This weekend we celebrate the Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

Isaiah 5:1–7

Psalm 80:9, 12–16, 19–20

Philippians 4:6–9

Matthew 21:33–43

Reflections for this Sunday’s Readings:

Matthew’s Gospel today expands on Isaiah’s ballad considerably. A comparison with the same story in Mark’s Gospel clearly shows us that here the author is busy teaching this community of Jewish Christians: “This is a story about Israel a long time ago; this is also a story about Jesus and the skeptical leaders.”

Jesus as much as told these Jewish leaders that they were the tenants who first stoned their own prophets. And he told the leaders they were the tenants who would soon even dispose of him—Jesus—and, in doing so, would forfeit their privileged place of presenting to the world the promised Messiah.

“And this,” says Matthew’s Gospel, “is a story about you, the inheritors of what was first offered to Israel.” The reign of God was first opened to Israel and is now given to the whole world, but it must be received as a gift. The first Christians are the new tenants in the vineyard. The deeper reality of the reign or kingdom of God is that it is available to everyone on the face of the earth—Israel included.

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You are invited to download and print the Order of Service and Father David’s Homily found below to follow along and participate in this weekend’s Mass.

And Be Sure to Check Out This Sunday’s Bulletin…

Take a look at this weekend’s bulletin attached below to find out more about:

·Annual Pet Blessing this Sunday at 2 p.m.: Page 2

·Congratulations to Our First Communicants: Page 7

·Youth Ministry Hosting Mystic Monk Coffee and Tea “Fun”raiser: Pages 8-9

·Golf for a Good Cause: St. James School Golf Outing: Page 10

·Respect Life Month: Sign up for 40 Days for LIfe: Page 11

…and much, much more!

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