27th Sunday Year A : A disappointing vineyard and homicidal wine growers
The Lord complains about the hard hearts of his own people! He expected grapes and there he gets verjuice; equity and there he gets iniquity! In Is. verse 7 we find, in the original Hebrew, an interesting and eloquent play upon words: “[The Lord] expected justice [tsedaqah צדקה] and there he finds screams”, [tse’aqah, צעקה].
The parable of the homicidal wine growers is no less sad: the wine growers kill the messengers of the Master Who, in the end, sends his own Son. They do not hesitate to kill the Heir and throw Him out of the vineyard. Jesus, the incarnate Word of God, is the last Messenger: after Him, no more prophecies (Cf. Heb. 1:1). He is thrown out of the City that they considered holy. But he lives eternally after his violent death. Despite all appearances, the injustice is ephemeral and justice is eternal. The Blood of Jesus, represented by “the fruit of the vine”, redeems us “from dead works to serve, with filial love, the living God! (cf. Heb. 9:14).
By Fr. Peter Madros