Todays Gospel 22.3.19
Matthew 21:33-43,45-46
This is the landlord’s heir: come, let us kill him
Jesus said to the chief priests and the elders of the people, ‘Listen to another parable. There was a man, a landowner, who planted a vineyard; he fenced it round, dug a winepress in it and built a tower; then he leased it to tenants and went abroad. When vintage time drew near he sent his servants to the tenants to collect his produce. But the tenants seized his servants, thrashed one, killed another and stoned a third. Next he sent some more servants, this time a larger number, and they dealt with them in the same way. Finally he sent his son to them. “They will respect my son” he said. But when the tenants saw the son, they said to each other, “This is the heir. Come on, let us kill him and take over his inheritance.” So they seized him and threw him out of the vineyard and killed him. Now when the owner of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those tenants?’ They answered, ‘He will bring those wretches to a wretched end and lease the vineyard to other tenants who will deliver the produce to him when the season arrives.’ Jesus said to them, ‘Have you never read in the scriptures:
It was the stone rejected by the builders
that became the keystone.
This was the Lord’s doing
and it is wonderful to see?
‘I tell you, then, that the kingdom of God will be taken from you and given to a people who will produce its fruit.’
  When they heard his parables, the chief priests and the scribes realised he was speaking about them, but though they would have liked to arrest him they were afraid of the crowds, who looked on him as a prophet.
The image that Jesus uses in today’s gospel reading, drawn from one of the psalms: ‘it was the stone rejected by the builders that became the keystone’. The parable that Jesus tells is also a story of rejection. The landowner sends his servants to collect the vine harvest from his tenants, and the servants are rejected and killed by the tenants. Finally, the landowner sends his son to collect the harvest, fully expecting that his son would be treated with respect. On the contrary, he is rejected in the most brutal way, thrown out of the vineyard and killed. Jesus must have seen himself in the person of the landowner’s son. He was thrown out of the city of Jerusalem and crucified outside the city walls. Yet, like Joseph, but to an even greater extent, this rejected son became the saviour of those who rejected him. The stone rejected by the builders became the keystone. The crucified Jesus rose from the dead and became the keystone of a new community of believers which was open to all, including those who rejected him. Both readings suggest that God is always at work to bring good out of the suffering people experience because of the hostility of others. God works in a life-giving way in even the most unpromising of situations. This gives us hope as we try to come to terms with our own painful and difficult experiences of rejection and hostility.
There are people around us that for some reason dont fit the perfect image in our eyes. Remember the words of todays Gospel. Stretch out the hand of friendship to those that we do not deem perfect in all ways. Remember, the rejected stone became the most important corner stone……