June 01, 2020 (Monday of the 9th Week of the Year II: St Justin Matyr)
Leased to tenants
Dear friends in Christ, there are times when we watch helplessly, the destruction of communal properties and the common-wealth. Because it belongs to everyone, it does not sometimes occur to us to do something to protect it. There are even people who participate in such destructions, thinking they are doing such to punish those in authority. There are times however when the property in question, is that of an individual or a private organisation, if such happens, what do you expect the owner of the property to do? If you are the one whose property is unjustly destroyed by another, what will you do?
Our Gospel of today (Mark 12:1-12) is about the cruelty of the tenants in the vineyard. “A man planted a vineyard, and set a hedge around it, and dug a pit for the winepress, and built a tower and leased it to tenants and went into another country.” It is very clear from this passage that the man had done all the work. Clearly, a good investment in the time of Jesus! The tenants were only to give to the man, his share of the produce. Instead, they paid the owner with cruelty, beating and killing and maiming his servants. Though that may be painful, the man decided to send his beloved son saying, “They will respect my son.” Instead, the tenants said to one another, “This is the heir: come, let us kill him, and the inheritance will be ours. And they took him and killed him, and cast him out of the vineyard.”
Put yourself in the place of the owner of the vineyard, what will you do to those tenants? I have heard a business owner, who said to me, that she has sustained her business by making sure that if anyone is found to mess around with it, the person faces the law. And that is the way many people are able to keep their businesses going. If we protect what is ours, why do we destroy that which belongs to another. Why do people mismanage and embezzle public funds? Why do people vandalise public properties? How senseless it is, when students protest and riot over little things, and destroy their classrooms and hostels and college properties? What sense is there in the name of anger, if you destroy your wife’s property, or that of your husband, because you have an issue to settle? When the issues are resolved, who bears the cost?
We need a rethink about our lives and how we treat what is not personal. We cannot truly grow and develop, till we see our common heritage, as something we must all protect.
Let us pray: Lord, help us by your grace to do all in our power to save our common heritage and so come to the eternal heritage. Amen. May the Almighty God bless you, the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen