27th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A
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.