It is 8th October 2017. We celebrate the Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time. The readings are from Isaiah 5:1-7; and the second readings is from Philippians 4:6-9; and the Gospel from Matthew 21:33-43. In the first reading, we reflect the Isaiah’s Song of the Vineyard. God planted a vineyard in which God wants to have fruits but what God has only thorns, thistles and sour grapes and so God vows to destroy it and entrust it to some other tenants who would be able to be fruitful. God is disappointed and pained because of the lack of response from Israel. God laments that what more could He have done to make the vineyard fruitful. Indeed, God has done more than we could ask for, why then we refuse to be fruitful? We are the vineyard of the Lord which failed to produce the fruits that the Lord is looking for in our vineyard. Time has come in our lives to look at the conditions and the lack of response in us and consider being fruitful. A serious warning is served by the Lord for a prolonged spiritual impotency, ingratitude and irresponsive living. The responsorial Psalm acclaim, “The vineyard of the Lord is the house of Israel.” (Is.5:7). In the second reading, St. Paul urges us to be enjoy the peace of the Lord at all times and letting go off our anger, personal hurt, grudges we hold against one another. In order to enjoy the peace of God, we need to offer our prayers in gratitude. By being thankful constantly and consistently, one becomes fruitful. We read one of the Parable of the Judgement in the Gospel. It brings out the relationship between the tenant and landlord. The chosen were rejected because they did not honour what was agreed between God and themselves. The bitter grapes of immorality, injustice, ingratitude, disloyalty and disobedience are the outcome of the person who abuses the benefits of the vineyard. Greed and ingratitude murder mercy and charity. Let us not delay any more being fruitful. We need to learn being grateful and fruitful just because the Lord has done His part. May you have a good day.

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