Twenty Seventh Sunday Cycle A
October 4, 2020
We are the vineyard of the Lord
In the first reading the prophet addressed God's chosen people and reminded them of God's concern and love for them. He used the image of the care an owner gave to his vineyard.
Isaiah reminded them of all that God had done for them in their history.
He brought them out of the slavery of Egypt.
He provided for them in the desert.
He brought them out of the exile of Babylon...
...and the list could go on.
You would think they would get the message, but they did not. They often forgot about God. Don't we at times do the same?
They and us are the vineyard of the Lord as we respond in the Responsorial Palm.
The vineyard of the Lord is the house of Israel.
Yet they have not produced good grapes.
We have to take that same message to ourselves. God has prepared everything for us so that we, as the vineyard of the Lord, will produce good grapes.
Every day He comes looking for our produce.
What will He find, good grapes or wild, sour, good for nothing grapes?
He comes expecting to find us filled with mercy
He comes expecting to find us filled with compassion
He comes expecting to find us filled with forgiveness
He comes expecting to find us filled with patience
It is important for us to not escape what these readings are calling us to. We need, once again, to look deep inside ourselves, and that can be so hard to do. We often try to escape the reality of who we are.
St. Paul, in his letter, gives some sound advice. If we see we did not produce in a particular incident, not to panic. We need to see this in oneself as a gift. Paul says it is the time to petition God, to pray to be able next time to produce good grapes.
We will have opportunity to produce again and again this coming week. Now is the time to pray to produce mercy, forgiveness, patience, compassion, etc. These are some of the good grapes God is looking for. We are to make these good grapes present to all we meet this week, even to those who don't deserve them.
The Scribes and Pharisees rejected these ideas, and Jesus, as we hear in the Gospel, says to them ...
the kingdom of God will be taken away from you
and given to a people that will produce its fruit."
We are given chance after chance this week to produce good fruit. God will never give up on us. If in some situations we fail, see that as fertilizer and gift and then pick ourselves up and start once again.
It's time once again to produce this week!