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04 October 2020 – Sunday 27A (COCU 59A)

04 October 2020 – Sunday 27A (COCU 59A)
THE VINEYARD, THE LAND
(Matthew 21:33-46)
A vineyard and fence,
productive land, a wine press;
what more could one want?

The tenant farmers
wanting more, killing for it,
met a grisly end.

Outsiders among
a thousand generations,
we mistake our place.

A people disdained,
hunted, herded, dispossessed:
the first are made last.

Sacred gorge destroyed,
death of language, culture, place:
the first are still last.

Wanting all there is,
our people are devouring
even life itself.
        Jeff Shrowder, 2020
 
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