Taste and See: Fault and failing

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Jesus said to the chief priests and the elders of the people, ‘Listen to another parable. There was a man, a landowner, who planted a vineyard; he fenced it round, dug a winepress in it and built a tower; then he leased it to tenants and went abroad. When vintage time drew near he sent his servants to the tenants to collect his produce. But the tenants seized his servants, thrashed one, killed another and stoned a third. Next he sent some more servants, this time a larger number, and they dealt with them in the same way. Finally he sent his son to them. “They will respect my son” he said. But when the tenants saw the son, they said to each other, “This is the heir. Come on, let us kill him and take over his inheritance.” So they seized him and threw him out of the vineyard…

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Thank you…

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…to our parish’s lay Ministers of Holy Communion.

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Thank you  for their regular service of the people of the parish – at Mass and in taking Holy Communion to those who are presently not able to come to Mass.

And thank you to them for coming to the time of reflection and prayer this afternoon, planning for future developments in this parish ministry.

Do please pray for our ministers, thanking God for their generosity and the care they take in what they do.

Exposition. Basilica of Pius X; Lourdes (c) 2016, Allen Morris

Speak Lord: tend to us…

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Let me sing to my friend
the song of his love for his vineyard.

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,
he dug a press there too.
He expected it to yield grapes,
but sour grapes were all that it gave.

And now, inhabitants of Jerusalem
and men of Judah,
I ask you to judge
between my vineyard and me.
What could I have done for my vineyard
that I have not done?
I expected it to yield grapes.
Why did it yield sour grapes instead?

Very well, I will tell you
what I am going to do to my vineyard:
I will take away its hedge for it to be grazed on,
and knock down its wall for it to be trampled on.
I will lay…

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Speak Lord: to our brokenness

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The vineyard of the Lord is the house of Israel.

You brought a vine out of Egypt;
to plant it you drove out the nations.
It stretched out its branches to the sea,
to the Great River it stretched out its shoots.

The vineyard of the Lord is the house of Israel.

Then why have you broken down its walls?
It is plucked by all who pass by.
It is ravaged by the boar of the forest,
devoured by the beasts of the field.

The vineyard of the Lord is the house of Israel.

God of hosts, turn again, we implore,
look down from heaven and see.
Visit this vine and protect it,
the vine your right hand has planted.

The vineyard of the Lord is the house of Israel.

And we shall never forsake you again;
give us life that we may call upon your name.
God of hosts…

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Speak Lord: Speak peace…

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There is no need to worry; but if there is anything you need, pray for it, asking God for it with prayer and thanksgiving, and that peace of God, which is so much greater than we can understand, will guard your hearts and your thoughts, in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers, fill your minds with everything that is true, everything that is noble, everything that is good and pure, everything that we love and honour, and everything that can be thought virtuous or worthy of praise. Keep doing all the things that you learnt from me and have been taught by me and have heard or seen that I do. Then the God of peace will be with you.

Second reading for the 27th Sunday of Ordinary Time
Philippians 4:6-9

There are so many things that can provoke worry and stress in us – events external to ourselves, and of course…

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CAFOD Harvest Fast Day

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HFD17 PrayerCard-1Tomorrow is CAFOD Harvest Fast Day.

It is a day that we are asked to keep as a day of fasting and abstinence in solidarity with those who struggle to support themselves and their families, especially in the Developing World.

Why not share with others the time you fast from a meal, reflect on the experience, and offer the prayer below together.

You are invited to make a donation to CAFOD which you can do either through the second collection on Sunday (Gift Aid envelopes are available) or direct through the CAFOD website.

 

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Speak Lord: Lord of the Harvest

Living Eucharist

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Jesus said to the chief priests and the elders of the people, ‘Listen to another parable. There was a man, a landowner, who planted a vineyard; he fenced it round, dug a winepress in it and built a tower; then he leased it to tenants and went abroad. When vintage time drew near he sent his servants to the tenants to collect his produce. But the tenants seized his servants, thrashed one, killed another and stoned a third. Next he sent some more servants, this time a larger number, and they dealt with them in the same way. Finally he sent his son to them. “They will respect my son” he said. But when the tenants saw the son, they said to each other, “This is the heir. Come on, let us kill him and take over his inheritance.” So they seized him and threw him out of the vineyard…

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Taste and See: living, loving word

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Alleluia, alleluia!
If anyone loves me he will keep my word,
and my Father will love him,
and we shall come to him.
Alleluia!

Gospel Acclamation for the 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time

People sometimes keep ‘commonplace books’ to make note of interesting experiences, and jot down passages from books and newspapers that catch their eye. They make record of them for their future reflection and use.

The practice could be a helpful one for the faithful, to note down particular passages of Scripture that connect with us, and to which we suspect we will want to return to.

The verse of the Gospel acclamation (John 14.23) could be just such a verse. It invites us to fresh faithfulness and offers the encouragement of God’s intimate love and care for us.

Ambo. St Mary’s Priory, Abergavenny. (c) 2017, Allen Morris

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