Friday of the Second Week of Lent

(Mt 21, 33-43, 45-46)

Jesus said to the chief priests and the elders of the people:
“Hear another parable.
There was a landowner who planted a vineyard,
put a hedge around it,
dug a wine press in it, and built a tower.
Then he leased it to tenants and went on a journey.
When vintage time drew near,
he sent his servants to the tenants to obtain his produce.
But the tenants seized the servants and one they beat,
another they killed, and a third they stoned.
Again he sent other servants, more numerous than the first ones,
but they treated them in the same way.
Finally, he sent his son to them,
thinking, ‘They will respect my son.’
But when the tenants saw the son, they said to one another,
‘This is the heir.
Come, let us kill him and acquire his inheritance.’
They seized him, threw him out of the vineyard, and killed him.
What will the owner of the vineyard do to those tenants when he comes?”
They answered him,
“He will put those wretched men to a wretched death
and lease his vineyard to other tenants
who will give him the produce at the proper times.”
Jesus said to them, “Did you never read in the Scriptures:

The stone that the builders rejected
has become the cornerstone;
by the Lord has this been done,
and it is wonderful in our eyes?

Therefore, I say to you,
the Kingdom of God will be taken away from you
and given to a people that will produce its fruit.”
When the chief priests and the Pharisees heard his parables,
they knew that he was speaking about them.
And although they were attempting to arrest him,
they feared the crowds, for they regarded him as a prophet.

The Green-eyed Monster

“O, beware, my Lord, of jealousy; It is the green-eyed monster” sayeth Shakespeare’s lago to Othello. Out of jealousy lago plots the murder of his friends, and out of jealousy Othello murders his wife, Desdemona. Indeed, jealousy is a dangerous passion as it poisons the heart of man and drives him to do dastardly deeds!

The brothers of Joseph were so jealous of the him that they eventually got rid of him by selling him for 20 pieces of silver, the price of a boy slave! They were jealous of the love of their father Jacob had for Joseph. Jacob will lose his beloved son, Joseph, because of the jealousy.

Joseph’s experience was a prophecy, Jesus, the true beloved son of the Father, would also be sold. The jealous brother of Joseph will, in the time of Jesus, be the jealous and malicious tenant in the parable of Jesus in today’s Gospel. Out of jealousy the priest and Pharisees will plot the death of Jesus. They will be ably assisted by one of the twelve, Judas, who will sell his Master for 30 pieces of silver, the price of an adult slave!

Be careful, then with the green-eyed monster called jealousy! Jealous person can become so consumed with this green-eyed monster as to sell even their own loved ones, Beware!

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