27th Sunday in Ordinary Time A20
The readings from Isaiah and the Gospel of Matthew are remarkably similar. Was Jesus guilty of plagiarism? Or was he, as the Word of God, the source of inspiration for Isaiah? No matter. We leave those questions to Scripture scholars.
Whether it’s Isaiah’s friend or Jesus’ landowner, they did all they could in preparation for a bountiful harvest. But something went horribly wrong. In the friend’s case, it yielded wild grapes out of neglect rather the cultivated ones which were much sweeter to the taste and could be eaten fresh, dried out to become raisins, or pressed to make wine. In the landowner’s story, it was the treachery and violence of the tenants who were supposed to be stewards of the vintage for him.