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            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. W
      hen 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 q
      uantified 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
         ways.

       © Loyola Publications

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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

      * In case of a Funeral Mass, the Daily Mass Intention will be rescheduled.

    • Fr. Kyle's Homily - Sept. 14, 2014
                                               Homily
                                   September 13-14, 2014                                   
                                      Power of the Cross
             

         
      “For you placed the salvation of the human race on the wood
         of the Cross,
       so that, where death arose, life might again spring
                                    forth and the evil one, who conquered on a tree, might likewise
                                                    on a tree be conquered through Christ our Lord.”


      These are the words from today’s Preface…words that we’ll hear sung in just a few moments. And they blow my mind. There’s not a screenwriter, or poet, or playwright that has ever existed or will ever exist that can top the brilliance of the story of Jesus Christ, the God-man. George Stevens capitalized on this in his 1965 film The Greatest Story Ever Told. A better name for it could not be found. It’s a story of unmatched action and drama…a story of deep mystery and intrigue…a story of unbridled passion and romance…it’s a story of complete tragedy and devastation, and it’s a story of unsurpassable glory and joy. It’s a story that climaxes upon two intersected wooden beams stuck into a hill outside of Jerusalem. Upon these beams hangs a man, but not just any man…the God-man. He hangs and He bleeds…He sweats, He gasps for air…and after hours of pure agony, He dies. Ecce homo…behold the Man…behold the God-man…raised up before our eyes not on a stunning throne of glory, but on a blood-stained tree of death. It wasn’t the Roman soldiers that kept Him there. It wasn’t the Jewish leaders that kept Him there. It was love that kept Him there. A love beyond words…a love that far surpasses anything we could ever dream of. He embraced the wood of the Cross because of His love for you. Behold the love of your God. Behold the price of your salvation. Behold the Cross.


      Hail, O Cross, our only hope!
      For the past 2,000 years, those who have professed faith in Christ have taken the Cross as the sign and symbol of their faith. The Cross is everywhere…in our churches, in our homes, even on our very selves. But step back for a moment and think about it…the absurdity of it all. Whether it’s gold or silver, wood or stone…whether it’s beautifully ornate or disturbingly grotesque…it’s two-intersected beams joined together for the purpose of execution. A wretched instrument of torture and death was hallowed and sanctified by God Himself Who hung upon it. His agony becomes our glory…His death becomes our life…His Cross becomes our salvation. We exalt the Cross and we bask in its glory because on it God reveals Who He is…the Eternal Lover…and who we are…His beloved. Greater love than this no one has. Behold how much you are loved. Behold the Cross.

      In the Garden of Eden, the pure love between Creator and Creature was known and experienced intensely. The Scriptures tell us that God walked with Adam and Eve…and in the unimaginable love that He had for them, He provided them with paradise. Man and woman, created in the image and likeness of God Himself, were the crowns and pinnacles of all creation. Unable to accept that God would pour His love out on fleshly creatures formed from the dust of the earth, the Devil rebelled against God, rejected His love and His glory, and in His hatred and bitterness set out to destroy Adam and Eve. The cunning serpent, the evil one himself, tempted man and woman in disobedience to God. In the middle of their paradise garden, at the Tree of Life, the evil one conquered God’s beloved creation, robbing them of their splendor and glory, and created a chasm between God and man. Rejected and spurned by His own beloved, God could only seal His heavens from man and woman…for now bathed in sin they could not bathe in glory of God’s own life.

      But this would not be the end…far from it. Unable and unwilling to let mankind rot away in sin, God promised to send a Savior…one Who would redeem His people and set them free from the chains of sin they fashioned for themselves. Little did they know that this Savior, Who would come in the fullness of time, would not simply be a great and blessed man…but would be God Himself. God would become Man. He would become a part of creation. He would have bones and a heartbeat, just like us. He would cry and shed tears, just like us. He would experience hunger, fatigue, and loneliness…He would be able to smile at us and touch us and eat with us. Before our very eyes, though we did not know it, God was again in our midst, walking with us as He did in the Garden of Eden, preparing to undo what had been done.

      It had been the evil one who hung in the tree of life in the beautiful garden, waiting to tempt mankind. But in the forsaken garden of Calvary, on the Cross, the very tree of death, it was the God-man Who hung, waiting to save mankind. It had been the evil one who exalted himself as a master of wisdom, luring man and woman to him with his cunning words and persuasive ways. But it was God who humbled Himself as a slave and as a servant, drawing man and woman back to Him with His own self-sacrifice. It had been the evil one who, through disobedience, conquered life and brought death. But it was the God-man who, through complete obedience, conquered death and brought life. The saga of our salvation begins at a tree and it is brought to fulfillment at a tree. Behold the Cross.

      And so, as we go about our days, weighed down by the burdens of life or even distracted by its pleasures, let us not forget the Cross. Everywhere we go, it follows us…serving as a reminder of God’s great love and of His great sacrifice for us. And it calls us to itself…it calls us, as the One Who hung upon it calls us, to take up our own crosses and to die for the sake of love. The Cross calls us out of complacency…it calls us out of selfishness…it calls us to death of self so that we might live. Let us then ever glory in the Cross of Christ and bask in its great mystery all the days of our life.
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