The scripture for today can be found here.
He began to tell the people this parable: â€œA man planted a vineyard, and leased it to tenants, and went to another country for a long time. Luke 20:9
Today, the word I chose is “owner.”
To be honest, this is a tough passage. I’m thinking about what it means for someone to plant a vineyard and lease it to tenants to tend it and care for it, only to have those occupants reject all who represent the planter and owner of the property.
And I’m thinking about what it means for Jesus to entrust us with the good news of his reconciliation and love, to leave us with it to tend it and care for it and share it in the way he meant for us to do so…only to have us reject the very ones he sends to us, because we’d rather not share the goodness and love with the ones he sends, but keep it and manage it for ourselves.
We will reject the One who planted the Vineyard if that’s what he’s going to expect from us.
But as it turns out, the tenants aren’t the owners.
And neither do we own the gospel or the church.