Our first reading, taken from the fifth chapter of the prophet Isaiah, presents a classic trope within the Israelite tradition: the image of the vineyard as a representation of the people Israel. We hear that the author is going to sing a song of his “friend” and his vineyard. What becomes immediately clear is that the friend is the Lord God and the vineyard is the Lord’s holy people. This song is a love story indeed, but one that stresses the demands of love.

Mass Readings

Reading 1 – Isaiah 5:1-7
Psalm – Psalm 80:9-20
Reading 2 – Philippians 4:6-9
Gospel – Matthew 21:33-43