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Homilies :: Latin Rite
Monday of the 9 th Week of Ordinary Time Download This Homily

Tobit 1:3 ; 2:1-8;

Psalm 112:1-6;

Gospel MK 12:1-12


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.


Vocation for Stewardship


The parable of Jesus about the vineyard and the wicked tenants irritated some of his listeners because they perceived that β€œhe had told the parable against them.” They left him immediately. In fact, we must admire those people because they had at least a certain degree of self-awareness in spite of their incorrigible self-righteousness. However, through the parable of the wicked tenants Jesus was not just pointing his fingers at the scribes and the Pharisees of his time alone but at every human being who attempts to claim the ownership of what is entrusted to him/her. Jesus wants us to be conscious that whatever we have, we have received free and are given to us for a purpose. The tendency to forget the duties and responsibilities attached to the gifts and attempting to gain the ownership of the things at hand is nothing new. We can trace it back to our first parents at the Garden of Eden.


The landlord in the parable completed all preliminary works needed for a productive vineyard and entrusted it to tenants so that they may take care of it and harvest it at the proper time and handover the produce as he sends his servants to collect them. However, the moment those tenants gained access to the vineyard they wanted to make it their own. This is a natural human tendency. Whatever we have, we consider them as our own – our private property on which nobody else has got any right or claim. We turn our back towards the fact that everything, including our very being is not our own. We do not have any claim over the blessings we are enjoying. They are all free gifts. Day after day we are reaping the fruits of the hard work of others as if we are entitled to have them all. We forget the fact that we were and still are constantly at the mercy and goodwill of others.


Our vocation is for stewardship. We are blessed in order to be blessings for others. Our time, talents and treasures – these are given to us not to hide or conserve them as precious possessions but to distribute them to the needy. None of these blessings we can keep forever. They will be available to us only for a short while. The more diligently and generously we distribute them, the happier and praiseworthy our life will turn out to be.


Dr. Kurian Perumpallikunnel CMI


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