Read Isaiah 5:1-7
Listen while I sing you this song,
a song of my friend and his vineyard:
My friend had a vineyard
on a very fertile hill.
2He dug the soil and cleared it of stones;
he planted the finest vines.
He built a tower to guard them,
dug a pit for treading the grapes.
He waited for the grapes to ripen,
but every grape was sour.
3 So now my friend says, “You people who live in Jerusalem and Judah, judge between my vineyard and me. 4Is there anything I failed to do for it? Then why did it produce sour grapes and not the good grapes I expected?
5 “This is what I am going to do to my vineyard; I will take away the hedge round it, break down the wall that protects it, and let wild animals eat it and trample it down. 6I will let it be overgrown with weeds. I will not prune the vines or hoe the ground; instead I will let briars and thorns cover it. I will even forbid the clouds to let rain fall on it.”
7Israel is the vineyard of the Lord Almighty;
the people of Judah are the vines he planted.
He expected them to do what was good,
but instead they committed murder.
He expected them to do what was right,
but their victims cried out for justice.
Isaiah echoes the Psalm - the illustration is of a lovingly tended field; offered every opportunity to produce good fruit. We are like that field. God gives us Jesus to save us, the Holy Spirit to transform us - the scriptures and our Christian community to guide us and support us.
But we fail to take up his offers.
Lord, help me to take up the opportunities you give me to bear good fruit. Let your Holy Spirit sanctify me. May your word Guide me. Let the community of faith support me and let me support it.