Follow...with controversy A Lenten Devotion for APril 11, 2017

This week is Holy Week, the final week of Lent and the end of this devotion. I hope it has been uplifting to you. This week, instead of our routine, we will stick closely to the scriptural story of this week. We will follow Mark’s gospel as it gives a very stark rendering of Jesus’ last week of earthly ministry. I owe this week’s readings to The Last Week by Marcus Borg and John Dominic Crossan, which details the process and meaning of Holy Week, utilizing Mark’s gospel. It is a stellar read.

Mark 12:1-12

According to Borg & Crossan, this parable was told on Tuesday of Holy Week.

Then he began to speak to them in parables. ‘A man planted a vineyard, put a fence around it, dug a pit for the wine press, and built a watch-tower; then he leased it to tenants and went to another country. When the season came, he sent a slave to the tenants to collect from them his share of the produce of the vineyard. But they seized him, and beat him, and sent him away empty-handed. And again he sent another slave to them; this one they beat over the head and insulted. Then he sent another, and that one they killed. And so it was with many others; some they beat, and others they killed. He had still one other, a beloved son. Finally he sent him to them, saying, “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, killed him, and threw him out of the vineyard. What then will the owner of the vineyard do? He will come and destroy the tenants and give the vineyard to others. Have you not read this scripture:

“The stone that the builders rejected

has become the cornerstone;

this was the Lord’s doing,

and it is amazing in our eyes”?’

When they realized that he had told this parable against them, they wanted to arrest him, but they feared the crowd. So they left him and went away.

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Created with images by danielthornton - "Vineyard" • pkh470 - "swiss montreux vineyard"

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