(Gen 37:3-4, 12-12, 17-28; Mt 21:33-43, 45-46)
Greed possessed the servants whom the householder handed over his vineyard. They were not satisfied with their proceeds; they wanted to own it all. Greed is always anticipating pleasure in what belongs to another, thereby causing one pain in what belongs to him! After persecuting and killing the servants, they said of the Son, “This is the heir; come let us kill him and have his inheritance.” Their rejection of the son exposed their greed and wickedness and brought them to ruin.
However, Joseph became a pre-figuration of the Messiah, who was rejected out of jealousy by His people, was sold out by His very own apostle and was handed over to Roman foreigners. He was cast out of the Vineyard of Israel and was crucified. In the end, He brought salvation to all. “The very stone which the builders rejected has become the cornerstone.” Yes, if Jesus is not the CORNERSTONE of our lives, jealousy and greed shall spread their branches in our hearts. It is in Jesus that our secret thoughts are exposed and healed! Anything that will make us sell off the Messiah from our lives, or push Him out of the center of our hearts, will lead us to ruin. Our Lenten observances will help us train our hearts to fight against greed and jealousy, and remain at peace and satisfied in Jesus. Amen.
Fr Jude Chinwenwa Nwachukwu, C.Ss.R
Saints Peter & Paul Catholic Church,
Friday March 6th, 2021.