27th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Oct. 4, 2020

27A20.   Isaiah 5:1-7.  “What more was there to do for my vineyard that I had not done?”  God had done everything to make Judah his holy people but without any good result.  “Then  he looked for the crop of grapes, but what it yielded was wild grapes.”  Frustrated with Judah‘s failure to grow to be God’s holy people, God said of Judah, the vineyard of God, “Yes, I will make it a ruin.”  God demand results from his work in gracing us.  If we refused to make use of his graces to grow in holiness, he will abandon us to the results of our sinfulness.

Matthew 21:33-43.   Jesus addresses this parable to the chief priests and elders.   Their ancestors killed the prophets and now their children, the chief priests and the elders, were to kill the son of God so they could take charge of the vineyard, the children of God.  The chief priests and the elders, not realizing at first that the tenants Jesus was referring to were themselves, they responded to Jesus’ question of what the owner should do with the tenants who had done such evil things, saying, “He will put those wretched men to a wretched death and lease his vineyard to other tenants who will give him the produce at the proper times.”  They were predicting what would happen to them who themselves were the wretched tenants.  They would be deposed as the leaders of God’s people.  The vineyard, God’s people, would be given to others who would produce a holy people.   As in the first reading, God demands that the graces he gives us are productive.  Failure to be responsible, that is to respond to God’ graces and produce the results that God wants of us, will lead to a grave punishment.

Philippians 4:6-9.   In the verse before this reading Paul says, “The Lord is near!”  That is to say, be confident. “Have no anxiety at all.”  Make your needs known to God and God will give you what you need.  “Then the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.”  In other words, rest in the strength of God.  Be true to God and all he calls you to, as he is true to you. “Then the God of peace will be with you.”  It is only when we do not cooperate with the graces God gives us that the chaos and confusion of this world overwhelm us.