Today’s Gospel Reading: Matthew 21:33-43,45-46 – 2nd WEEK OF LENT: Friday, 22 March 2019
The image of Israel as a vineyard is again employed (Matthew 21:33; cf. Isaiah 5:1-7).
The owner of the vineyard (God the Father) sends two sets of servant (the major and minor prophets) to get the harvest. They are mistreated, even killed.
Finally He sends His only Son (Jesus). But He is taken outside the vineyard (Jerusalem) and killed.
The parable now concentrates on the contrasting fates of Jesus and Israel. The latter will feel God’s anger (Matthew 21:41; a probable reference to the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 A.D.), but Jesus is the exalted Lord foretold in Psalm 118:22-23 (Matthew 21:42).
Because Israel did not respond to Jesus’ message, the Christian mission turned to the gentiles (Matthew 21:43).
Jakarta, 22 March 2019
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