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Feb. 22

Readings: Gen 37:3-4, 12-13, 17-28; Mt 21:33-43, 45-46

"Therefore I say to you, the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people that will produce its fruit." Mt 21:43

In one of Rembrandt's many great biblical scenes, "Raising of the Cross," he paints himself as one of Jesus' executioners (he's the only one wearing a Dutchman's cap). By including his own image in the scene, Rembrandt acknowledges that he was no better than those who killed Jesus. He was part of the same sinful race that steadfastly resisted God. Is this a scene into which we can all paint ourselves?

In the Parable of the Tenants, Jesus is speaking to the Pharisees, but of course the message is tailored to us all. The divine role of God and His Son and the sinful role of man are all defined. God is the landlord. We are the tenants. And Jesus is the Son who comes and is murdered. The harvest that God seeks is the souls of the faithful.

What the parable sets out to remind us is that in His great love, God bestows to us His world and gives us the privileges, freedom, and responsibility to care for it. But how do we behave in return? Do we hoard it as our own for personal gain? Do we reject His only Son who is sent to save us from our sins? We all have to ask ourselves: are we listening to God's word? Are we treating the Son of God the right way?

The people of Jerusalem thought they could get rid of Jesus by killing Him. And are we any different? By neglecting Him — whether consciously or unconsciously — don't we work hand in hand with those elevating the Cross to crucify Him. Don't we become accomplices to the crime in such a way as Rembrandt humbly admitted?

When Jesus comes to acquire His inheritance, we should stand ready to offer Him our loving hearts and our faithful souls — to be His beloved followers and loyal servants.

Dear Lord, I will not reject You today or any day as I work to bring about a fruitful harvest of faith for Your glory. Make me a foundation stone for Your work of salvation. Amen.

Scripture
Is 53:1-10
Jn 3:16-17

Catechism
546, 599-600

Diary of St. Faustina
580, 1122, 1698

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Patty - Feb 22, 2008

Praise God from whom all blessing flow! Thank you to the Marians, who alway give to us what we need most. Jesus. Thru Mary, our Mother. Truly these daily meditations are a perfect example of the blessings of our Loving Mother, leading us daily to her Son. Thank you. Jesus, I trust in You!

Mom - Feb 22, 2008

"May the Sacred Heart of Jesus be adored, glorified, loved and preserved, throughout the world, now and forever!"

Dad - Feb 22, 2008

Our UVA 3rd year son is an artist; I sent him this link to encourage him to paint inself in a picture of his choosing; however, my interior motive was the graces one receives in meditating on the picture, as well as reading the Scriptures! Unfortunately, Christian is anything but Christian. I would ask you to pray for all college students and in particular, Christian, that he really and truly finds Christ!

FUS Steubie Mom - Feb 22, 2008

WOW !! and Thankyou So Very Much for All this Lenten series !!!

LER - Feb 22, 2008

THANKS FOR THE WORDS OF INSPIRATION, EXCELLENT IDEA I WILL TRY TO MAKE IT A POINT TO DO DAILY READINGS.

Richrnsea - Feb 22, 2008

TO LOOK UPON THE CRUCIFIX WITH LOVE AND DEVOTION GIVES US ENORMOUS GRACES. THANK YOU DEAR MARIANS THROUGHOUT THE WORLD.

Michelle - Feb 22, 2008

Thank you so very much for this Lenten Meditation series. I truly appreciate having the opportunity to reflect for a few moments while at work, help keep me centered in Christ Jesus. May our Lord bless you and your loving ministry.

Mary A.M.V. - Feb 22, 2008

Thank you! Last Lenten season I made time to send out via email the Mercy Moments to my loved ones. I did this in an effort to serve, in a small way as a reminder of how we tend to allow the daily world to consume us. This season I've not been able to do follow-up. Plan to forward your site instead. A few moments of reflection especially during Lent refreshes and nourishes our soul. We are all in need of God's Mercy. Thanks again, because YOU reminded me this Lenten season! God bless!

Joe W - Feb 22, 2008

Thank you Jesus for your many graces given to us throughout this season of Lent, especially for Vietnamese people ;and those in prison.

Becky - Feb 22, 2008

The daily Lenten Series is something I will add to my day. I have been trying to be faithful in saying the Holy Rosary daily and also the Chaplet of Devine Mercy. This gives strength and meaning to my day Thank You

Mr B. - Feb 22, 2008

Would love to see the picture oF DEVINE MERCY in my adoration chapel been praying to St Jude.HELP. Our chapel is open 7/24 "LOVE IT". GO EVERY DAY CANT DO WITHOUT IT.

Les - Feb 22, 2008

Why do you use the readings? According to my ordo the readings for today are 1Pt 5:1-4 & Mt 16:13-19

Yvonne-EADM, Bronx - Feb 23, 2008

Praise God!
These words bring strength to those who trust & believe all that our Savior Jesus Christ gives us from moment to moment! St. Faustina, pray for us!
Thank you Marians- you joy to world in need of God's Divine Mercy

paula calabrese - Feb 24, 2008

thank you jesus for answering my prayers for the grace you have given me

Exhumed Father Pio - Mar 4, 2008

Heard on the news last night that his body was being exhume WHY Something about 24/7 adoration in his chapel ??? Mr B.