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Matthew 21:42-46 (06.04.20)

Matthew 21:42-46 NIV
Jesus said to them, “Have you never read in the Scriptures: “ ‘The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone; the Lord has done this, and it is marvelous in our eyes’ ? [43] “Therefore I tell you that the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people who will produce its fruit. [44] Anyone who falls on this stone will be broken to pieces; anyone on whom it falls will be crushed.” [45] When the chief priests and the Pharisees heard Jesus’ parables, they knew he was talking about them. [46] They looked for a way to arrest him, but they were afraid of the crowd because the people held that he was a prophet.

The day after Palm Sunday, Matthew has Jesus entering the Temple in Jerusalem and confronting the Pharisees and chief priests over their lack of fruitfulness and unwillingness to accept him (read the whole chapter if you have time) through a succession of provocative and telling parables, both spoken, such as the parable of the tenants. and enacted, the cursing of the fig tree. His message is simple and the heart of the good news, it is all about him and accepting him, not our own theology or activity. Our fruitfulness and hope come from him, and him alone.

Jesus, in this time of isolation and reflection, let us discover you, and learn to follow you, more deeply.

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