The Parable of the Tenants
12 Jesus 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’?” 12 Then the chief priests, the teachers of the law and the elders looked for a way to arrest him because they knew he had spoken the parable against them. But they were afraid of the crowd; so they left him and went away.
How many times in our lives have we not done something because we “were afraid of the crowd or maybe done something despite of the crowd and lived in fear afterwards to the reaction?” Maybe something small, maybe something more significant. The chief priests, the teachers of the law, and the elders did not want to attack Jesus again for fear of the crowd. They walked away.
Lord we are tempted in many ways not to accept what Jesus has done and not to do what you ask us to do for fear of the crowd. You walk with us, and you give us strength for every trial, but we allow ourselves to succumb to the crowd. Lead us by your word and the guidance of the Holy Spirit and the stories of Jesus to do that which you call us to do. Amen.