March 21, 2014
FRIDAY OF THE SECOND WEEK OF LENT
Genesis 37:3-4, 12-13A,17B-28A * Matthew 21:33-43, 45-46
God, the generous landowner, prepares his vineyard with a protective hedge, equips it with the tools needed to make wine, and builds in it a solid structure. He does this so that we, his tenants, may have success in tending to the land and bearing fruit. God gives us the protection, tools, and foundation we need to produce a life glorifying him, worthy of the Kingdom of God. Just as the landowner in the parable leaves his vineyard in the trust of his tenants as he goes on a journey, God allows in us freedom to do what we will with our vineyard.
Along the way, as we have been in the field, gotten our hands dirty, successfully done the work asked of us, we develop a sense of entitlement to the fruit we produce. We seek recognition for our work, especially when it yields plenty. God reminds us that it is through his Son that we are able to share in the inheritance that God promises. When our goodness becomes a reflection of ourselves and not of Jesus, we no longer share in the Kingdom of God—we share in the empty kingdom of ourselves.
- In what areas of your life are you getting your hands dirty with the work of furthering the Kingdom of God?
- In what situations is it hard to remember that all goodness is from the Lord? Is it when there is much fruit or very little fruit from your labors?
Class of 2014
I am currently living in Honduras, serving as a catechist in an orphanage called Nuestros Pequenos Hermanos.
St. Mary's Catholic Center will post a daily reflection from a student, former student, or staff member every day of Lent. We have compiled these reflections into a handout, given to our students on Ash Wednesday.