MEDITATION AND REFLECTIONS ON MARK 12:1-11 - RICK INSELMAN - SAINT AUGUSTINE OF CANTERBURY EPISCOPAL CHURCH, OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA
(Mark 12: 1-11) Scripture:
The Parable of the Tenants - 12Jesus then began to speak to them in parables: “A man planted a vineyard. He put a wall around it, dug a pit for the winepress and built a watchtower. Then he rented the vineyard to some farmers and moved to another place. 2 At harvest time he sent a servant to the tenants to collect from them some of the fruit of the vineyard. 3 But they seized him, beat him and sent him away empty-handed. 4 Then he sent another servant to them; they struck this man on the head and treated him shamefully. 5 He sent still another, and that one they killed. He sent many others; some of them they beat, others they killed.6 “He had one left to send, a son, whom he loved. He sent him last of all, saying, ‘They will respect my son.’ 7 “But the tenants said to one another, ‘This is the heir. Come, let’s kill him, and the inheritance will be ours.’ 8 So they took him and killed him, and threw him out of the vineyard.
9 “What then will the owner of the vineyard do? He will come and kill those tenants and give the vineyard to others. 10 Haven’t you read this passage of Scripture:
“‘The stone the builders rejected
has become the cornerstone;
11 the Lord has done this,
and it is marvelous in our eyes’[a]?”
Jesus was rejected and overlooked. Take a moment to have a conversation with someone who is often overlooked — perhaps an acquaintance you know is lonely, perhaps someone living on the street. After your conversation, spend some time praying for that person.
Dear Lord, watch over us as we follow in your footsteps. Keep us safe from the internal and external storms of our lives. Help us to recognize and give aid when others need help through their times of trouble and darkness. Let us ever be more like Christ, in your holy son’s name… Jesus Christ - Amen.
Rick Inselman – born in OKC and raised in Noble County (Lucien, OK) he has been a member of St. Augustine of Canterbury Episcopal Church, Oklahoma City, since 2001. He and his wife Barbara have been married for a little over 28 years. They have two wonderful children, Karen and Parker. Rick has spent the majority of his occupational career, helping people in the Agriculture & the Manufacturing fields. On the Fun side of the life: Rick has been involved in the Boy Scouts of America community, for almost a dozen years. Besides Scouting, Rick also enjoys, being a member of the Brotherhood of St. Lawrence and helping the St. Auggie’s Ushering Team.
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