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27th Sunday In Ordinary Time - Year A

This week’s gospel must be read in conjunction with the first reading (Isaiah 5:1-7)
and the responsorial psalm, because the message of these passages is implicit in the
parable told by Jesus. As soon as Jesus began to describe the vineyard – fenced
around, a winepress dug and tower built – his audience would have immediately
known that he was reflecting the Isaiah description of Israel as the vineyard of the
Lord. Isaiah’s condemnation of Israel in that passage is so strong that one can
almost imagine Jesus’ audience cringing in anticipation of where this story was

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