Parable of the Wicked Tenants
Mark 12:1-12; 2 Peter 1:2-7
The Parable of the Wicked Tenants is all about the tenants’ treachery caused by greed and selfishness. The master built the vineyard so that they could be productive with it and make money for the master, as well as for themselves. Soon as the master left, evil caused by greed has set in. When it was time to collect, some of the collectors were beaten up, and some killed. When finally it was the son the master sent, they killed him as well. The master ended up leasing the vineyard to others. This was a parable intended for the Israelites, and Jesus is the son who was killed. God is the master, and “others” are the ancestors of present-day Christians, the Church founded by Jesus.
The parable suggests that each of us is responsible for the portion of the “vineyard” put into our hands. These are our relationships, families, neighborhood, countries. Maybe we may be excelling in performance with our families, but what about the material and spiritual welfare of our neighborhood and the rest of the country? Have we been respecting women? Have we been responsible for all our actions, thoughts and words? Have we provided shelter to the homeless, and feed the hungry? Have we provided a means of livelihood for those who have no means of living due to lack of education, or maybe provide education as well? These are the things that we should ponder on.