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Twenty-fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time : September 21, 2014

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew 20: 1 – 16a

Gospel reading

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. Going out about nine o’clock, the landowner saw others standing idle in the marketplace, and he said to them, ‘You too go into my vineyard, and I will give you what is just.’ So they went off. And he went out again around noon, and around three o’clock, and did likewise. Going out about five o’clock, the landowner found others standing around, and said to them, ‘Why do you stand here idle all day?’ They answered, ‘Because no one has hired us.’ He said to them, ‘You too go into my vineyard.’ When it was evening the owner of the vineyard said to his foreman, ‘Summon the laborers and give them their pay, beginning with the last and ending with the first.’ When those who had started about five o’clock came, each received the usual daily wage. So when the first came, they thought that they would receive more, but each of them also got the usual wage. And on receiving it they grumbled against the landowner, saying, ‘These last ones worked only one hour, and you have made them equal to us, who bore the day’s burden and the heat.’ He said to one of them in reply, ‘My friend, I am not cheating you. Did you not agree with me for the usual daily wage? Take what is yours and go. What if I wish to give this last one the same as you? Or am I not free to do as I wish with my own money? Are you envious because I am generous?’ Thus, the last will be first, and the first will be last.”

Brief commentary

Today we read another disturbing parable, “the Workers in the Vineyard.” The message was hard for the original community and it is no less hard for us today. The landowner agreed to pay “the usual daily age” only to the first group. To the others who wage for someone who has merely worked one hour? The workers felt cheated, as we would today, in the face of what seemed an outrageous injustice. Yet, the parable ends with a poignant question, “Are you envious because I am generous?” There has been no injustice against those who worked all day, but an unbelievable generosity to those who arrived late. The resentment of the first group was caused by envy. This parable was probably addressed to those who criticized Jesus for welcoming sinners and tax collectors. In that setting, the parable is best entitled “the good employer.” The employer is God as revealed in Jesus and the parable is used to explain why Jesus preached the kingdom to both the pious and the lost sheep. If they accept his preaching, both groups will be granted an equal share in God’s kingdom.

Today’s reading offers three significant messages:

  • There is nothing we can do to “earn” God’s love, no matter how hard we work for it.
  • If we are really sure of the love of God for us, we will not mind inviting late arrivals to that same intimacy.
  • God’s mercy and generosity cannot be measured by human standards.

For our shared or personal reflection:

After a brief pause for silent reflection share your answers, ideas or feelings.

  • Have I ever complained because God was generous to others who in my opinion had not worked as hard as I have?
  • If my hard work does not gain me anything, why do it?

Suggested readings:
Catechism of the Catholic Church paragraphs 546; 1829; 2447; 2539-2540.

THE LORD IS PRESENT

A God who draws near out of love walks with His people, and this walk comes to an unimaginable point. We could never have imagined that the same Lord would become one of us and walk with us, be present with us, present in His Church, present in the Eucharist, present in His Word, present in the poor, He is present, walking with us. And this is closeness: the shepherd close to his flock, close to his sheep, whom he knows, one by one.
Pope Francis

Turn to the Lord for mercy; to our God, who is generous in forgiving.

— Isaiah 55: 7b

DAILY STEWARDSHIP REFLECTIONS

Lord, what do You want me to do with all the gifts you have given me including my time, my talents and my material things?

Lord, how would You like me to become more fully involved in the life of Your Church?

Lord, how would You like me to payback all the gifts You have given me?

Lord, what do You want me to do with all the gifts You have given me?


2014 ARCHBISHOP’S CHARITY AND DEVELOPMENT DRIVE

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BLOOD DRIVE

Sunday, September 21st

The Community Blood Centers of South Florida will be at St. Agnes Auditorium collecting blood donations, from

  8:30 am - 3:30 pm
  5:00 pm - 10:00 pm on September 21st 2014.

Remember you can save up to 4 lives when donating blood. If you are healthy, share the gift of life. On January 19th, 2014 we had the last Blood Drive. On that date 65 pints were collected. Our deep gratitude to all the donors.

WHITE ELEPHANT SALE

The St. Agnes Rosary Altar Society is having the annual
“White Elephant Sale”
To be held next weekend (September 27th and 28th) after all Masses.

Come to the Parish Hall and find many treasures to choose from such as:
  Ornaments,
  Jewelry,
  House hold items, many other treasures.

YOUTH GROUP NEWS

Youth Group began the meetings every Wednesday from 7:30pm-9:00pm in Albertson Hall. All 8th - 12th Graders are invited to join us for food, fellowship, fun and faith sharing.

Follow all of the Youth Group happenings:
@stakbYG — Twitter

CATECHISM

Registration Time Continues!!!!

We continue exhorting our parishioners with children in grades Kindergarten to 8th to register them to receive Religious Education. Our office is located at the Pastoral Center and it is open from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm From Monday to Thursday. Friday will be open from 8:30 am to 2:00 pm.

For more information call our office, (305) 361-1378.

SCHOOL NEWS

St. Agnes Academy recently held the Student Council elections.

The following students were elected for office:
President - Chloe Labrada,
Vice President - Serge Du Lau D'Allemans,
Treasurer - Laura Noyes, and
Secretary - Victoria Olarra.

Show your support for St. Agnes Academy by purchasing an ad in the 2015 Yearbook! You can place an ad for your business, or dedicate an ad to the special people in your life. Best of all, your ads are tax deductible! Thanks for your support!

Humor Corner

Noah’s Ark

One: Don’t miss the boat .
Two: Remember that we are all in the same boat.
Three: Plan ahead. It wasn’t raining when Noah built the Ark.
Four: Stay fit. When you’re 60 years old, someone may ask you to do something really big.
Five: Don’t listen to critics; just get on with the job that needs to be done.
Six: Build your future on high ground.
Seven: For safety’s sake, travel in pairs.
Eight: Speed isn't always an advantage. The snails were on board with the cheetahs.
Nine: When you’re stressed, float awhile.
Ten: Remember, the Ark was built by amateurs; the Titanic by professionals.
Eleven: No matter the storm, when you are with God, there’s always a rainbow waiting.