8 Oct 2023

Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle A Click here for all content for this cycle Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle A


Isaiah 5:1-7  The prophet’s Vineyard Song is about divine love and human betrayal.

Psalm 80:9, 12, 13-14, 15-16, 19-20  The psalmist, too, has a song of the vineyard, which God will restore.

Philippians 4:6-9  Paul urges us to direct our thoughts to what is true, just, and gracious.

Matthew 21:33-43  Jesus’ Vineyard Song ends more violently for his generation.

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The inner word

What’s in your heart?

Today’s parable of the wicked tenants highlights the mistreatment and rejection that the messengers of God receive at the hands of those to whom they are sent.

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Exploring the word

Never-ending love song

How many love songs does the world need? If you can come up with a number, then maybe you’ve never been in love. The great songwriting duo John Lennon and Paul McCartney had an argument over this equation.

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Homily stories

May your vineyard flourish

My favorite and least favorite part of my house, until recently, was the front porch. It’s almost flush with the sidewalk, with only about a foot of dirt in between.

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Homily stories

Be all the branch you can be

Years ago, I visited some friends who were living in California. Instead of taking me on the usual tour of the popular wineries with their famous names, we went down the back roads to some of the oldest wineries in the state with vines that were planted more than a hundred years ago. 

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Penitential Act & Prayer of the Faithful

With faith in God's guidance, by prayer and petition, we make our request for mercy known to God.

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Holiness is not the accumulation of virtues. Holiness is being possessed by God.

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