|Parable of the Vineyard by James Janknegt|
(Sorry! I thought I had posted this on Wednesday!)
The first lesson (Isaiah) for this 2th Sunday in Ordinary Time paints a pastoral vineyard scene followed by the disappointment of the owner when the crop fails. In the gospel, Jesus speaks of a vineyard that's a venue for jealousy, greed, intrigue, betrayal and murder. (Above, James Janknegt offers us a contemporary view of the parable in this Sunday's gospel. Click on the image for a larger version.)
There's quite a contrast in the second reading which offers us what's true, honorable, just, pure, lovely, gracious and worthy of praise. There's symbolism at every turn here and reading over these texts before you hear them at Mass will be very helpful.
So plan now to put aside some time to read this Sunday's scriptures and background material on them.
Got kids? There's help for them, too, and giving them a "tease" of what they'll be hearing at Mass might just be the thing to prime them for more attentive listening during the liturgy of the Word.
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