The agrarian parable of today’s gospel is poignant. We live in a beautiful farming community with fruit orchards, vineyards and verdant pastures which refer across the centuries to the “fields garmented with flocks and the valleys blanketed with grain” described in the Responsorial Psalm, Psalm 65. However, our stewardship for the land and for our spiritual life is dependent on how well we listen and see what God has given us. In the gospel of the sower of the seed, we are taught “This is why I speak in parabls, because they look but do not see and hear but do not listen or understand.” The evil one is clever at confusing and misleading the faithful and we are urged by Fr. Luis to increase our effort to understand, to truly listen and see as God wishes.
At the end of mass we had a delightful blessing of newly confirmed Lorna Marie Hasting’s dog, Jules. Although Fr. Luis told us he was once bitten by a dog while trying to bless it, Jules took the sprinkling of water in good form and we all joined in a prayer thanking God for the animals and asking for grace to be good stewards.
We must remind everyone it is less than two weeks until the 106th Monte Rio Variety Show. For the first time in 106 years, the show has released some of the names of the entertainers. They include
- 9 time Grammy Award Winner Ray Benson (Asleep at the Wheel)
- Another Grammy Award Winner Kit Brooks of Brooks & Dunn
- Grammy Award Winner song writer Tim Nichols (co-wrote “Live Like You Were Dying”
The Variety Show benefits the Monte Rio School Foundation, Monte Rio Fire Services and St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church. (See Dan Demer’s story “The Church the Bohemians Built.“)
Raffle prizes are fabulous: Dinner for 20 at the Union Hotel, Northwood Golf 1 year membership; River Rock Casino wine tasting and gambling package; Taste of Monte io gift package.Ticketsfotheaffle are 1 fo $5, 3 for $10 and 8 for $20. You need not be present to win.
The barbecue starts at 4:30, show starts at 6:30.
Admission tickets are $30.00 and after sold after masses in July or
The Monte Rio Variety Show website: www.MonterioShow.org.