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COMING HOME: WORKERS IN THE VINEYARD

Posted on Sep 22, 2017

25th Week in Ordinary Time
September 24 & 28 RCIA Session

SUNDAY'S READINGS
Isaiah 55:6-9
Psalm 145:2-3, 8-9, 17-18
Philippians 1:20-24, 27
Matthew 20:1-16

"Seek the Lord while he may be found, call to him while he is near.  ...'For my thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways my ways,' says the Lord."   -cf. Isaiah 55:6-9

"Jesus told his disciples this parable:  'The kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out at dawn to hire laborers for his vineyard.  After agreeing with them for the usual daily wage, he sent them into his vineyard.'"  -cf. Matthew 20:1-16

 

SCHEDULE:   RCIA Thursdays, 7-9 pm: ROOM LIST

  • Adults who wish to inquire about Catholic faith are welcome to meet every Thursday from 7:00-9:00 pm:  English-speaking adults meet in the Holy Family Room, Spanish-speaking in the St. Augustine Room.
  • This Thursday, all the Spanish-speaking families will begin in the Cafeteria together before dividing into smaller family groups - all the English-Speaking Families will go directly to Anne & Daniel's Office to meet for the evening.  These meetings will be led by the Shepherds.

 

FEASTS THIS WEEK: 

Wednesday, September 27 - St. Vincent de Paul;  Friday, September 29 - The Archangels, Michael, Gabriel & Rafael;   Saturday, September 30 - St. Jerome

 

PRACTICE THE FAITH:  BRINGING HOME THE LOST

  • For a few weeks we have been looking at our need for forgiveness - and our need to forgive.  We have also tried to comprehend God's great love for us - so great that it never ceases:  no matter how much we cut ourselves off from God and harm others, God is still willing to take us back.  This mercy is almost too much for us; it is hard to comprehend, and even harder to receive and give this vast 
  • This week we take a look at those who were hired to work in the Vineyard - and the "unjust" pay scale that God uses.  The practice this week is to bless yourself, and your children, every day.  

 

CONNECTIONS:  Understanding the Tradition

These are some questions for our reflection this week...

We know that Jesus came to bring back those who were lost and did not know their way to God.  What is your favorite image or Gospel story about Jesus coming to find the lost, and to bring them home?

What is "home" like for you?  Where do you find your home - not just your physical place of residence, but that place of peace and perfect calm where even storms can rage around you, but you are okay?  Has that changed over the years?

When have you experienced that God's ways are not your own ways, God's thoughts not your own thoughts?  What would it take to "make the mind of Christ your own "?

In the image of the Good Shepherd, Jesus goes out looking for his scattered sheep.  He binds there wounds, puts them on his shoulders and carries them home.  What do you think that sheep will do once it is home?  

This week's Gospel is a parable of the "Kingdom of Heaven" or the "Kingdom of God."  The Kingdom of God is our home where we live with God.  The owner, the King, calls us to go work in his vineyard.  What is this "work in the vineyard"?  What will be the reward for those who WORK?

Do you feel called to "work" in the vineyard?  What tasks will you be doing?  Who will be with you?  What will you receive?

How do PRAYER and the idea of HOME go together?

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