Today is Memorial Day in the United States - a day where we reflect and remember those who died serving this country.
Ironically, today's Gospel reading also focuses on death and serving, albeit in a slightly different way. In today's reading, Jesus tells the parable of a man who built a wine tower and then leased it out to tenant farmers. He sends servant after servant to collect the produce from them, but each servant is either beaten or killed.
Finally the man sends his beloved son. He thinks "surely they will respect my son".
But of course, the tenants kill him as well.
This parable, of course, speaks to the fact that God also sent many servants (prophets) to speak to the world, but many were beaten and killed.
God then decided to send his only Son.
However, unlike the man in the parable, God knew that His Son would be tortured and killed.
What a sacrifice the Lord gave for us! And how hard it must have been to not only send His Son, but to watch what we did to Him.
So today, on this national holiday, I not only thank all those who served our country, but also their parents who endured such trying times. But most of all, I thank Jesus for his sacrifice and His Father for an equally unfathomable one.
God Bless you.