Through the parable Jesus preaches today, he presages his death, summing up the history of the prophets who had come before and been ignored. He is preparing the way, leaving seeds for his followers to plant to germinate into a flowering of understanding. And that understanding can be difficult to come by, but if we work at it, understanding can and does come.
Jesus quotes scripture today at the end of his parable, what we know of as a portion of Psalm 118, v 22-24:
The same stone which the builders rejected *
has become the chief cornerstone.
This is the Lord's doing, *
and it is marvelous in our eyes.
On this day the Lord has acted; *
we will rejoice and be glad in it.
At this mid-point of Holy Week, at this moment before we enter the "sacred three days", Jesus' parable asks us to consider what we are ignoring. Where in our lives have we put up blocks to God's persistent voice, calling us to something better? Today is a day to start taking those stones down, or perhaps climbing over that wall we have built and enter God's embrace, for we can and should rejoice in how God has acted for us.
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