Rev. Emily E. Ewing queeries the Gospel reading.
Gospel: Matthew 21:33-46
33“Listen to another parable. There was a landowner who planted a vineyard, put a fence around it, dug a wine press in it, and built a watchtower. Then she leased it to tenants and went to another country. 34When the harvest time had come, she sent her slaves to the tenants to collect her produce. 35But the tenants seized her slaves and beat one, killed another, and stoned another. 36Again she sent other slaves, more than the first; and they treated them in the same way.
37Finally she sent her child to them, saying, ‘They will respect my child.’
38But when the tenants saw the child, they said to themselves, ‘This is the heir; come, let us kill them and get their inheritance.” 39So the tenants seized them, threw them out of the vineyard, and killed them.
40Now when the owner of the vineyard comes, what will she do to those tenants?”
41The religious authorities and elders said to Jesus, “She will put those wretches to a miserable death, and lease the vineyard to other tenants who will give her the produce at the harvest time.”
42Jesus said to them, “Have you never read in the scriptures: ‘The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone; this was the Becoming One’s doing, and it is amazing in our eyes’? 43Therefore I tell you, the reign of God will be taken away from you and given to a people that produces the fruits of the reign. 44The one who falls on this stone will be broken to pieces; and it will crush anyone on whom it falls.” 45When the religious authorities and the elders heard Jesus' parables, they realized that he was speaking about them. 46They wanted to arrest him, but they feared the crowds, because they regarded Jesus as a prophet.
Queeries for the text:
What expectations exist for adults to respect children?
Who is this parable about?
What answers to Jesus would have reflected the reign of God?
How would Jesus have responded if their answer was different?
What stones are we falling on?
Who is being crushed?
What are your queeries?