05 June 2017, Monday
Memorial of St. Boniface, Bishop and Martyr
The Gospel Today
Mk 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.
Reflection (Sem. Randy D. Buquis)
The Gospel today tells us something about the goodness of God as we start the liturgy in Ordinary Time. The parable gives us the representation of God as a land owner who has great trust in his tenants leaving everything to their care and their creativity. However, recognizing the goodness of God is very difficult for those tenants whom the master had given his trust. Sadly, those tenants were not trustworthy and all were ungrateful as they even plotted against the landowner. The tenants were able to throw out the messengers that the land owner sent even his son out of the vineyard and killed them.
It is good to ask ourselves: How do we recognize the goodness of God in our life? Have we seen and experienced the goodness of God in our life?
In my seminary formation my 30 day retreat experience led me to experience and recognize the goodness of God in my life. I was able to realize that God does not give those sufferings in my life but He allows them to happen in order for me to learn. I was able to connect it to the desolation that God permitted to happen in order for me to lie within His loving providence.
I was able to recognize the goodness of God even in lowly times and in the difficulties of my life because it led me to see in a different perspective: That God never abandoned me in those difficult times of my life. He was there and was saying “Halina Lumapit Ka sa Akin”.