Sunday 4 October 2020

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Feast of St Francis of Assisi

27th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Isaiah 5:1-7. The vineyard of the Lord is the House of Israel – Psalm 79(80):9, 12-16, 19-20. Philippines 4:6-9. Matthew 21:33-43.

How is our vineyard?

Today both the first reading and the Gospel focus on the Lord’s vineyard, the place where God’s people are to be found. And boy have they been poor tenants. They were called to serve and yet disappointed, acted badly, yielded no fruit.

As the current tenants in the vineyard then, how are we doing? On today the Feast Day of St Francis of Assisi how are we living the Gospel joyfully and authentically? We know that Saint Francis ‘was particularly concerned for God’s creation and for the poor and outcast. He loved, and was deeply loved for his joy, his generous self-giving, his openheartedness. He was a mystic and a pilgrim who lived in simplicity and in wonderful harmony with God, with others, with nature and with himself. He shows us just how inseparable the bond is between concern for nature, justice for the poor, commitment to society, and interior peace’ – Laudato Si’, 10

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