The Word This Week

Today we focus on … a vineyard: frequently we see the vineyard as an image or parable of the Kingdom of God. A vineyard takes a great deal of work, throughout the year; it must be tended, watered, pruned, cared for if there is to be any fruit – there are no quick results with vines. So the financial and labour investments made would create high expectations for a good crop. How heartbreaking when the fruit is as sour as vinegar! So it was with God and his people: He invested immense care and love on them, tending them and giving them what they needed – but the fruit was rotten and sour. What can God do? Hand the vineyard over to some tenants who will bring in a harvest. Is that is us, the ‘new people of Israel’? but what sort of harvest will we produce?

Today’s Scripture (Psalter: Week 3)

Isaiah 5: 1 – 7
Response: Psalm 79
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.

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.

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.

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.

Philippians 4: 6 – 9
Acclamation for the Gospel:
Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!
I chose you from the world,
to go out and bear fruit, fruit that will last,
says the Lord. Alleluia!

Matthew 21: 33 – 43
Prayer of the Faithful: R/. God of peace, be with us.

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