27th Sunday – Year A

  • First Reading Isaiah 5:1-7 Response The vineyard of the Lord is the house of Israel.
  • Response The vineyard of the Lord is the house of Israel.
  • Psalm Psalm 80:9, 12, 13-14, 15-16, 19-20 Second Reading Philippians 4:6-9 Gospel Acclamation I have
  • Second Reading Philippians 4:6-9
  • Gospel Acclamation I have chosen you from the world, says the Lord, to go and bear fruit that will remain.
  • Gospel Matthew 21:33-43

Homilies

My Thoughts: The parable in today’s Gospel is ultimately about the Father’s broken heart (Abba’s Heart by Neal Lozano general idea). In the 1st reading (27th Sunday Year A), Isaiah says: “What more was there to do for my vineyard that I had not done in it?” (Isaiah 5:1-7). Well, He did more. A lot more! He sent His Son. Jesus reveals the Father’s heart. And this heart is broken. He trusted us. Continually. And we broke His heart.

The Vineyard by Bishop Barron

  • Wild grapes = infidelity of Israel –> this is a steady theme that breaks the hearts of the patriarchs and prophets. Wild grapes = collective sin of the nation.
  • God, like a good parent, allows us to experience the consequences of our infidelity.
  • How are we tending the vineyard? Are we responding to the Lord’s invitation with the works of justice, love, peace, chastity, respect? Are we giving good grapes from which the fine wine of the intoxication of the world can be produced? Or are we killing the messengers?
  • God has not given up on us. He has turned to sign of defeat into the sign of victory. The very one we rejected has become the source of life.

 

Brant Pitre

  • Twist in the parable – sending the son – what kind of crazy father would send his own son to a group of such wicked tenants. And the answer is that this is not an ordinary father, and this is not an ordinary son. It’s an allegory here for God the Father sending Jesus, his son, to offer his life, knowing full well he is going to die for the sake of the sins of the world in order to bring in the coming of the kingdom of God.
  • Lumen Gentium 6 – The Church is a piece of land to be cultivated, the tillage of God… That land, like a choice vineyard, has been planted by the heavenly Husbandman. The true vine is Christ who gives life and the power to bear abundant fruit to the branches, that is, to us, who through the Church remain in Christ without whom we can do nothing.
  • We are workers in God’s vineyard – called to do the owner’s will and bear fruit for the kingdom of God.

 

Commentaries

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