“Listen to another parable: There was a landowner who planted a vineyard. He put a wall around it, dug a winepress in it and built a watchtower. Then he rented the vineyard to some farmers and went away on a journey. When the harvest time approached, he sent his servants to the tenants to collect his fruit. The tenants seized his servants; they beat one, killed another, and stoned a third. Then he sent other servants to them, more than the first time, and the tenants treated them the same way. Last of all, he sent his son to them. ‘They will respect my son,’ he said. But when the tenants saw the son, they said to each other, ‘This is the heir. Come, let’s kill him and take his inheritance.’ So they took him and threw him out of the vineyard and killed him. Therefore, when the owner of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those tenants?”
“He will bring those wretches to a wretched end,” they replied, “and he will rent the vineyard to other tenants, who will give him his share of the crop at harvest time.”
Jesus said to them, “Have you never read in the Scriptures: ” ‘The stone the builders rejected has become the capstone; the Lord has done this, and it is marvelous in our eyes’? Therefore I tell you that the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people who will produce its fruit. He who falls on this stone will be broken to pieces, but he on whom it falls will be crushed.”
When the chief priests and the Pharisees heard Jesus’ parables, they knew he was talking about them. They looked for a way to arrest him, but they were afraid of the crowd because the people held that he was a prophet.
Morning Prayer: I thank You, God, for this second day of the Holy Week. I thank You for this teaching that You gave so many years ago. I thank You that everything around me belongs to You, and we are all tenants of the things you have given to us. Help me to not be selfish or self focused but to be grateful for all that I have. Help me to be a good steward of the things You have placed under my care—my home, possessions, family, job. Please use me and the things You have given to me for Your glory. I want to bear fruit for You. I pray that You would point out areas throughout the day where I cling to these things too tightly. I do not want to miss out on Your work around me, so help me to do everything I do through You and for You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Evening Prayer: Abba, I thank You for this day that You have made. I thank You, God, for working in my midst. I pray that You would continue to help me see ways where I am not treating the things in my sphere of influence as under Your ownership. I choose to end today by doing the opposite of the Pharisees in the passage for today. I worship you because You are the capstone of my faith. In Jesus’ name, Amen.