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27th Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Originally delivered on Oct 3, 1993

Readings: Isaiah 5:1-7; Philippians 4:6-9; Matthew 21:33-43

In this week’s Gospel, we hear another parable about a vineyard.  Today we hear about tenant farmers who brought forth beautiful grapes, but they thought it was their own doing and forgot about their responsibility to the vineyard owner. Fr. Healy reminds us that his theory is that the Gospel is meant to comfort and console as well as challenge us.  How do we tend the vineyard?  Do we sit on the sidelines and do nothing in the face of injustices in our world?  Let the same Jesus that comforts us, challenge us in this day’s reading to renew our effort to tend His vineyard.

10th Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Originally delivered on June 11, 1989

Readings: Kings 17:17-24; Galatians 1:11-19; Luke 7:11-17

A mother leaning over the lifeless body of her child, grieving beyond measure is a powerful image reflected in today’s readings.  The challenge is for us to be one with the grieving mother such that our gried leads us to action. We see this grieving mother in so many present day injustices around the world.  If we watch carefully, this mother’s grief turns into collective anger in protest to change the structure of society.  Today’s liturgy demands that, like Paul, we must take action and raise our voices.