October 5, 2014

Reading Matthew 21:33-44 (NRSV)

It’s a good thing God does not require us to like every bit of the scriptures.

Today’s reading recounts more mean and nasty behavior than I want to hear about. Jesus tells of a landowner who keeps sending people to represent him, and his tenants reject each one. Jesus predicts his own execution as the tenants kill the landowner’s son.

Have we ever done this? Have we criticized, rejected, or harmed one of God’s emissaries?

Jesus gives us this analogy: the building blocks we throw out may be the ones God deems most important.

Jesus instructs us to produce the fruits of the kingdom; to give God the produce at harvest time.

Even when we don’t like what we hear.

God has leased to us a world, a life, family, friends, many blessings. We are the stewards.

When God’s emissaries come, whoever they may be, how will you respond?

Let us pray. Creator God, thank you for loving us even when we don’t like hearing your word. Forgive us for rejecting your emissaries. May we honor all your blessed children, and show the fruits of your kingdom in everything we say and do. Amen.

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