THE TWENTY-FIFTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
September 21, 2014
In today's Gospel, Jesus moves from Galilee to
teach in Judea where he is sought out by great
crowds and tested by the Pharisees on issues such
as marriage and divorce. Jesus also encounters a
rich young man who is unable to accept Jesus'
demand that he leave his possessions to follow him.
Jesus' response to the rich young man sounds very much like the conclusion we will find in today's Gospel: the first will be last and the last will be first.
On the surface, the parable of the workers in the vineyard appears to be
an offense to common sense. Those who work a longer day ought to be
paid more than those who work just an hour or two. When viewed in this
way, the landowner seems unfair. That is because we are reading into the
parable our own preconceived notions of how fairness and equality should
be quantified. A close read shows us that the land owner paid on the terms
that were negotiated. The landowner, it seems, has acted completely justly.
The parable goes beyond that, however, and we come to see that the
landowner is not simply just, he is exceptionally just. He is radically just.
He has given those who labored in the field for a full day their due pay.
But he has also given a full-day's wage to those who worked only a single
hour. No one is cheated, but a few receive abundantly from the landowner
just as we receive from God more than what is merely justifiable or due.
God, like the landowner, is radically just and abundantly generous. The
workers who complain are made to look foolish as they lament the fact
that landowner has made all workers equal. Indeed, what more could one
ask for than to be treated as an equal at work or anywhere else? The
parable reminds us that although God owes us nothing, he offers
abundantly and equally.
We are occasionally tempted to think that our own actions deserve more
reward, more of God's abundant mercy, than the actions of others. But
God's generosity cannot be quantified or partitioned into different
amounts for different people. When we think that way, we are trying to
relate to God on our terms rather than to accept God's radically different
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Sunday, Sep 21: 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time
9:00 AM Holy Rosary ** Clare Hitchcock by Alan Hitchcock & Family
9:00 AM Our Lady ** Msgr. Leopold Nicknair by Fr. Ray Morency
9:00 AM St. Mary ** Gary Ellis by Wife Linda
10:30 AM St. Mark ** Donald Rafford by Wife Georgine & Family
11:00 AM St. Denis ** Scott Sirois by Mom & Dad
11:00 AM St. Louis ** For the People
3:00 PM St. Mary ** Loretta Walton by Dan & Leah Girardin
6:30 PM St. Mary Taize Ministry
Monday, Sep 22:
8:30 AM St. Mark ** Yvette Deabay by Dolores & Don Laveway
2:00 PM Presque Isle Nursing Home ** Camilla Cronkite by John & Lucian Cronkite
Tuesday, Sep 23:
8:30 AM Holy Rosary ** Simone Levesque by Dick & Debbie Chabre
8:30 AM St. Denis ** Real J. Oakes (7th anniv.) by Garnet & Rita Rochford
Wednesday, Sep 24:
8:30 AM Holy Rosary ** Mark LeBlanc by Mom, Dad & Family
8:30 AM St. Mary ** Ronnie Gamblin (2nd anniv.) by His Loving Family
Thursday, Sep 25:
8:30 AM Sacred Heart ** Adrienne Chapman by Madeline Guerrette
8:30 AM St. Denis ** Owen Toner by Ed & Ellen Sherman
Friday, Sep 26:
8:30 AM Holy Rosary ** Arlene Learnard by Ladies of St. Anne Sodality
8:30 AM St. Mary ** Edith Collins by Fern Albert Gauvin
Saturday, Sep 27: 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time
4:00 PM Holy Rosary ** Richard Plourde by Bob & Yvette Lagasse
4:00 PM St. Mary ** Freeman & Belle Markee by Arlene & Raynold
4:00 PM St. Theresa ** Philip & Irene Theriault by Phil & Jean
5:30 PM Sacred Heart ** Rossman Morin by Daughters of Isabella Circle #638
6:00 PM St. Catherine ** Ida Koch by Anita
6:00 PM St. Joseph ** Roy & Omerine Belanger by Earl & Lela
Sunday, Sep 28: 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time
9:00 AM Holy Rosary ** Maurice & Elsie Fisher by Gene & Sharon Ellis
9:00 AM Our Lady ** Glenna Louridas by Our Lady of the Snows Sodality
9:00 AM St. Mary ** Loretta 'Cookie' Allen by John & Johnnie Cancelarich
10:30 AM St. Mark ** Gilbert 'Sonny' O'Clair by John, Christine & Melissa Ordway
11:00 AM St. Denis ** For the People
11:00 AM St. Louis ** James T. Beahm (9th anniv.) by Wife Beatrice
3:00 PM St. Mary ** Marcia Carroll by Judy, Maylen & Ginny
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