27th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A

Published on 02 Oct 2017
A man holding a stone
Almighty, ever-living God, who in the abundance of your kindness surpass the merits and the desires of those who entreat you,
pour out your mercy upon us to pardon what conscience dreads and to give what prayer does not dare to ask.
Let me sing the song of his love for his vineyard. First Reading

Visit this vine and protect it, the vine your right hand has planted. Responsorial Psalm

There is no need to worry. Second Reading

This was the Lord’s doing and it is wonderful to see. Gospel

This week’s texts if you’d like to reflect further:

Isaiah 5: 1–7; Psalm 79 (80); Philippians 4: 6–9; Matthew 21: 33–43

The First Reading, from the prophet Isaiah, likens the house of Israel to the Lord’s vineyard which he loves.

The Psalm shows how the Lord protects this vineyard planted by his own hand.

The apostle Paul, in the Second Reading, takes up this theme. He encourages those at Philippi to be confident that their security can only be found in the Lord’s nurturing care of them. The parable of the wicked tenants (Gospel) shows that even when the Lord’s plans are seemingly thwarted, God can turn all to good. This week, we are encouraged, despite our worries, concerns and troubles, to remain in the peace of God, which is so much greater than we could ever understand. It will guard our hearts and minds.