This Gospel reading is the Parable of the Tenants. Jesus tells the scribes and pharisees a story about a farmer who builds a farm up and plants the vineyard then rents it out. At harvest time he sends a servant to collect what belongs to him at the end of season. The tenants aren’t too happy so they beat the servant and send him back to the land owner. Then, the land owner sends more servants but all of them are beaten or killed. Finally he sends his son, hoping the tenants will respect him. They don’t and they kill him too, thinking they will receive the inheritance. Jesus is speaking about himself in this parable.
After spending some time contemplating this, the Lord shared with me that I am the cornerstone the builders rejected. I spent time living for the world; not in it, but for it. I sought love and peace from a world that only had hate and unrest to share. After 20 years I opened my heart to Christ and I have found the love and peace I was seeking. When I found it, the world rejected me. No one wants to hear that there is an all powerful God that wants to help. We are all too proud to accept his grace and mercy. But through this rejection by friends that wanted to stay in the world, I have become the cornerstone.
The Lord wishes to use each of us to grow his kingdom. The great commission was for each of us, granted it is lived out in different ways. Jesus wants all of us to go out and proclaim the Good News to everyone. We all have made mistakes and we have all been rejected by the people we love because we wanted to live a life that pleased God not the world. Christ wants us to become that cornerstone by accepting that rejection and using it to evangelize. He has placed on my heart a desire to share my struggles with young women, to encourage them not to make the same mistakes I have.
Each of us has a story to tell that will encourage someone else to live a life for Christ. Jesus wants us to be rejected by the world because that rejection is necessary for us to share his mercy with others. I’d like to encourage you today to take your past mistakes and share how the Lord’s grace has pulled you out, tell people what it means to be a beloved child of the Most High. Please don’t ever let worldly rejection discourage you. Always remember that they hate us because they first hated him. But we are built for a love that is found only through him. Cling to that love and find the courage to share your heart.