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Daily Prayer - 2013-03-01

Presence

"Be still and know that I am God".
Lord, may your spirit guide me to seek
Your Loving presence more and more.
For it is there I find rest and refreshment from this busy world.

Freedom

Guide me always to do your holy will
knowing that your strength will
carry me through.

Consciousness

Lord, you are present in all things
And when I take time to simply sit and be with you
My mind rests
And I feel your peace.

The Word of God

Matthew 21:33-43

Jesus said: "Listen to another parable. There was a landowner who planted a vineyard, put a fence around it, dug a wine press in it, and built a watchtower. Then he leased it to tenants and went to another country. When the harvest time had come, he sent his slaves to the tenants to collect his produce. But the tenants seized his slaves and beat one, killed another, and stoned another. Again he sent other slaves, more than the first; and they treated them in the same way. Finally he sent his son to them, saying, 'They will respect my son.' But when the tenants saw the son, they said to themselves, 'This is the heir; come, let us kill him and get his inheritance." So they seized him, threw him out of the vineyard, and killed him. Now when the owner of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those tenants?" They said to him, "He will put those wretches to a miserable death, and lease the vineyard to other tenants who will give him the produce at the harvest time." Jesus said to them, "Have you never read in the scriptures: 'The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone; this was the Lord's doing, and it is amazing in our eyes'? Therefore I tell you, the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people that produces the fruits of the kingdom.

Some thoughts on today's scripture

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  • The parable is clear. The tenants refuse to pay the rent. The rent collectors get beaten up. The landlord’s son is killed. The listeners understand that the story doesn’t end well for the tenants. Jesus develops the further point. The builders reject the very stone that will become the cornerstone. The Jews reject the son who will become the Holy One.
  • The account of Jesus’ suffering, death and resurrection was the original focus for Matthew, Mark and Luke when writing the gospels. This parable gives it to us in a nutshell. “This was the Lord’s doing, and it is amazing in our eyes.”
  • I may not have a landlord. But who is the lord of my life?

Conversation

Dear Lord, stay by my side always.
Gain for me a trusting heart.
Thank you for loving me.

Conclusion

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit,
As it was in the beginning,
is now and ever shall be,
world without end.

Amen

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