My life, my all
Remember the old school playground way of choosing your team? Each ‘captain’ in turn picks one person until they get down to the one last remaining person that neither of the teams really want. They get reluctantly picked. How terrible that last person must have felt! Rejection is something most of us experience at some time in our lives, whether it’s a job interview, being unlucky in love, being let go after a probationary period at work, or being let down by a friend or family member, or losing a vote for some position. Sometimes, it may take some time to recover.
In his ministry, Jesus met with much rejection. Yes, there were many people who believed in him, followed him, loved him, placed their trust in him. But there were also many others who not only rejected him but went out of their way to bring him down. He wasn’t swayed by these, was not put off, but continued to move forward, move on, doing all that he had been sent to do.
In response to the chief priests and scribes who are meeting him head on he sums up the parable of the Vineyard in a prophecy from Scripture. “It was the stone rejected by the builders that became the keystone.” He speaks of himself, of course. He has come to build the kingdom of God – and without him, the building falls apart. Today, Christians can so easily continue to do all that we are called to do, as good as it is, but not leave room for Jesus – and yet he is the keystone, the branch of the vine, the one we follow, the one we love, who “demands my soul, my life, my all.”
God our Father, may I place Jesus at the heart of all that I do and all that I say, and all that I hope for. Through the same Jesus Christ our Lord.