Welcome to Andrew Greeley's Web
Author, Priest, Poet

 October 2nd, 2011 A.D. - 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time Mt. 21/33-43

Catholic Homilies
October 2nd, 2011 A.D.

27th Sunday in Ordinary Time Mt. 21/33-43

The kingdom taken from the unrepentant

 October Homilies:  2nd | 9th | 16th | 23rd | 30th

nav1.gif (1982 bytes)
nav2.gif (583 bytes)
Leave Messages
nav3.gif (528 bytes)
About the Author
nav4.gif (545 bytes)
nav5.gif (654 bytes)
Preview Novels
nav6.gif (644 bytes)
Mailbox Newsletters
nav7.gif (669 bytes)
nav8.gif (801 bytes)


  In the Gospels of October we  witness Jesus doing intellectual and religious battle with his redoubtable foes, the scribes and the Pharisees – the scholars and the religious enthusiasts of his time. Doubtless the edge of the controversy in the early church was shaped by the fact that some of the Jewish leaders had thrown Christian Jews out of the synagogues.

  Hence the writers of the gospels reached back into the traditions which had come down from Jesus which emphasized his skills in rabbinical argument.   However, there can be no doubt that he did argue effectively with some of the leaders of the Jewish people and that these arguments were occasions for teaching that impacts on us even if the original controversial context has waned.

  Thus the parable of the vine and the vineyard, deeply rooted the imagery of the Jewish Scriptures can just as easily be applied to Christians who are not responsive to the teaching of Jesus. 

 Fr. Greeley's Last Book:Chicago Catholics and the Struggle with Their Church

00spc.gif (820 bytes) Story:

  Once upon a time, a young certain priest worked very hard in establishing a program for the teens in his parish. He scheduled dances (at which no one danced, save girls with other girls, of course), basketball leagues softball leagues, volley ball leagues (for both genders, naturally), picnics, skating parties, retreats, plays, concerts. He did most of the work (along with some parents) because while the teens enthusiasms were great, their memories were not so great. Everyone one flocked to the teen club, not only from his parish but from the parishes all around.

  The priest often went back to the rectory at night after the teens had departed and the parish was safe again, almost too tired to sleep. Since the teems told him that the summer was boring, he set up a big summer program for them.

  You know what happened? Sure you know what happened?

  No one Came!

  Too busy lolling around the park and complaining about the heat. So he shut the whole operation down and began to work with senior citizens.

Securely purchase Andrew Greeley's New book - click here!

 October Homilies:  2nd | 9th | 16th | 23rd | 30th
Return to September Homilies

So he shut the whole operation down and began to work with senior citizens

Articles | Messages | Author | Homilies | Previews | Mailbox Newsletters | Home


Psalm 80:8-19

8 You brought a vine out of Egypt; you drove out the nations and plant it.
9 You cleared the ground for it; it took deep root and filled the land.
10 The mountains were covered with its shade, the mighty cedars with its branches;
11 it sent out its branches to the sea, and its shoots to the River.
12 Why then have you broken down its walls, so that all who pass along the way pluck its fruit?
13 The boar from the forest ravages it, and all that move in the field feed on it.
14 Turn again, O God of hosts! Look down from heaven, and see;  have regard for this vine,
15 the stock which your right hand planted.
16 They have burned it with fire, they have cut it down; may they perish at the rebuke of your countenance!
17 But let your hand be upon the man of your right hand, the son of man whom you have made strong for yourself!
18 Then we will never turn back from you; give us life, and we will call on your name!
19 Restore us, O LORD God of hosts! let your face shine, that we may be saved!


Father Greeley's blog - Read and comment on new articles directly? Click here:
Father Greeley is pleased to announce his new weblog: Andysword.com. A blog where ALL are welcomed to discuss today's important issues and literature

Chicago Catholics and the Struggle with Their Church
The survey of the archdiocese, which Father Greeley describes as "a very complicated place" demographically, asks some difficult questions, and finds some interesting truths.
Editorial Review
Cover Image
Order Book






Why Stay Catholic?
Catholic publishing eminence Leach asks, and answers, a good question that the nation’s second largest non-congregation – the church of ex-Catholics poses.
This book has a chapter about Fr. Greeley and is dedicated to him. Great read!
Order Book 
Read Reviews

CatholicMom Review

Father Andrew M. Greeley © 1995-2011
All Rights Reserved - Questions & Comments: Webmaster