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Sharing the Word for June 5, 2017 – Ninth Week in Ordinary Time – Year 1

Memorial of Saint Boniface

June 05, 2017

Daily Reading from the USCCB: Mark 12:1-12


Jesus speaks a parable to Jewish officials in which he compares them with tenants who mistreated and killed the messengers who the owner of a vineyard had sent to collect his profits. The officials got the message for they realized that he was addressing the parable to them, but did nothing about it. They didn’t change their ways, but instead looked for a way to arrest Jesus.

That is so typical of how we humans act. Rather than listen to those who point out our faults, we tend to turn on them and make them out to be the “bad guy.” It’s called “shifting the blame.”

Perhaps we could resolve to renounce our egos a bit and listen to what others say about us—particularly when it is less than flattering. Perhaps we could curb our desire to lash out against them and allow their words to sink into our hearts and affect a worthwhile change.

Then we would be acting more like Jesus and less like the scribes and Pharisees.