Meditation for the Day

Friday, March 22

As We Continue Our Journey through Lent, May We Recognize Jesus As the True Cornerstone of Our Lives, the True Foundation upon Which Our Faith is Firmly Attached and Supported.

We read in today’s Gospel, “The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone” – a passage taken from the 118th Psalm. Of course, we know this “cornerstone” to be Jesus Christ, for He is the Son, the Heir, about whom we hear spoken in today’s parable.

When we begin to reflect upon the meaning of today’s Gospel and how it relates to our own lives, and when we think about the tenants – the farmers – in the parable of the vineyard, we need to reflect upon the gift of faith in our own life.

You and I are each called to be tenants, caretakers of this most wondrous gift which God has placed in our hearts – a gift which gives us hope, a gift which gives joy and meaning to our life here on this side of the eternal.

Both our Readings today, the first from the Book of Genesis and the Gospel parable teach us about relationships. Israel, whom we also know by the name Jacob, deeply loved his youngest son Joseph, reminding us of the Love which the Eternal Father has for His Only-Begotten Son.

When we read the complete story about Joseph and his betrayal and suffering, we find that it ultimately resulted in the redemption and reconciliation for his brothers. Jesus’ betrayal, suffering and death resulted in our redemption and reconciliation with our Eternal Father.

When we view Joseph in this light, we can see in him a prefigurement, a foreshadowing of Christ, for Jesus came to reconcile us with an All-Just and All-Merciful God. His parables point to the work He came to do – to open our hearts to the Kingdom of God within each one of us.

For you and me, this parable of the vineyard richly conveys some important truths about God and the way He deals with each of us.  First, it tells us of God’s generosity and trust:

The vineyard is well equipped with everything the tenants need. The owner went away and left the vineyard in the hands of the tenants. God likewise trusts each of us enough to give us freedom to run our life as we choose through the gift of free-will.

This parable also tells us of God’s patience and justice. Not once, but many times he forgives the tenants their offenses. But, while the tenants take advantage of the owner’s patience, his judgment and justice prevail in the end.

And so it will be for each of us with God, when you and I must make an accounting of how we have responded to the gift of faith with which we have been given.

Throughout the Gospels, Jesus foretells both His death and His ultimate triumph. Our Lord knew He would be rejected and killed, but He also knew that His death would not be the end. After rejection would come glory – the glory of His Resurrection, and the glory of His Ascension to the right hand of His Father and ours!

Through the salvific act of the Paschal Mystery – the Passion, Death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ – our reconciliation with God is complete. And He blesses His children with a most wondrous gift – the offer of eternal life to be shared with Him in His Heavenly Kingdom, an offer given to each of us from the time of Adam to the moment when the last child is to be born in this life.

And our Lord promises that we will bear much fruit, IF we abide in Him – IF we take the time to truly foster the gift of faith that is within each of us, IF we take the time to truly develop an intimate and loving relationship with our God.

And as His adopted children, God the Father entrusts His gifts and grace to each one of us, so that we may accomplish the work He entrusts to us in His Son’s vineyard.

As we continue our journey through Lent, may we recognize Jesus as the True Cornerstone of our lives, the True Foundation upon which our faith is firmly attached and supported.

And in the midst of our own rejections and sufferings which we may experience in this life, not unlike Joseph’s, not unlike our Lord’s, may we be reminded of the unfailing dependence and unwavering trust we are each called to have in our God –

– a God who has created us out of Love and who has given to each of us every good gift on this side of Heaven – gifts which are needed for our eternal salvation! †

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Please Comment, Like and Share, and Suggest to your Facebook friends – to spread the message of God’s Merciful Love.

Por favor Comente, Le Gusta y Comparta, y Sugiera a tus amigos en Facebook – en difundir el mensaje del Misericordioso Amor de Dios.

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Scripture for the Day

  • “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’” (Matthew 21:42)
  • “The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone. By the LORD has this been done; it is wonderful in our eyes. This is the day the LORD has made; let us rejoice in it and be glad.” (Psalm 118:22-24)
  • “For no one can lay a foundation other than the one that is there, namely, Jesus Christ.” (1 Corinthians 3:11)
  • “So then you are no longer strangers and sojourners, but you are fellow citizens with the holy ones and members of the household of God, built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the capstone.” (Ephesians 2:19-20)
  • “For through faith you are all children of God in Christ Jesus. For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.” (Galatians 3:26-27)
  • “Faith is the realization of what is hoped for and evidence of things not seen…without faith, it is impossible to please [God], for anyone who approaches God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.” (Hebrews 11:1, 6)
  • “…if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved” (Romans 10:9)
  • “For Christ is the end of the law for the justification of everyone who has faith.” (Romans 10:4)

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Prayer for the Day

“Lord God, Creator of Heaven and Earth,

You have given us the great day of rejoicing:

Jesus Christ, the stone rejected by the builders,

has become the Cornerstone of the Church,

our Spiritual Home.

“Shed upon Your Church the rays of Your Glory,

that it may be seen as the gate of salvation

open to all nations.

“Let cries of joy and exultation ring out from its tents,

to celebrate the wonder of Christ’s Resurrection. Amen.”

cf. Psalm-prayer from the Roman Breviary

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