, his beloved, who is also rejected and killed. By his son’s death, the landowner expels the evil tenants and shares his kingdom with those worthy, those who will be faithful and love the landowner, his messengers, and each other. It is in the death of the son that those who labor forward in fidelity can be redeemed, that the righteous can become true heirs of the kingdom.
And so the connection is made to Christ, God’s own son, coming after Israel’s rejected prophets, who, though scorned, beaten, and murdered by those in whom God so entrusted the kingdom, has brought redemption to all and opened the kingdom to those who seek after Truth with endurance.
In the end, salvation prevails, in spite of human failure. God’s love for the world surpasses all envy, hatred, and greed, and we as brethren of the kingdom only have to strive to be true heirs in the way that we love in imitation of Christ.
So, today, who are we in these readings? Are we the jealous brothers, denying the father’s passionate love for his son and casting the son away? Are we the repentant brothers, who reconcile ourselves with both the son and the father in our desire to love? Are we the greedy tenants, or are we the redeemed tenants who will be heirs to the kingdom of God? Are we to reject the corner stone, or build on it the foundation of a Church that welcomes all and loves all? Can we love each other as God loves the son and the son loves humanity, loves us?
The stone that the builders rejected
By the Lord has this been done, and it is wonderful in our eyes.
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