October 5, 2008, 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Lord … “take care of this vine and protect what your right hand has planted.” (Psalm 80:16)
l. Is. 5-7
2. Phil. 4, 6-9
3. Gospel: Mt. 21, 33-43
REFLECTION: The image of this Gospel reading is that of a vineyard, a place for growing grapes. The vineyard stands for the People of God and God is the Vine Keeper. God takes care of his people in a loving and generous way. He does everything possible for the growth of the vineyard: spades it, fertilizes it, waters it, even sets us a watchtower to keep vigilant watch over it. Yet despite all his greatest efforts, the vineyard does not always yield good fruit. Sometimes we fail at peace and generosity. Sometimes we add to the ruin of God’s vineyard.
PRAYER: Lord God, help us to be good and considerate tenants of your vineyard, caring for the land, the water and the air which you have given us. May our attitude be both an acknowledgement of your creation and a good example to others. Amen.
Reflect on the Most Holy Rosary. With the family or friends, pray the Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary asking Mary to intercede for all families and their needs.
Think about how you nurture your family. Have a family meeting. Talk about how you want Fall to be for you this year.
Today nourish your life through prayer. Let go of anxiety and pray in all your deeds today.
The Church reminds us to reflect on the meaning of life. Do something special today that will show your respect for life.
Along with the theme of respect for life is the care for the environment where we live. When the family gathers for the meal tonight, talk about your attitude toward conservation and the environment.
Read the readings for this coming Sunday.
1. Is. 25: 6-10
2. Phil. 4: 6-9
3. Gospel: Mt. 22, 1-14
PRAYER: Father, you fashioned every man and woman in your own image and likeness. Help us to always recognize that image in all people and to respect all aspects of all human life. We ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.
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