Speak Lord: Come to our aid

Musée de l'Arles antique Orantes

The responsorial psalm for the Mass of the 27th Sunday of Ordinary Time echoes the theme of the first reading – yes, the Lord’s vineyard.

The vineyard of the Lord is the house of Israel.

You brought a vine out of Egypt;
to plant it you drove out the nations.
It stretched out its branches to the sea,
to the Great River it stretched out its shoots.

The vineyard of the Lord is the house of Israel.

Then why have you broken down its walls?
It is plucked by all who pass by.
It is ravaged by the boar of the forest,
devoured by the beasts of the field.

The vineyard of the Lord is the house of Israel.

God of hosts, turn again, we implore,
look down from heaven and see.
Visit this vine and protect it,
the vine your right hand has planted.

The vineyard of the Lord is the house of Israel.

And we shall never forsake you again;
give us life that we may call upon your name.
God of hosts, bring us back;
let your face shine on us and we shall be saved.

The vineyard of the Lord is the house of Israel.

Psalm 79:9,12-16,19-20

What is different to other recent times that the vineyard has been presented in the Liturgy of the Word is that this time it is we – admittedly in the words of sacred Scripture – who lament the state of the vineyard, and implore The Lord to help us.

  • What are the things in our world that cause you to lament?
  • How can you be part of the Church’s witness of Good News in face of such sorrow?

Today, Friday 3rd October, is CAFOD Harvest Fast Day.

A day when we fast in solidarity with those who daily go without. A day when we think how to share what we have – often more than enough – with those who have less than is needed to survive.

You might like to find time to pray the following prayer:

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Donations to the work of CAFOD can be made here.

Image of the Orantes figure, the Church at Prayer is from the Museum of Antiquities, Arles. Photograph (c) 2014, Allen Morris.

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