:B:1 Using parables, Jesus went on to say, A man planted a vineyard, put a fence around it, dug a hole for the wine press and built a watch tower. Then he leased the vine yard to tenants and went abroad.
2 In due time he sent a servant to receive from the tenants his share of the fruit. 3 But they seized the servant, struck him and sent him back empty-handed. 4 Again the man sent another servant. They also struck him on the head and treated him shame fully. 5 He sent another and they killed him. In the same way they treated many others
7 But those tenants said to one another: This is the one who is to inherit the vineyard. Lets kill him and the property will be ours. 8 So they seized him and killed him, and threw him out of the vineyard. 9 Now, what will the owner of the vineyard do? He will come and destroy those tenants and give the vineyard to others.
10 And Jesus added, Have you not read this text of the Scriptures: The stone which the build ers rejected has become the keystone. 11This was the Lords doing
12 They want ed to arrest him for they realized that Jesus meant this parable for them, but they were afraid of the crowd. So they left him and went away.
Paying taxes to Caesar
:B:13 They sent to Jesus some Pharisees with members of Herods party, with the purpose of trapping him in his own words. 14 They came and said to Jesus, Master, we know that you are true
15 But Jesus saw through their trick and answered, Why are you testing me? Bring me a silver coin and let me see it. 16 They brought him one and Jesus asked, Whose head is this, and whose name? They answered, Cae sars. 17 Then Jesus said, Return to Caesar what is Caesars, and to God what is Gods.
17 And they were greatly astonished.
:B:18 The Sadducees also came to Jesus. Since they claim that there is no resurrection, they questioned him in this way, 19 Mas ter, in the Scrip tures Moses gave us this law: If anyone dies and leaves a wife but no children, his brother must take the wife and give her a child who will be considered the child of his deceased brother. 20 Now, there were seven brothers. The first married a wife, but he died without leaving any children. 21 The second took the wife and he, too, died leaving no children. The same thing happened to the third. 22 Finally the seven died leaving no children. Last of all the woman died. 23 Now, in the resurrection, to which of them will she be wife? For the seven had her as wife.
24 Jesus replied, You could be wrong in this regard because you understand neither the Scriptures nor the power of God. 25 When they rise from the dead, men and women do not marry but are like the angels in heaven.
26 Now, about the resurrection of the dead, have you never reflected on the chapter of the burning bush in the book of Moses? God said to him: I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob. 27 Now, he is the God, not of the dead but of the living. You are totally wrong.
The greatest commandment
:B:28 A teacher of the Law had been listening to this discussion and admired how Jesus answered them. So he came up and asked him, Which commandment is the first of all?
29 Jesus answered, The first is: Hear, Israel! The Lord, our God, is One Lord
32 The teacher of the Law said to him, Well spoken, Master
34 Jesus approved this answer and said, You are not far from the kingdom of God. But after that, no one dared to ask him any more questions.
Whose son is the Christ?
35 As Jesus was teaching in the Tem ple, he said, The teachers of the Law say that the Messiah is the son of David. How can that be? 36 For David himself, inspired by the Holy Spirit declared: The Lord said to my Lord: sit at my right until I put your enemies under your feet. 37 If David himself calls him Lord, in what way can he be his son?
37 Many people came to Jesus and listened to him gladly.
:B:38 As he was teaching, he also said to them, Beware of those teachers of the Law who enjoy walking around in long robes and being greeted in the marketplace, 39 and who like to occupy reserved seats in the synagogues and the first places at feasts. 40 They even devour the widows and the orphans goods while making a show of long pray ers. How severe a sentence they will receive!
The widows offering
:B:41 Jesus sat down opposite the Tem ple treasury and watched the peo ple dropping money into the treasury box
43 Then Jesus called his disciples and said to them, Truly I say to you, this poor widow put in more than all those who gave offerings. 44 For all of them gave from their plenty, but she gave from her poverty and put in everything she had, her very living.