The Sure Path to Peace

Father Bob’s last Sunday homily…

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27th Sunday in Ordinary Time A
“He will put those wretched men to a wretched death,” or “The God of peace will be with you.” These are the destinations of the two paths taken from our readings, the first from the Gospel and the terrible tale of the tenant farmers and the other from St. Paul’s always uplifting letter to the Philippians. What shall we choose?
At first glance our lives do not seem to mirror the ugly story of the tenant farmers at all. A landowner has built a vineyard with everything needed for success and then leases it to his tenants who are to repay him a certain amount of the yield. How does such a straight forward arrangement go so horribly wrong?
Well, the tenants decide the agreement they made was unfair and they do not want to surrender the produce owed to the landowner. And maybe…

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