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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for October 8, 2017

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SUNDAY, October 8      18 Pentecost

Isaiah 5:1a Let me sing for my beloved my love-song concerning his vineyard.

Just as the spurned lover in a revenge ballad revisits the moments of betrayal and calls her audience to take her side in the ensuing conflict, the disappointed beloved (YHWH) of Isaiah’s song demands a hearing. Expectations of faithfulness have been betrayed; trust has been broken.

Perhaps you, like me, have driven down the road singing a classic revenge ballad, maybe Carly Simon’s “You’re So Vain,” at the top of your lungs after a bad break-up. Isaiah’s song, however, completely knocks us off our high horse, because we are the offending party. Our communities, our churches, our families are the Lord’s pleasant planting, and we have yielded up wild grapes. Failing to walk in justice and righteousness, we have trafficked in violence in our hearts, our speech, our economic practices, and in our institutions. It is shockingly painful to stand exposed to the consequences. Isaiah demands that we stand and listen to the protest of our God.

MOVING FORWARD: Do some research about vineyards to discover why this image is so prominent in scripture.

PRAY for the Dioceses of Saint Albans, Saint Albans-Bedford, and Saint Albans-Hertford (England)

Ps 19 and Exodus 20:1-4, 7-9, 12-20 –OR– Ps 80:7-14 and Isaiah 5:1-7 | Philippians 3:4b-14 | Matthew 21:33-46

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