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Lent Reflections
Spy Wednesday, March 28, 2018
Mark 12:1-11

Jesus began to speak to them in parables. "A man planted a vineyard, put a fence around it, dug a pit for the wine press, and built a watch-tower; then he leased it to tenants and went to another country. When the season came, he sent a slave to the tenants to collect from them his share of the produce of the vineyard. But they seized him, and beat him, and sent him away empty-handed. And again he sent another slave to them; this one they beat over the head and insulted. Then he sent another, and that one they killed. And so it was with many others; some they beat, and others they killed. He had still one other, a beloved son. Finally he sent him to them, saying, 'They will respect my son.' But those tenants said to one another, 'This is the heir; come, let us kill him, and the inheritance will be ours.' So they seized him, killed him, and threw him out of the vineyard. What then will the owner of the vineyard do? He will come and destroy the tenants and give the vineyard to others. Have you not read this scripture:

'The stone that the builders rejected
has become the cornerstone; 
this was the Lord’s doing,
and it is amazing in our eyes?'"


I know I'm not alone. There is turmoil in my life…today. This parable reminds me of two truths.


I often wear the shoes of a tenant. I know what God wants, and, all too often, I fall short. I do what I want to do instead. Secondly, I am reminded that God is God and I am not. He shows patience and forgiveness over and over, giving me chance after chance. I pray I will develop this grace when people and situations let me down or turn away from me.


I pray. Thank you, God, for the many chances you give me to do your will. Grant me patience and forgiveness. Amen.

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