Mark 12:1-12 Reflection – Jesus as Living Parable

Reflection on Mark 12:1-12

Jesus quotes David the Palmist of God reshaping what was unworthy into a cornerstone. God knows what will become great, peace filled or loved, outside our understanding. If we reject someone without fully understanding their purpose in life or if our judgement of a situation is clouded by unsupported supposition, we have not accepted Jesus as a living parable.  Personally as I have incorrectly rejected someone, yet with forgiveness, the Lord continues to reshape me.  

The Corner Stone James Tissot Brooklyn Museum

The Corner Stone, James Tissot, Brooklyn Museum

Additional Ordinary Time Reflections

Mark 12  New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (NRSVCE)

 The Parable of the Wicked Tenants

12 Then he began to speak to them in parables. “A man planted a vineyard, put a fence around it, dug a pit for the wine press, and built a watchtower; then he leased it to tenants and went to another country. When the season came, he sent a slave to the tenants to collect from them his share of the produce of the vineyard. But they seized him, and beat him, and sent him away empty-handed. And again he sent another slave to them; this one they beat over the head and insulted. Then he sent another, and that one they killed. And so it was with many others; some they beat, and others they killed. He had still one other, a beloved son. Finally he sent him to them, saying, ‘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, killed him, and threw him out of the vineyard. What then will the owner of the vineyard do? He will come and destroy the tenants and give the vineyard to others. 10 Have you not read this scripture:

‘The stone that the builders rejected
    has become the cornerstone;
11 this was the Lord’s doing,
    and it is amazing in our eyes’?”

12 When they realized that he had told this parable against them, they wanted to arrest him, but they feared the crowd. So they left him and went away.

Thank you for meditating on this daily Gospel reading and considering this reflection Mark 12:1-12.