First Wright makes his point about the central message of this passage:
"This parable is one of the most explicit statements anywhere on Jesus' lips of his own unique status as one doing the job of a prophet but himself being far more than a prophet, of his own unique role as the one after whom the father has no one else he can send, and of his own unique and shocking vocation to bear in himself the hostility and violence of those to whom he has been sent...
"Somehow, the parable is saying, things must all go horribly wrong in order that things ultimately may be put to rights. The son of God will come himself to the place where evil is doing its worst, even when that place is not out there in the pagan world but in here within the people of God, and take its violent fury upon himself."
Then Wright channels the message straight into our lives and the life of the church this Holy Week:
"[When] we grasp the unique and decisive and one-off nature of those events, from Palm Sunday to Good Friday and on to Easter itself - we discover again, and it's bound to be almost as deeply disturbing, that there are similar lessons always to be learnt in the church and in our own hearts and lives. When Jesus comes to his church, and to his people, today, he comes with the same message and with the same warning. He comes seeking fruit, the fruit which belongs to his father...God forbid that when the Lord whom we seek comes once again to his temple he should find it necessary once more to come with stories of judgment. May we so hear the word...that we find ourselves saying 'This was the Lord's doing, and it is marvelous in our eyes.'"
And so as we pass now into the Monday of Holy Week may those of us who follow Christ and are the church be convicted to welcome the Heir, the Son - literally the Son of God. Let us not seek him harm by the way we conduct ourselves at the farm.