Weekly Message

Rev. Leo M. Goodman III Pastor

September 21, 2014

My dear brothers and sisters in Christ,

This weekend we welcome Anne Costa, author, writer, and this year’s Parish Mission speaker! Each evening at 7:00 pm, beginning this Sunday night through Tuesday, Anne will be leading us closer to God’s love. Her theme is “Divine Courtship, How God woos us and wins our hearts.” Join us for our kickoff Tailgating Picnic. See details in this bulletin.

Did you know that Pope Saint John Paul the Great, loved the outdoors and nature? He once said, referring to creation, “Nature becomes a Gospel that speaks to us of God. For from the greatness and beauty of created things comes a corresponding perception of their Creator.” Join us as we head out to nature for our Camp Out and Campfire Mass, October 3-5. You’ll have a great time and gain a greater glimpse of our glorious Creator!

To gain an interesting perspective on today’s Gospel, it’s helpful to note that not only is Israel the vine of God, but the vineyard is Israel’s kingdom. With this background, those hired at dawn are the Israelites to whom God first offered His covenant. Those hired later in the day are the Gentiles who, until Christ, were strangers to the covenant. It was in His great generosity that God promised the same blessings or pay to the first called as to those called last.

The grumbling provoked by this story is reminiscent of Israel’s grumbling in the wilderness and very much like the grumbling of the older brother in Jesus’ Prodigal Son parable. No doubt, God’s thoughts and ways are not our thoughts and ways as we hear in today’s first reading. Clearly, we should resist the temptation to resent God’s lavish mercy. As a matter of fact, this should be a source of great rejoicing and consolation for us especially if we have loved ones who remain far from the vineyard. So, let us pray this week that we may remain faithful in our service to the vineyard, the kingdom. With gratitude to God for His mercy and generosity, may we conduct ourselves in a way worthy of the Gospel of Christ, as St. Paul instructs us today, and be of benefit in bringing all to the praise of His name.

Catechism Question of the Week: The Catechism speaks of the social life and sense of community of all people. In our role in this life, our first call is to A) Assist others in their social responsibility, B) Take charge of the areas for which one assumes personal responsibility, or C) Inspire others to participate in their communities (see CCC 1914)

With family, friends and those you meet, please discuss the following Question of the Week: Am I like one of these sons, and are there any commandments God the Father has given us that I have said no to or have struggled to keep?

In Christ’s Peace,

   Fr. Leo  
Rev. Leo M. Goodman III