The 27th Sunday of the Year

Is 5:1-7; Phil 4:6-9; Mt 21:33-43 (Year A)

 ”Let me sing to my friend the song of his love for his vineyard.” A love song, by its very nature, comes from the heart and speaks to the heart. For this reason the prophet Isaiah chose the language of love to confront the infidelity of Jerusalem and the southern kingdom.

Each step in Israel’s history was likened to the love that both creates and sustains a successful vineyard. With great care, the owner must choose suitable land, clear it of stones and plant it only with the choicest vines. It is indeed a labour of love.

Such had been Israel’s history. The people had been chosen by God and settled in the land. As the vineyard owner anticipates a fruitful harvest, so God had looked to his people for integrity and justice.

What had begun as a love song concludes with a dispute: “And now, inhabitants of Jerusalem, I ask you to judge between my vineyard and me. What could I have done for my vineyard that I have not done? I expected it to yield grapes. Why did it yield sour grapes instead?”

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