Friday, 6 March 2015

Grace and Mercy: Two Powerful Gifts

10 Minute Daily Retreat - Read the Daily Gospel with a prayerful heart.
By Malcolm Davies (No.85) 
Jesus said to the chief priests and the elders of the people: ‘listen to another parable. There was a man, a landowner, who planted a vineyard; he fenced it round, dug a winepress in it and built a tower; then he leased it to tenants and went abroad. When vintage time drew near he sent his servants to the tenants to collect his produce. But the tenants seized his servants, thrashed one, killed another and stoned a third. Next he sent some more servants, this time a larger number, and they dealt with them in the same way. Finally he sent his son to them. “They will respect my son,” he said. But when the tenants saw the son, they said to each other, “This is the heir. Come on, let us kill him and take over his inheritance.” So they seized him and threw him out of the vineyard and killed him. 

Now when the owner of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those tenants?’ They answered, ‘He will bring those wretches to a wretched end and lease the vineyard to other tenants who will deliver the produce to him when the season arrives.’ 

Jesus said to them, ‘Have you never read in the scriptures:
It was the stone rejected by the builders that became the keystone. This was the Lord’s doing and it is wonderful to see?
‘I tell you, then, that the kingdom of God will be taken from you and given to a people who will produce its fruit.’

When they heard his parables, the chief priests and the scribes realised he was speaking about them, but though they would have liked to arrest him they were afraid of the crowds, who looked on him as a prophet. (Matthew 21:33-43, 45-46)

What does this parable say about our inability to forgive others?

What does this parable say about to our inability to forgive ourselves?

This parable describes that God is merciful and forgiving and offers grace to everyone. 

Grace is offered to all those who have used up all their chances with God. Even though they have pushed their luck, blown their opportunities and turned away from God they can still experience the height, depth and unlimited power of the mercy of God. 

We are also offered the same grace and mercy. 

We are always challenged to look at our lives, our specific attitudes and actions, in light of whether they represent an embrace or a rejection of the message of Jesus, the messenger of the mercy of God.

The wicked tenants try God's patience and mercy. So do we at times.

God is patient, kind and merciful with everyone, including ourselves. Even when we say no to God.

Let us reflect on God’s grace and mercy and be grateful.
Malcolm Davies
5 minutes: READ the text slowly.
REFLECT on a phrase or word that struck you.
SPEAK to God about your thoughts.
5 minutes: LISTEN to God speak to you.
RESPOND with a prayer that feels right for you.

Next Reflection: Susanne Timpani  Sunday, 8th March 2015.

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