2nd Week of Lent : Friday 1st March, 2024

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DGeMs- Daily Gospel eMessage

Dear Friend in the Lord,

Avarice” – Faith”: In today’s Gospel, Jesus cautioned the elders about the dangers of avarice.  This is a form of “self-centredness and greed” to amass material wealth, especially when we have “excess” of them.  Ponder on, “Our greed comes from our insecurities and emptiness within us.  Only God can fulfil our deepest desires, with True Peace and Happiness.”

Fr Philip Heng, S.J.

Matthew 21:33-38, 42-43

Jesus said to the chief priests and 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 thinking, “They will respect my son.” 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.”

Jesus said to them, ‘Have you never read in the scriptures: The stone which the builders rejected has become the cornerstone; this is the Lord’s doing and we marvel at it? ‘I tell you, then, that the kingdom of God will be taken from you and given to a people who will produce its fruit.’