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Reflections on the Daily Readings
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March 21th, 2014

Kelly Sullivan

Today, the readings talk about beloved sons. The reading from Genesis is about Joseph, the favorite son of Israel who is sent to be with his brothers, but their hatred and jealousy of him cause them to sell Joseph off to the Ishmaelites. The Gospel from Matthew tells the story of the son who was sent by his father to obtain the fruit of the vineyard from his tenants and was killed. In both stories, the boys are sent by their father and are rejected. But Jesus challenges the chief priests and the Pharisees not to reject him, the son the father has sent, or they will lose the Kingdom of God.

I think Jesus is challenging us, too, to recognize the "sons" in our life who we reject, ignore, or mistreat. Are there people in our lives that we are envious of? Do we care more about ourselves than about the success of our friends, our community, and the common good of the world? And do we ignore the prophets of today because it may mean a change in thought or lifestyle?

Perhaps he is also calling us to recognize when we are being sent by our father. Like Joseph, the owner's son, and Jesus, we may face opposition on our journeys, but our rejection may be used as a base to build from—the stone that will become the cornerstone. Today, let's pray for light to understand the prophets that God sends in our lives as well as the courage to discern where God is sending us.

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