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Daily Prayer 2016-05-30
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U. S. A. | SPIRITUAL LIFE
May 30, 2016 - Monday of the Ninth Week in Ordinary Time
Father Edward McIlmail, LC
Jesus began to speak to
the chief priests, the scribes, and the elders in parables.
"A man planted a vineyard, put a hedge around it,
dug a wine press, and built a tower. Then he
leased it to tenant farmers and left on a journey.
At the proper time he sent a servant to the
tenants to obtain from them some of the produce of
the vineyard. But they seized him, beat him, and sent
him away empty-handed. Again he sent them another servant. And
that one they beat over the head and treated shamefully.
He sent yet another whom they killed. So, too, many
others; some they beat, others they killed. He had one
other to send, a beloved son. He sent him to
them last of all, thinking, ´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 and killed him, and
threw him out of the vineyard. What then will the
owner of the vineyard do? He will come, put the
tenants to death, and give the vineyard to others. Have
you not read this scripture passage: The stone that the
builders rejected has become the cornerstone; by the Lord has
this been done, and it is wonderful in our eyes?"
They were seeking to arrest him, but they feared the
crowd, for they realized that he had addressed the parable
to them. So they left him and went away.
Lord, I come before you humbly. As one who has
frequently fallen into sin, I am aware of my weakness.
Your great love, though, assures me that your grace can
keep me on the path to holiness.
Petition: Lord, let me
be open to you and your messages.
- Stand Corrected:
Being corrected hurts. Being corrected in public hurts even more.
And having one´s whole way of life corrected — well,
that really stings. And so it must have been for
the group of leaders who approached Jesus. Our Lord, in
a not-so-subtle way, tells them that they are wrong. Wrong
about their self-righteousness, wrong about their narrow reading of Scripture,
and wrong about how they think God works in the
world. This blinded them to the Son of God when
he came among them. We like to think we would
have been different ― we would not have rejected Jesus,
we tell ourselves. Are we so sure? Aren´t we really
like the leaders of Jesus´ time when we fail to
listen to his agents ― a bishop, a parish priest,
a legitimate superior? Have I said no to Christ lately?
- "Another Servant" God doesn´t give up on us
after one try. He often sends a number of messengers
into our lives, to draw us closer to him. Such
is the illogic of a Father´s love. Where do we
miss the clues that God sends us? It could be
in something a child says; a line from a homily;
an e-mail from a friend in crisis ― these are
the ordinary means God uses to reach out to us.
Old Testament prophets faced rejection by the people of God.
Have things changed much? Could I be turning a deaf
ear to a prophet?
- "This Is the Heir"
The tenant farmers don´t seem very bright. They murder the
son in order to get his inheritance. What father would
give an inheritance to someone who killed his son? It
doesn´t make sense. Then again, sin doesn´t make sense either.
Many times we reject Christ in our life and then
wonder why our prayers to God the Father go (seemingly)
unanswered. What could we be thinking? How often do I
offer up a sacrifice or an act of charity for
a prayer intention?
Conversation with Christ: Let me live up to
the demands of my faith, Lord. Let me realize that
my dignity as a Christian demands that I try to
live a life worthy of my baptism ― that I
not be satisfied living like everyone else.
Resolution: I will offer
up a decade of a rosary for a family member
who is far from the faith.
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