Sunday

8 Oct 2017

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

SUNDAY SUMMARY

Isaiah 5:1-7  In the vineyard song, the prophet outlines the peril of a poor harvest.

Psalm 80:9, 12, 13-14, 15-16, 19-20 (Is 5:7a)  The house of Israel has been a low-yield vine but resolves to do better.

Philippians 4:6-9  Paul urges the community to focus on producing every possible virtue.

Matthew 21:33-43  Jesus warns that leaders have a special responsibility at harvest time.

The inner word

The inner word

What’s in your heart?

"Have no anxiety at all," Saint Paul writes. It's a tall order. But faith, especially the faith expressed in prayer, really can move us beyond all anxiety to the supreme peace God offers.

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Exploring the word

Exploring the word

Water your plants

At a parish raffle, a woman at my table won the prize: a hamper-sized wicker basket full of wonderful blooming plants. The beauty of this mini-garden was delightful to the eye. But the winner put her basket down with a heavy lack of investment and barely looked at it.

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In other words

In other words

The Sunday gospel in everyday English

“Here’s another story. Listen closely. There was once a man, a wealthy farmer, who planted a vineyard. He fenced it, dug a winepress, put up a watchtower, then turned it over to the farmhands and went off on a trip. When it was time to harvest the grapes, he sent his servants back to collect his profits.

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Homily stories

Homily stories

Cultivate your soul

A couple years ago, I decided to take up gardening. Tricky since I live in an apartment on the 11th floor of a high-rise in Uptown Chicago. There’s no green space in sight, but I have very sunny windowsills, so I began growing herbs and then moved on to tomatoes and lemons.

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Prayers

Prayers

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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Quotes

Quotes

To be spiritually weeded means to have renounced the love of material things and attachment to possessions . . . . Freed from the profitless burden of earthly aspirations, that person can breathe again.

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