"The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone"
This Sunday's Gospel for Oct. 5, 2014 (27A) is a most appropriate message for the celebration of Respect Life Sunday. It is the start of a month-long period when Catholics across the nation join together to witness to the inherent equality and transcendent value of every human being. And one of the main gifts we have from God is the gift of life for which we are responsible.
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Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time, Oct 5, 2014 (27A)
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Book of the prophet Isaiah, Chapter 5, Verses 1-7
1. Isaiah sings about his friend’s vineyard: “Why, when I looked for the crop of grapes, did it bring forth wild grapes?” What kind of “grapes” will God find in your vineyard?
2. “My friend had a vineyard on a fertile hillside; he spaded it, cleared it of stones, and planted the choicest vines; within it he built a watchtower, and hewed out a wine press.” The owner was devoted to the vineyard and did all the work mentioned above to produce a bountiful harvest. What was the job of the vineyard? How did it fail?
Psalm 80:9, 12, 13-14, 15-16, 19-20
1. Our psalmist speaks of a vineyard where the Lord has broken down its walls, so that every passer-by plucks its fruit. What would you do if you were in danger of losing the Lord's protection? Explain.
2. The Psalm contains a petition to the Lord, asking for new life and to be restored. For some of us, petitioning the Lord may not be our first resort when we are troubled or facing difficulties. Can you identify with the Israelites in this Psalm who are seeking to be revived by God? Explain
Letter of St. Paul to the Philippians, Chapter 4, Verses 6-9
1. How do you feel about peace standing guard over your mind and heart in Christ? What does St. Paul say takes the place of the anxiety? What replaces the worries? Is this true for you?
2. For what are all people of good will reaching when they embrace what is true, honorable, just, pure, lovely, gracious, excellent and worthy of praise? What are you able to embrace if you are tied up with anxieties? Discuss.
According to Matthew, Chapter 21, Verses 33-43
1. Name some of God’s servants who have been sent as messengers and have spent or lost their lives. Which ones do you admire most? Why? Who are God’s messengers today? What changes in society do they advocate?
2. How can you be God’s messenger or voice in some way in your community, work or Church? What changes in society can you work toward? As a messenger, what would you be willing to endure: contempt, suspicion, death?
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