Gospel Reflections

27th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Matthew 22:34-40

Sunday Gospel Reflection by Sister Joan Mary Brown

Published: October 05, 2014

Read Matthew 22:34-40

When the Pharisees heard that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together, and one of them, a scholar of the law tested him by asking, "Teacher, which... Read More…


One Sunday morning when I was leading the children in their celebration of the Liturgy of the Word, a little boy said to me, “It’s not about love again this week is it, Sister?” We all know the answer, “Yes it is about love again this week, and next week and every week for God is love.”

As Dame Julian of Norwich says in her writings, “Love is his meaning.” “God is everything which is good and comforting for our help. God is our clothing, wrapping and enfolding us in love, embracing and sheltering us.” How hard to believe in our war torn and violent world where so many are suffering.

My friend had a vineyard on a fertile hillside.
He dug the soil, cleared it of stones and planted choice vines in it.
In the middle he built a tower and dug a press there too.
He expected it to yield grapes, but sour grapes were all that it gave.
(Isaiah 5: 2)
Sour grapes were all that it gave...

In the Mass we pray, “Blessed are you. Lord, God of all creation, of your goodness we have this wine to offer, fruit of the vine and work of human hands ... Everything we have is gift. But like the tenants who seized the vineyard, enticed by evil, people abuse their God-given freedom and succumb to greed and self-satisfaction and we say, “where is God’s love in all this?” But God can bring good from evil. Out of the greatest evil ever committed, the rejection and murder of his beloved Son, God brought about the greatest good: the glorification of Christ and our redemption.

How are we caring for the vineyard? Who are we serving?
Blessed are those who are poor in spirit,
for whom the power and riches of this world hold no meaning.
Blessed are those who are open-handed, holding on to nothing.
Blessed are those whose lives are empty of all that is not important;
the kingdom of heaven is theirs.

Yes it is about LOVE again today, the love which surpasses all that we ask or deserve, the love which opens up for us the treasures of God’s mercy, that forgives all that weighs on our conscience and grants us more even than we dare to ask.
(Prayer Psalter week 3 Sunday 27 OT)

 

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