Book of Isaiah
Let me now sing of my friend, my friend's song concerning his vineyard. My friend had a
vineyard on a fertile hillside;
He spaded it, cleared
it of stones, and planted the choicest vines; Within it he built a watchtower, and hewed out a wine
press. Then he looked for the crop of grapes, but what it yielded was wild grapes.
Now, inhabitants of Jerusalem and men of Judah, judge between me and my
What more was there to do for my vineyard
that I had not done? Why, when I looked for the crop of grapes, did it bring forth wild
Now, I will let you know what I mean to do to
my vineyard: Take away its hedge, give it to grazing, break through its wall, let it be
Yes, I will make it a ruin: it shall not be
pruned or hoed, but overgrown with thorns and briers; I will command the clouds not to send rain
The vineyard of the LORD of hosts is the house
of Israel, and the men of Judah are his cherished plant; He looked for judgment, but see, bloodshed!
for justice, but hark, the outcry!
You brought a vine
out of Egypt; you drove away the nations and planted it.
It sent out boughs as far as the sea, shoots as far as the river.
Why have you broken down the walls, so that all who pass by pluck its
The boar from the forest strips the vine; the
beast of the field feeds upon it.
Turn again, LORD of hosts; look down from heaven and see; Attend to
the shoot your right hand has
Then we will not withdraw from you; revive us,
and we will call on your name.
LORD of hosts, restore
us; let your face shine upon us, that we may be saved.
Letter to the Philippians 4:6-9.
Have no anxiety at all, but in everything, by
prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, make your requests known to God.
Then the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your
hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.
whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely,
whatever is gracious, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think
about these things.
Keep on doing what you have learned
and received and heard and seen in me. Then the God of peace will be with you.
Holy Gospel of Jesus
Christ according to Saint Matthew 21:33-43.
Jesus said to the chief priests and the elders
of the people: «Hear another parable. There was a landowner who planted a vineyard, put a hedge
around it, dug a wine press in it, and built a tower. Then he leased it to tenants and went on a
When vintage time drew near, he sent his
servants to the tenants to obtain his produce.
tenants seized the servants and one they beat, another they killed, and a third they
Again he sent other servants, more numerous
than the first ones, but they treated them in the same way.
Finally, he sent his son to them, thinking, 'They will respect my son.'
But when the tenants saw the son, they said to one another, 'This is
the heir. Come, let us kill him and acquire his inheritance.'
They seized him, threw him out of the vineyard, and killed him.
What will the owner of the vineyard do to those tenants when he
They answered him, "He will put those wretched
men to a wretched death and lease his vineyard to other tenants who will give him the produce at the
Jesus said to them, "Did you never read in the
scriptures: 'The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone; by the Lord has this
been done, and it is wonderful in our eyes'?
Therefore, I say
to you, the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people that will produce its