September 21, 2014

25th Sun., Ordinary Time

September 21, 2014:  25th Sunday in Ordinary Time

  • 'Phone' tie pin: "Call the Lord while he's near" (1st reading); "The Lord is near to all who call upon him." (psalm)
  • 'Grapes' pin:  Landowner hired laborers for his vineyard (gospel)
  • Red music tie:  Korean martyrs (yesterday's memorial celebrated today at our parish)
  • 'Clocks' tie:  Landowner hired laborers at dawn, 9am, noon, 3pm, and 5pm.  (I was going to wear this before I remembered our Korean martyrs celebration; see here.)
  • Green shirt:  Ordinary Time season
When you listen to the SF Congress Mass attentively,
you'll hear Matt on flute, Eric on mandolin,
and me on melodion, accordion, and piano.
Pope Francis

To Albania youth:  Build your lives on Christ: the one who builds on Christ builds on rock, because he is always faithful, even if we sometimes lack faith (cf. 2 Tim. 2:13).  Jesus knows us better than anyone else; when we sin, he does not condemn us but rather says to us, “Go and sin no more”.  With Gospel power and the martyrs' example, say no to the idolatry of money, to individualism, addiction and violence, and ; to say yes to a culture of encounter and solidarity, beauty inseparable from the good and the true, enthusiasm, and faithfulness.  May Mary, Our Lady of Good Counsel guide you to walk with God towards hope that does not delude.

Albania homily:  Jesus called 72 disciples and sent them to announce God's Kingdom.  To share God's love, he formed a community of disciples and trained them to go out on mission by visiting homes and preaching starting with “Peace to this house!”,  both greeting and gift.  The mission of the 72 reflects the Christian community’s missionary experience: the Lord sends the whole Church to announce the Gospel to everyone, even when the message isn't accepted.  Albania was a land of martyrs.  

Each baptized person must announce the Gospel, witness charity, strengthen solidarity, and cultivate hope.  Nourish yourselves on God's Word, open your hearts to Christ, and demonstrate from your bright faith that encounter with Christ gives meaning to life.  Bring vitality to your pastoral activities and make the Church present; respond generously to Christ, offering yourselves to serve God and others!  Many await the light of the Gospel!

More:  Religious coexistence and collaboration is a precious gift

  • Is 55:6-9  Seek the Lord; call him.  Turn to the Lord; he's generous in forgiving. Lord:  My thoughts and ways are far above yours.
    Christ will be magnified in my body
    (Phil 1:20)
  • Ps 145:2-3, 8-9, 17-18  "The Lord is near to all who call upon him."  I praise you forever.  The Lord is great, good, compassionate, just, holy, and near.
  • Phil 1:20c-24, 27a  Christ will be magnified in my body.  I long to depart this life and be with Christ, but I need to stay alive for your benefit.  Conduct yourselves worthy of the gospel.
  • Mt 20:1-16a  “Kingdom is like landowner who hired laborers at dawn, 9am, noon, 3pm, and 5pm, then paid them the same.  Are you envious because I'm generous?  The last will be first and the first last.”
    • Creighton:  We want to be first/ahead, but envy wastes time and energy.  God’s love is with me wherever I am, first or last; may I do my best and be thankful for what I have.
    • One Bread One Body:  "The harvest is plenty but laborers are few" (Mt 9:37) sounds funny when now 100s apply for one job.  Be "on call" slaves of Christ; it's a privilege.
    • Passionist:  If the Kingdom is being with God forever and I'm in the presence of a loving God, would I care if people came after or before me?  May I work for the Kingdom's sake and be ready whenever God calls me home.
    •  God is generous in opening his kingdom to all who will enter.  Do I work and live with cheerfulness and diligence for God?  How do I give to those in need?

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