The Evil Farmers

Haven’t you read this scripture,
The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone.

The Lord has done this, and it’s amazing in our eyes?

Mark 12:10-11

When you read this story, think about the image of the watchman in the tower from yesterday’s reading. The person in the watchtower and the hired farmers betrayed the owner of the vineyard and treated the servants of the owner very badly.

A question: who do you think Jesus has in mind as the one that the owner finally sent to take care of the problem he was having with the hired farmers? Hint: if the vineyard is a symbol of the world and the owner of the world is God, then who is the son of the owner of the vineyard? In the last verse, you’ll find out who are the wicked ones that Jesus is really talking about in this story.

Loyalty protection, fidelity…these are some words that come to mind when we think about the trust that God places in us to protect the Kingdom of God on earth. Can you think of any other words? Will you be the kind of person on whom God can trust to take care of all the beauty and wonder of God’s Kingdom of love and peace?

Mark 12:1-12

Here is a sample of a seven-syllable breath-prayer
from today’s reading:
To God the things that are God’s v. 17
For more information about
this creative way to pray, see Bible Breaths.

This is the fifth of thirteen weeks in the season of Kingdomtide,
autumn in the north. Year B.
Fridays are dedicated to the New Testament, except the Gospels.
We read the Gospel of Mark in Year B.

Calendar for 2018: “God’s Year of Grace”

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