Twenty Seventh Sunday of the Year 2008

Reflection for 27th Sunday of the Year (A)…

Prodigal Son 

Readings for
27th Sunday of Year (A)
5 October 2008

Isaiah 5:1-7
Psalm 79
Philippians 4:6-9
Matthew 21:33-43

What more can I do?…

In the bible the Jewish people looked on themselves as the Vineyard of the Lord.

In the first  Reading today God speaks through the prophet Isaiah. It is a cry of pain. A pain caused by the ingratitude of his chosen people.

Many a parent today might utter the same cry as they experience ingratitude from one of their children
“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.”

In the Gospel Jesus directs his parable on the Vineyard to the scribes and Pharisees. They were the ones who rejected  the Son.

Overall the readings speak of the rejection that our Heavenly Father experienced from his chosen people.

Today we are the chosen people – we are the tenants in the vineyard. A day will come when we too will have to give an account of our stewardship.  So, it is fitting that we should ask ourselves what kind of fruit we are producing?
Does God and the things of God come first in our lives?
Are we aware of God’s constant love and kindness towards us?
Do we  return that  love by the love we have for our brothers and sisters?
Especially do we show them the same kind of love, forgiveness and compassion that God reaches out to us.

– Fr Eddie Deeney SMA
Walthamstow, London