DEACON GEORGE’S HOMILY FOR 27th SUNDAY OF ORDINARY TIME
Prophecy is like a health and safety warning: “Don’t go too near the edge or you will fall in.” “Don’t stick your fingers in the electrical socket or you’ll be electrocuted”. In the Old Testament, the Prophets’ main task was to give warnings of what will happen, if you do not follow their instructions. And these instructions were what the prophets had received from God. In today’s Liturgy of the Word, the Old Testament reading, the Psalm, and the Gospel, are all prophetic warnings. In our first reading, Isaiah warns the Jewish nation that if they, (the vineyard), do not produce fruit, then, God is going to do away with his vineyard and lay waste to it. The prophecy came true. They didn’t bear fruit, and so, as prophesied, they ended up in exile in Babylon….