Sunday, October 2, 2011

TODAY'S MASS READINGS: 27th SUN. OF ORDINARY TIME/ YEAR A

Isaiah 5: 1 - 7
1Let me sing for my beloved a love song concerning his vineyard: My beloved had a vineyard on a very fertile hill.
2He digged it and cleared it of stones, and planted it with choice vines; he built a watchtower in the midst of it, and hewed out a wine vat in it; and he looked for it to yield grapes, but it yielded wild grapes.
3And now, O inhabitants of Jerusalem and men of Judah, judge, I pray you, between me and my vineyard.
4What more was there to do for my vineyard, that I have not done in it? When I looked for it to yield grapes, why did it yield wild grapes?
5And now I will tell you what I will do to my vineyard. I will remove its hedge, and it shall be devoured; I will break down its wall, and it shall be trampled down.
6I will make it a waste; it shall not be pruned or hoed, and briers and thorns shall grow up; I will also command the clouds that they rain no rain upon it.
7For the vineyard of the LORD of hosts is the house of Israel, and the men of Judah are his pleasant planting; and he looked for justice, but behold, bloodshed; for righteousness, but behold, a cry!
Psalms 80: 9, 12 - 16, 19 - 20
9Thou didst clear the ground for it; it took deep root and filled the land.
12Why then hast thou broken down its walls, so that all who pass along the way pluck its fruit?
13The boar from the forest ravages it, and all that move in the field feed on it.
14Turn again, O God of hosts! Look down from heaven, and see; have regard for this vine,
15the stock which thy right hand planted.
16They have burned it with fire, they have cut it down; may they perish at the rebuke of thy countenance!
19Restore us, O LORD God of hosts! let thy face shine, that we may be saved!
Philippians 4: 6 - 9
6Have no anxiety about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.7And the peace of God, which passes all understanding, will keep your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.8Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is gracious, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.9What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, do; and the God of peace will be with you.
Matthew 21: 33 - 43
33"Hear another parable. There was a householder who planted a vineyard, and set a hedge around it, and dug a wine press in it, and built a tower, and let it out to tenants, and went into another country.34When the season of fruit drew near, he sent his servants to the tenants, to get his fruit;35and the tenants took his servants and beat one, killed another, and stoned another.36Again he sent other servants, more than the first; and they did the same to them.37Afterward he sent his son to them, saying, `They will respect my son.'38But when the tenants saw the son, they said to themselves, `This is the heir; come, let us kill him and have his inheritance.'39And they took him and cast him out of the vineyard, and killed him.40When therefore the owner of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those tenants?"41They said to him, "He will put those wretches to a miserable death, and let out the vineyard to other tenants who will give him the fruits in their seasons."42Jesus said to them, "Have you never read in the scriptures: `The very stone which the builders rejected has become the head of the corner; this was the Lord's doing, and it is marvelous in our eyes'?43Therefore I tell you, the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a nation producing the fruits of it."

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