“God builds upon weakness”, with these words, Pope Francis began his homily at Santa Marta, reflecting on the Gospel reading of the day. “The love story between God and his people – he said – ends up looking like a story of failures”. In the parable of the wicked tenants, we witness the apparent failure of the “dream of God”. There is a master who builds a beautiful vineyard, and there are workers who kill anyone who is sent by the master. But it is exactly from those deaths that everything comes alive.
“The prophets, the men of God who spoke to the people, who were not listened to, who were rejected, will be His glory. The Son, His last envoy, was seized, killed and thrown out. He became the cornerstone. This story that begins with a dream of love, but ends up looking like a story of failures, ends with the great love of God who offers Salvation through the rejection of his Son who saves us all”.
It is here that the logic of “failure” is turned upside down, and Jesus wants to show it to the chiefs of the people quoting the Holy Writ: “The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone. This was made by God, and looks like something amazing to our eyes”.
In the same way, Pope Francis explained to his audience that the path of redemption is marked by failure. “We must never forget that our path is a difficult one. If each of us makes an examination of conscience, we will have to admit that often we have rejected the prophets .How many times have we said to Jesus ‘Go away!’ How many times have we wanted to save ourselves thinking we were in the right?” The Pope concluded his homily inviting the faithful never to forget that it is in the death on the Cross of the Son that the love of God for his people is manifest.
Translation provided by Maria Rosaria Mastropaolo