“Listen to another parable: There was a landowner who planted a vineyard. He put a wall around it, dug a winepress in it and built a watchtower. Then he rented the vineyard to some farmers and moved to another place. When the harvest time approached, he sent his servants to the tenants to collect his fruit.
“The tenants seized his servants; they beat one, killed another, and stoned a third. Then he sent other servants to them, more than the first time, and the tenants treated them the same way. Last of all, he sent his son to them. ‘They will respect my son,’ he said.
Matthew 21: 33 – 37
This Parable is Jesus retelling the story of the Prophets. For centuries they had been the tellers of truth in the land of Israel. They had stood up to Kings, called out wrongdoing, and pleaded with the people to return to God’s path. And for their efforts they were ostracised, attacked, and sometimes killed, all for speaking the truth.
The truth can sting, especially when it casts us in an unflattering light. It can be easy to lash out at the messenger. It takes character to be the kind of person who accepts the truth, even when it is uncomfortable.
Prayer: God of life, thank you for the truths you have revealed to me. Help me to be committed to the truth. Help me to be honest in my relationships with others, and brave enough to accept uncomfortable truths.
Action: Are there any uncomfortable truths you have been avoiding? Today might be the day to face up to them.