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Sunday, October 5, 2014

Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

Scripture for Sunday's Liturgy of the Word:

Isaiah 5:1-7
Psalm 80:9, 12, 13-14, 15-16, 19-20
Philippians 4:6-9
Matthew 21:33-43

A reflection on today's Sacred Scriptures:

Those of us who live in upstate New York are finding more and more vineyards dotting the landscape. They are a most welcome sight. No wonder God used the image of a vineyard to describe the chosen people of Israel. In today's first reading, Isaiah uses a well-known Song of the Vineyard to describe how his friend (God) went to elaborate pains in constructing His vineyard, with ditches and a tower for protection, and a winepress for squeezing out the precious grape juice that would become delicious wine.

How disappointed God was when His vineyard produced only wild grapes, unfit for a good yield. All that work and loving care came to nothing! So God decided to tear down that vineyard and let it revert to pasture land. Even as Isaiah was prophesying, the Assyrians were pounding at the gates of Jerusalem, about to destroy the city.

Jesus in the Gospel uses that same image of a vineyard to describe Jerusalem in His time. He focused on the unfaithful people who, by their sin and failure to listen to the prophets, had brought God's anger down on them. Jesus' reference to the killing of the King's only Son was not lost on the Pharisees. They had already decided to kill this Jesus who claimed to be the Son of God. Jesus' words enraged them, and their hearts were further hardened against Him.

In the early days of America, trading companies and land agents, eager to bring Europeans to our shores, often described the new world as a "garden of the gods," rich in natural resources and opportunity. And so it was! It was very much like the Vineyard of today's Gospel. Today, not only preachers, but even the average citizen, are aware that greed, selfishness, indifference, as well as relativism in morals, are spoiling the garden.

October is Pro-Life month. Abortion and the culture of death are far from conquered. It is the worm killing the grapes in the vineyard, and spoiling the garden. We are even slow to compassion and action in regard to immigration reform at home and the massacre of Christians abroad. Yes, we are killing the garden. There is an axiom in law which states that the greater the person offended, the greater the offense itself. Since God Himself was the victim in today's parable, the offense against Him was beyond measure. Jesus directed the story at the Pharisees. Who does He direct it to in today's society?

We are the workers in God's Vineyard which the Lord has given us to tend. Are we working hard enough to stop what is killing the grapes?

October is also the month of the Rosary. Here is a powerful weapon that is ours to pray each day for a restoration of God's Garden that once produced such goodness and peace.

- Msgr. Paul Whitmore | email: pwhitmore29( )yahoo.com  

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