Monday, June 4, 2018
Monday of the Ninth Week of Ordinary Time
“He had one other to send, a beloved son. He sent him to them last of all, thinking, ‘They will respect my son.’ But those tenants said to one another, ‘This is the heir. Come, let us kill him, and the inheritance will be ours.’ So they seized him and killed him, and threw him out of the vineyard. What then will the owner of the vineyard do? He will come, put the tenants to death, and give the vineyard to others.” Mark 12:6-9
We see in this passage a clear sign of the justice of God!
The first thing to point out is that the evil tenants initially do succeed. They kill one after another, and then when the owner of the vineyard sends his only son, the evil tenants kill him thinking they will inherit the vineyard.
This is obviously a story about the Father sending His Son into the world. The religious leaders of the time were envious and jealous and wanted to remain in power. As a result, they put their evil plot into motion, killing Jesus in hopes that they would eliminate Him as the Messiah and new King of Israel, thus retaining their religious power.
But what they forgot about was the justice of God. In the end, God’s justice always prevails. God will sort all things out and will distribute His justice and mercy in accord with the heart of each person.
This reveals two important lessons for us. First, it reveals that, in the moment, evil can seem to win. We experience this in countless ways. We experience a lack of justice, persecution and hurt. At times we can feel discouraged by the apparent triumph of evil all around us and can fall into despair.
However, we must also remember in those times, more than any, to hold on to the hope of the ultimate triumph of divine justice! In the end, God will win. And in the end, all that matters is the final result. Therefore, from the perspective of eternity, all that matters is that we remain faithful and hopeful in God. We must always strive to move past any apparent injustice we encounter. Yes, when God inspires us to confront evil here and now, we must do it. But we must also remember that, in God’s perfect wisdom, there are times when He finds it better to allow injustice to have its way. This can be hard to fathom and accept. But we must hold on to the hope of God’s final fidelity and the ultimate triumph of His Truth.
Reflect, today, upon the ultimate triumph of divine justice. If you find yourself discouraged by some injustice or hardship, try to turn your eyes to the final victory in Christ. Know that God will ultimately bring forth perfect justice. At that time, you will be grateful that you held on to hope in that promise.
Lord, when I am down and discouraged and witness oppression and injustice in my life, help me to turn my eyes to You and retain hope. May I always have hope in You and faith in Your perfect fidelity. Jesus, I trust in You.