Mk 12:1-12 Rejected But Never Lost
Jesus said, “Have you not read this Scripture passage: ‘The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone; by the Lord has this been done, and it is wonderful in our eyes?’”
Have you not read this Scripture passage? How long has it been since you read this Scripture passage? Actually, how long has it been since you read Sacred Scripture?
The stone the builders rejected. I have no idea how any Christian in their right mind could justify any law that goes against God’s stone; that is, the stone containing the Ten Commandments; or the Rock that is His Church. How does a Christian reconcile abortion, euthanasia, and gay-marriage with Scripture or the Rock? Is any civil law above God’s law?
Let’s say for a moment that today’s parable, of the man who planted a vineyard and leased it to some tenant farmers, was actually a powerful literary masterpiece describing God’s world leased to man and what we have done with it. I don’t think I’m stretching it if I were to say that all Scripture is a carefully worded masterpiece of a contract or living arrangement between God, His world and us.
For example, God said, “Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground. So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; make and female he created them.” (Gen. 1:26-27). We know from Scripture (and from science), that we came on to the world scene last, and even though we were last, we know, “the last shall be first.” Hence, we were given dominion over the whole world and all that belongs to it. Of course, like good tenants, we are obliged to respect not only God’s property rights, and all His creatures, but also His laws. After all, it's His Creation. It's His baby! He built it. He designed the rules: the physics rules, biology rules, chemistry rules, etc… He holds the patents; we lease them. Could God not have created all humans male? or female? Why both? Please don’t tell me because we needed someone to love. That’s ridiculous. Why both then? Was it to make things clearer, a little more obvious? That Human love is an image of God’s love because it creates life?
A man planted a vineyard, put a hedge around it, dug a wine press, and built a tower. Then he leased it to tenant farmers and left on a journey. Recently, we’ve been working at a feverish pace to re-word or re-write our entire contract with God. There’s no problem with this unless you don’t involve in the negotiations the Rightful Owner or a major signer of the contract. I guess we could prepare something if we would only respect His Word. We all know what He demands. He chiseled a crucial piece of it in stone long ago. He gave us His Son and His closest advisors to make it much clearer and to set the record straight. And yet, don't you find it quite criminal (to say the least) to take away His property rights, His negotiating powers, His “God-given” rights just because He’s currently away? He's actually never away. We just sent Him away!
In you, my God, I place my trust. It shouldn't be hard to place your trust only in God. Just take a look around you and see what we’ve become. We are a bunch of spoiled rotten stinking little brats who, by definition, want more for themselves and less for others. Just take a look at this morning’s news. We are building three warships that cost 3 billion dollars a pop. At the same time, we say we need birth control to stop the spread of unwanted children. So, let me get this straight, do we want to spend 9 billion dollars on three ships rather than on unwanted children? I know what you are saying, “That’s the way it is.” No! The real explanation is: “That’s the way we want it.” Yep, spoiled rotten. We have become the biggest hypocrites in the world. In New York City, the spoiled rotten billionaire mayor wants to make supersized drinks illegal while at the same time make a little bit of marijuana legal for everybody. How helpful of him! Maybe that's how he'll get elected again. So, he thinks the government needs to limit the choices we can make, except when it comes to being Pro-Choice. Do you see what hypocrites we've become? Do you see the type of people we've elected? Does this guy really think we are that gullible? I guess! And he’s probably right, but he doesn’t have to be. Every four years we have an opportunity to vote not only according to our conscience but, most importantly, according to God’s clear and unquestionable Word.
It’s not hard to see why we should place our trust in God and in God alone. It’s not hard to see why our ancient’s placed “In God We Trust”.
Oh God, whose providence never fails in its design, keep from us, we humbly beseech you, all that might harm us and grant all that works for our good. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.