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June 25, 2024

Ordinary Time

For a large part of the liturgical year, we devote ourselves to listening to the mystery of Christ in all its aspects unfolded as we seek God's truth and understanding.

Sunday Readings and Backgrounds

Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

Reading I : Isaiah 5:1-7

Israel is the vineyard of the Lord.

  • The first 39 chapters of the Book of Isaiah are called First Isaiah.
  • First Isaiah preaches about faithfulness to God and Salvation.
  • In today's passage Isaiah sings a story about an unfruitful vineyard.

Reading II : Philippians 4:6-9

Present your needs to God.

  • In the Letter to the Philippians, Paul gives advice for Christian living.
  • Christians are to imitate Christ and to live according to what he has taught them.
  • The harvest would come, not from their worry but from their prayer and trusting labor.

Gospel : Matthew 21:33-43

They killed even the son.

  • The Gospel is another parable about a vineyard.
  • In this story, the problem was not the vineyard itself, but those entrusted with its care.
  • Jesus' hearers knew on whom the judgment fell; the chief priests and the Pharisees.