Gospel of Matthew 21:33-46 Reflection:
The battle between Jesus and the Jewish authorities is heating up: Jesus tells the parable of the landowner who sent his stewards to lift the rent and how the tenants treated them. Eventually the landowner sends his son and the tenants decide to kill him.
The Jews know that Jesus is hitting at them and they are in a rage. Jesus even says, as if to confirm the point, ‘the kingdom of God will be taken from you and given to a people who will produce its fruit.’
There is a double insult here; Jesus is telling the authorities that they are not really the heirs to Moses and the Law and that eventually gentiles shall have to take over and produce the fruit of the kingdom. This was a huge insult to them.
Lent is a time to reflect upon whether or not we are paying the rent due to the landowner. In our lives are we orientated to God or the world? There will be many times when we could hardly tell which is the priority for us but overall are we trying to do God’s will or follow our own desires?
The rent is simple, to acknowledge God as God and to obey him. A little fasting in lent however shows us how strong our desires still are within us. Humans are weak, we need all the help we can get.