04 October, 2020. 27th Sunday, Year A

 


The church is the choice vineyard of the Lord,
planted for a noble and productive purpose. Here we
can grow to maturity in the sunshine of God’s grace.
But the vineyard can fall into disuse, or fail to
produce the expected fruits of loving mercy. We pray
that our lives may never be soured by bitterness or
disillusionment

 


1st Reading: Isaiah 5:1-7


Israel is the vineyard God has tended. It is expected
to bear fruits of holiness


Let me sing for my beloved my love-song concerning
his vineyard:


My beloved had a vineyard on a very fertile hill. He
dug it and cleared it of stones, and planted it with
choice vines;
he built a watchtower in the midst of it, and hewed
out a wine vat in it;
he expected it to yield grapes, but it yielded wild
grapes. And now, inhabitants of Jerusalem and
people of Judah, judge between me and my
vineyard. What more was there to do for my
vineyard that I have not done in it?
When I expected it to yield grapes, why did it yield
wild grapes?
And now I will tell you what I will do to my
vineyard.
I will remove its hedge, and it shall be devoured;
I will break down its wall, and it shall be trampled
down. I will make it a waste; it shall not be pruned
or hoed,
and it shall be overgrown with briers and thorns
I will also command the clouds that they rain no
rain upon it. For the vineyard of the Lord of hosts is
the house of Israel,
and the people of Judah are his pleasant planting;
he expected justice, but saw bloodshed
righteousness, but heard a cry!

Responsorial: Psalm 79:9, 12-16, 19-20


R./: The vineyard of the Lord is the house of Israel.


You brought a vine out of Egypt;
to plant it you drove out the nations.

It stretched out its branches to the sea,
to the Great River it stretched out its shoots. (R./)


Then why have you broken down its walls?
It is plucked by all who pass by.
It is ravaged by the boar of the forest,
devoured by the beasts of the field. (R./)


God of hosts, turn again, we implore,
look down from heaven and see.
Visit this vine and protect it,
the vine your right hand has planted. (R./)


And we shall never forsake you again:
give us life that we may call upon your name.
God of hosts, bring us back;
let your face shine on us and we shall be saved. (R./)

2nd Reading: Philippians 4:6-9


We should do whatever is true, honourable, just
and right


Do not worry about anything, but in everything by
prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your
requests be made known to God. And the peace of
God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard
your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.


Finally, beloved, whatever is true, whatever is
honourable, whatever is just, whatever is pure,
whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if
there is any excellence and if there is anything
worthy of praise, think about these things. Keep on
doing the things that you have learned and received
and heard and seen in me, and the God of peace will
be with you.

Gospel: Matthew 21:33-43


God is master of the vineyard and expects a proper
return from the tenants


Jesus said to the chief priests and elders: “Listen to
another parable. There was a landowner who
planted a vineyard, put a fence around it, dug a wine
press in it, and built a watchtower. Then he leased it
to tenants and went to another country. When the
harvest time had come, he sent his slaves to the
tenants to collect his produce. But the tenants seized
his slaves and beat one, killed another, and stoned
another. Again he sent other slaves, more than the
first; and they treated them in the same way. Finally

he sent his son to them, saying, ‘They will respect
my son.’ But when the tenants saw the son, they said
to themselves, ‘This is the heir; come, let us kill him
and get his inheritance.” So they seized him, threw
him out of the vineyard, and killed him. Now when
the owner of the vineyard comes, what will he do to
those tenants?” They said to him, “He will put those
wretches to a miserable death, and lease the
vineyard to other tenants who will give him the
produce at the harvest time.” Jesus said to them,
“Have you never read in the scriptures: ‘The stone
that the builders rejected has become the
cornerstone; this was the Lord’s doing, and it is
amazing in our eyes’? Therefore I tell you, the
kingdom of God will be taken away from you and
given to a people that produces its fruit.”