A Reflection From Fr. Gerry,
The parable I have just read is probably one of the lesser known parables of Jesus. It did not take me long to proclaim it, but brief through it was, like all of his parables, it does have a message.
First, it is important to note that he tells this parable to the political and religious leaders of his time. The question he put to them was, “Which of the two sons carried out the will of the Father?” Sometimes we concern ourselves a lot about carrying out the will of the Father. Do we really know what it means? Sometimes it sounds a bit complex for people to understand. The parable seems to suggest that carrying the will of the Father is rather simple. The father instructed his two sons to go and work in the vineyard, nothing complicated about that. Jesus wasn’t teaching theology here. He seems to be saying that the will of God can be as simple and real and down to earth as helping an old person cross the street, visiting a sick person, forgiving a wrong, raising a family; though that may not be too easy at times, but rewarding, praying for someone who needs a prayer, doing an honest days work for an honest days pay, helping a poor person and the list goes on.
So, the question is, how do we carry out the will of God as a faith community? One of the things I noticed very quickly at St. Anne’s was that this is a tithing community. We have a list of reputable charities that we tithe to every month that help the poor locally and globally. We also have an active Christian Service that helps local needy which has become even more important now because of the pandemic. I had nothing to do with any of this, it was all in place here when I came. I was so please to see that! It is so crucial to get this part of the gospel right and it goes a very long way in carrying out the will of the Father.
To get back to the Gospel text, where I mentioned that he presented the parable to the religious and political leaders of this time and then he shocked them by telling them that tax collectors and prostitutes were entering the Kingdom of Heaven before them. We also remember that Jesus said, “Not everyone who says, Lord, Lord, shall enter the Kingdom of Heaven, but rather those who carry out the will of the Father.” What all of this means is that it is not enough to talk the talk, we must also walk the walk. Carrying out the will of God is not difficult. Perhaps St. Mother Theresa said it best when she said, “We may not be called to do great things, but we can all do small things well and with great love.”
May God go with you!
READINGS FOR SEPTEMBER 27th, 2020
26th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
1st Reading—Ezekiel 18: 25-28—The Lord spoke through Ezekiel, “Hear now, house of Israel:…If he turns from the wickedness he has committed, and does what is right and just, he shall preserve his life.”
Psalm 25: 4-5, 6-7, 8-9—“Remember your mercies, O Lord.”
2nd Reading—Philippians 2: 1-11—Paul quoted an ancient hymn: “Who, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God something to be grasped. Rather, he emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Because of this, God exalted him and bestowed on him the name which is above every other name.”
Alleluia! My sheep hear my voice, says the Lord; I know them, and they follow me. Alleluia!
Gospel—Matthew 21: 28-32—Jesus said that outcasts enter God’s reign because of faith but not the righteous who lack repentance: “Tax collectors and prostitutes are entering the kingdom of God before you.”
PRAYERS OF THE FAITHFUL
1) Let us pray for the Church:
God, we are your people, united in Christ’s love. Strengthen believers who are weak in spirit and bring back those who have lost their way.
2) Let us pray for those who teach God’s Word:
Jesus, you entrust the Good News to us. Bless our catechists, teachers, and those who assist them. Open the hearts of all to receive the message.
3) Let us pray for peace in our world:
Father of the human family, bring healing to those displaced by ethnic
strife and war. May we all find the way of peace together.
4) Let us pray for the sick:
Compassionate Lord, show mercy to our brothers and sisters in pain,
and bless those who care for them. We remember especially —
Holly Francis Tony & Betty Morici Marge Park Elena Perea
Dolores Cumming Cooper Pavkovich Mark Bogues Jim Kelty
Dot Tebelman Alex Fabian Family Andrew Arnoldy
Barabara Rebnnack Gunnar Ottman (new Army recruit) Andy, Tom & Ron Rubin
Renee Thompson John Zubalik
And for all who have asked for our prayers.
5) Let us remember the dead:
Raise up those humbled by death, O Jesus, and grant eternal life to
our loved ones, especially — Anna McAuliffe, mother of Jim and…
(5:00 Mass) Ken Fetzer
(8:30 Mass) Shari Westphal
(10:30 Mass) Fr. Stephen Rooney
6) Let us pray for our personal needs in silence: (PAUSE)
As the season changes, O Lord, fill us with joy and thanksgiving.
Strengthen us all in your love and give us a blessed autumn.
We pray to the Lord…
ANNOUNCEMENTS – September 27, 2020
- This CROP Walk will take place next Sunday, October 4th, with registration beginning at 1:00 at the Ortonville United Methodist Church in the village. Next week please stop by the CROP Walk table after Mass to sign up to walk or to make a donation. Maps for the walk and directions are also available there. We remind you that 25% of the money raised will come back to support the Emergency Food Pantry here in Ortonville.
- High School Youth Group will start in-person gatherings on Wed., Oct. 7th 7-9 p.m. at Crossman’s park for a picnic. All other Wed. night gatherings will be in Hardy Hall following all CDC and AOD safety guidelines. We hope you can join us, feel free to call Kim with any questions.
- Next Saturday, October 3rd, our quilting and crafting group will meet in Solanus Hall at 10 a.m.
- Next Sunday, October 4th at 12 p.m. we are offering a blessing of the animals in honor of the Feast day of St. Francis of Assisi. This should give those who attend 10:30 Mass time to go home and get their animals.