Twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time – Oct. 12, 2014

Pastor’s Desk

These days, people are getting very creative when they don’t want to go to work.  According to one survey, more than one-third of U.S. workers say they played hooky from work over the last 12 months.  Twenty percent of workers say they called into work because they just didn’t feel like going into the office that day.  In fact, only 38 percent of unscheduled absences are due to personal illness, while 62 percent are for other reasons, including family issues, personal needs, and stress, among others.

So this weekend I have Top 10 list to share, as reported in the survey, this one listing some of the most unusual excuses workers gave to their employers for missing work.

Number 10:           I was sprayed by a skunk

Number 9:             I tripped over my dog and was knocked unconscious

Number 8:             I forgot to come back to work after lunch.

Number 7:             I couldn’t find my shoes

Number 6:             I was spit on by a venomous snake.

Number 5:             I totaled my car in a collision with a cow.

Number4:              A hit man was looking for me.

Number 3:             I eloped.

Number 2:             My brain went to sleep and I couldn’t wake it up.

And the Number 1 excuse:  My cat unplugged the alarm clock!

Now those are what I call some creative excuses! But many, if not all seem to be lacking something and that something is the truth!  In Luke’s account of the parable of the great banquet, we read, “But they all alike began to make excuses [Luke14:18].

Today’s parable clearly suggests that the invited guests did not actually refuse the king’s invitation.  They merely find reasons to procrastinate and make excuses for coming late.  The invited guests seem to decide that their arrival can be put off for a few hours. In their view the feast that had been prepared for them could wait.

In the matter of our invitation into the kingdom of God, the truth is, our presence is urgently requested.  There can be no excuses! There can be not putting it off!  The time is now! The banquet that God has prepared cannot wait! And in answering the call, should you ever feel the urge to procrastinate, I have not ten, but just one thing to say: I hope and pray that you never get around to it!


Fr. Luis


News: Fr. Robert Barron announced that his WORD ON FIRE YouTube channel has passed the ten million views mark. He is celebrating with a give away of DVDs and books at 

It’s a beautiful time to visit the wine country!  The harvest crush season is ending and the wineries are able to visit with you, the vineyards will reach peak color in a week or so. The photo below is from a vineyard on River Road, which is the road you will take from Hwy 101 to reach Guerneville. In addition to St. Elizabeth’s and the two mission churches in Monte Rio and Cazadero, there are two other nearby churches, St. Teresa of Avila in Bodega Bay, and St. Philip’s in Occidental.

Roller Coaster Hill along River Road at Harvest
Roller Coaster Hill along River Road at Harvest

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