THE TWENTY-SIXTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
September 28, 2014
The context for today's Gospel is the mounting
tension between Jesus & the Jewish religious leaders. Jesus
has entered Jerusalem & overturned the money changers'
tables in the Temple. Jesus has caught the attention of the
religious authorities; the chief priests & elders question Jesus about the
source of his authority. Jesus refuses to name for these religious leaders the
source of his authority. Instead, he questions the priests & elders through the
parable we hear in today's Gospel. The answer given by the religious leaders is correct, but it convicts them for their failure to heed the call of John the Baptist & for their inability to recognize the Kingdom of God.
The situation Jesus poses is rather straightforward. Given the same task by their father, one son asserts his disobedience in words, but then obeys in his actions; the second son obeys with his words, but disobeys in his actions.
The question that Jesus poses is pointed & direct: Which son did what the father wanted? All would agree that “actions speak louder than words” & that even if his words were disobedient, the son who did the work as ordered did the father's will.
Jesus' conclusion is also direct. The chief priests & elders, the ones who speak most often about God, did not act accordingly. They did not respond to the message of repentance announced by John the Baptist with a change of heart. Instead, John's message was heeded by those one would not expect to repent—tax collectors, prostitutes, & other sinners. Because of their actions, these sinners will enter the Kingdom of God ahead of the religious leaders. Jesus could ask us the same question. Do our words indicate our obedience to God? If not our words, do our actions? God desires a full conversion of heart, that our actions (and our words as well) will give evidence of our love for God.
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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
Monday, Sep 29: Feast of the Archangels
8:30 AM St. Mark ** Gloria Laveway by Dolores & Don Laveway
8:30 AM St. Mary ** Ronnie Gamblin by Mort & Stella Carlstrom
Tuesday, Sep 30:
8:30 AM Holy Rosary ** Lewis & Joan Steeves by Joan & Carroll Steeves
8:30 AM St. Denis ** For Health of Jim Campbell by Thursday Faith Sharing Group
Wednesday, Oct 1:
8:30 AM Holy Rosary ** Ethel Maxeiner by Ladies of St. Anne Sodality
8:30 AM St. Mary ** Bob St. Peter by Mort & Stella Carlstrom
Thursday, Oct 2:
8:30 AM Sacred Heart ** Warren & Helena Raymond by Cindy
8:30 AM St. Denis ** Muriel B. George by David & Adrienne Bernard
Friday, Oct 3:
8:30 AM St. Mary ** Neal Kelley by Paul & Emmaleen Lynch
2:30 PM Rising Hill ** For a Special Favor by Rainald Gervais, Sr.
Saturday, Oct 4: 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time
4:00 PM Holy Rosary ** Joe Gaston (1st anniv.) by Wife Willetta & Corbin Family
4:00 PM St. Mary ** Vina Dube by Bernadette
4:00 PM St. Theresa ** David M. Raymond by John & Julie Cook
5:30 PM Sacred Heart ** Simone Levesque by Husband Eugene
6:00 PM St. Catherine ** Verna Hedrich by Ken Akerley
6:00 PM St. Joseph ** Ward Warren by John & Johnnie Cancelarich
Sunday, Oct 5: Respect Life Sunday
9:00 AM Holy Rosary ** Steve Bither (1st anniv.) by Wife Gala, Megan & Adrianna
9:00 AM Our Lady ** Linda Rand by Barb & Greg
9:00 AM St. Mary ** The Beaulieu Family by Linda Ellis
10:30 AM St. Mark ** For the People
11:00 AM St. Denis ** Jill Beckwith by Gil & Jeanine Morneault
11:00 AM St. Louis ** Adrienne Charette by Jim & Irma
3:00 PM St. Mary ** Hollis Irving by Paul & Emmaleen Lynch
* In case of a Funeral Mass, the Daily Mass Intention will be rescheduled.