Posted by: frburke23 | June 2, 2013

Thought for Monday, 9th Week in Ordinary Time

Mark 12:1-12

Jesus began to speak to the chief priests, the scribes,
and the elders in parables.
“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.
At the proper time he sent a servant to the tenants
to obtain from them some of the produce of the vineyard.
But they seized him, beat him,
and sent him away empty-handed.
Again he sent them another servant.
And that one they beat over the head and treated shamefully.
He sent yet another whom they killed.
So, too, many others; some they beat, others they killed.
He had one other to send, a beloved son.
He sent him to them last of all, thinking, ‘They will respect my son.’
But those tenants said to one another, ‘This is the heir.
Come, let us kill him, and the inheritance will be ours.’
So they seized him and killed him,
and threw him out of the vineyard.
What then will the owner of the vineyard do?
He will come, put the tenants to death,
and give the vineyard to others.
Have you not read this Scripture passage:

The stone that the builders rejected
has become the cornerstone;
by the Lord has this been done,
and it is wonderful in our eyes?”

They were seeking to arrest him, but they feared the crowd,
for they realized that he had addressed the parable to them.
So they left him and went away.


In the Gospel for today, Jesus tells a parable about a vineyard that we know is directly related to Him.  Those who heard this parable first-hand didn’t have the privilege that we have reading this now, 2000 years after Jesus’ death and resurrection.  We have the whole Bible and have studied it.  We now know that Jesus would be the “stone that the builders rejected”.

We can easily say, “How did they reject Jesus?  He is the Son of God!  I would never do that.”  Yet, if we look at our lives honestly, we can probably see areas of our lives in which we reject Jesus as the Lord of our lives.  It may be subtle, but that is how the evil one works on us.

It may be that we are leading a double life.  Outwardly people think we are living the perfect life, but in private we are leading another life.  Am I bringing everything to the light of Christ?

Or we may be holding a grudge in our hearts against someone.  Grudges prevent the love and mercy of God to penetrate deep into our hearts.  Can I forgive the person that has hurt me deeply?

Jesus calls us to bring everything to the light.  He will never reject us if we come to Him in humility.  He is always waiting with arms open wide for us to return.  Be open and honest with the Lord.  Allow Him to love you with His unconditional love.

Is Jesus the Lord of my life?  Do I reject Him in subtle or hidden ways in my life?  Let us call out to Jesus in faith.  And may we live our lives in integrity so that what we believe and say is in communion with the life we are leading.

Have a blessed day!
Fr. Burke


Here is the Spanish translation….

Pensamiento del Día

San Marcos 12,1-12.

Jesús se puso a hablarles en parábolas: “Un hombre plantó una viña, la cercó, cavó un lagar y construyó una torre de vigilancia. Después la arrendó a unos viñadores y se fue al extranjero.
A su debido tiempo, envió a un servidor para percibir de los viñadores la parte de los frutos que le correspondía.
Pero ellos lo tomaron, lo golpearon y lo echaron con las manos vacías.
De nuevo les envió a otro servidor, y a este también lo maltrataron y lo llenaron de ultrajes.
Envió a un tercero, y a este lo mataron. Y también golpearon o mataron a muchos otros.
Todavía le quedaba alguien, su hijo, a quien quería mucho, y lo mandó en último término, pensando: ‘Respetarán a mi hijo’.
Pero los viñadores se dijeron: ‘Este es el heredero: vamos a matarlo y la herencia será nuestra’.
Y apoderándose de él, lo mataron y lo arrojaron fuera de la viña.
¿Qué hará el dueño de la viña? Vendrá, acabará con los viñadores y entregará la viña a otros.
¿No han leído este pasaje de la Escritura:

 La piedra que los constructores rechazaron ha llegado a ser la piedra angular:
esta es la obra del Señor, admirable a nuestros ojos?”.

Entonces buscaban la manera de detener a Jesús, porque comprendían que esta parábola la había dicho por ellos, pero tenían miedo de la multitud. Y dejándolo, se fueron.


En el evangelio de hoy, Jesús habla de la parábola de la viña, que sabemos está ligada directamente a Él. Aquellos que escucharon esta parábola no tuvieron el privilegio que tenemos nosotros al leerla 2000 años después de la muerte y resurrección de Jesús. Tenemos toda la Biblia y la hemos estudiado. Sabemos que Jesús seria “La piedra que los constructores rechazaron”.

Podemos fácilmente decir “¿Cómo pudieron rechazar a Jesús? ¡Él es el Hijo de Dios! Yo nunca haría esto” Aun, si honestamente miramos nuestras vidas, probablemente podemos mirar áreas de nuestras vidas  en las cuales rechazamos a Jesús como el Señor de nuestras vidas. Puede ser sutilmente, pero así es como trabaja el enemigo en nuestras vidas.

Puede ser que estemos viviendo una doble vida. Aparentemente puede pensar la gente que estamos viviendo la vida perfecta, pero en privado estamos viviendo otra vida. ¿Estoy trayendo todo a la luz de Cristo?

O quizás estemos guardando en nuestros  corazones un rencor hacia alguien. Los rencores previenen la penetración del amor y misericordia de Dios  en lo más profundo de nuestros corazones. ¿Puedo perdonar a la persona que me ha herido profundamente?

Jesús nos llama a traer todo a la luz. Él no nos rechazara si vamos hacia Él con humildad. Él siempre nos espera con los brazos abiertos. Se honesto y abierto con el Señor. Permítelo que te ame con Su amor incondicional.

¿Es Jesús el Señor de mi vida? ¿Lo niego sutilmente o en formas escondidizas en mi vida? Llamemos al Señor con fe. Y vivamos nuestras vidas con integridad para que lo que hacemos y creemos este en comunión con la vida que llevamos.

¡Que tengas un día bendecido!

Padre Burke


  1. Dear Fr. Masters,

    I have enjoyed reading your reflections on the Mass readings of the day for quite some time now. I regret, however, that I can no longer ignore the institutional hypocrisy of the Roman Catholic Church and for that reason, I ask that you kindly remove me from your distribution list.

    Oremus pro invicem,

    George Roberts

    • Dear George, thanks for your note. I am sorry that you would like to be removed from the list. Just know that the Church is a divine institution that has been in the hands of sinful people from the beginning of time. Peter denied Christ and then Jesus forgave him and entrusted the Church to him. James and John wanted high places in the kingdom of God. Jesus purified their motives and made them key apostles in the mission to evangelize the world. Of course, we still have sinful people in the Church with impure motives – power, prestige, pride, etc. These things will never change in any church. The key is that we all try to allow the Lord to purify our own motivation and desires. I would encourage you not to leave the Church – try to make it better and help the Lord fulfill the commission given to the Church by Christ.

      Having said that, I can’t remove you from the list. You can go to the end of one of my emails to “unsubscribe”. Be assured of my prayers for you, George. Please continue to pray for me that I be the man and priest Christ has called me to be.

      fr. burke

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