Monday: June 1, 2020

Reference : Mark 12:1-12

Mark 12:1 Then Jesus began teaching them with stories: “A man planted a vineyard. He built a wall around it, dug a pit for pressing out the grape juice, and built a lookout tower. Then he leased the vineyard to tenant farmers and moved to another country.

Do you know a better way? Do you know a different way? These two questions appear to be at the heart of systematic solicitation of feedback about a process with the goal to ‘enhance efficiency’. However, one more set of questions usually lurk in the background that rather emphasise speed: ‘do you know a faster way’ or ‘can we achieve our goal any quicker? Are there any shortcuts?

Unintentionally, we are often on the lookout for time-saving plans: a shorter driving route or a business that generates returns quickly. Albeit, with doing very minimal. We look for shortcuts whenever we can. But the Gospel presents a parable as follows:
A man planted a vineyard,
put a hedge around it,
dug a pit for the wine press,
built a tower,
then he leased the vineyard to tenant farmers and moved to another country.

There are a lot of action words at play here: ‘planting, digging, hedging, leasing, leaving and waiting’. A lot of effort was put towards establishing this vineyard and setting it up for wine production. What is interesting is that grape vines are unlikely to bear fruit commercially until about three years after planting, one had to wait. There is no shortcut to getting those fruits except with proper pruning and tendering across the growth cycle, alongside favourable environmental conditions. That is just how it happens.

Beloved, true success does not come just through a quick medium because if that happened, it becomes impossible to sustain for its recipient would not be ready for it. The hard work that accompanies the journey towards fruit bearing in grapevines is meant to mitigate this occurrence so that in time when fruits appear, the vine is ready and able to hold them up.

Don’t chase shortcuts, follow the journey.


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