28th Sunday in Ordinary Time – October 15, 2017

Twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 142

 

Reading 1IS 25:6-10AOn this mountain the LORD of hosts will provide for all peoples a feast of rich food and choice wines, juicy, rich food and pure, choice wines.On this mountain he will destroy the veil that veils all peoples, the web that is woven over all nations; he will destroy death forever.The Lord GOD will wipe away the tears from every face; the reproach of his people he will removefrom the whole earth; for the LORD has spoken.On that day it will be said: “Behold our God, to whom we looked to save us! This is the LORD for whom we looked; let us rejoice and be glad that he has saved us!”For the hand of the LORD will rest on this mountain.
Responsorial Psalm PS 23:1-3A, 3B-4, 5, 6R. (6cd)
I shall live in the house of the Lord all the days of my life.The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.In verdant pastures he gives me repose; beside restful
I shall live in the house of the Lord all the days of my life.The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.In verdant pastures he gives me repose; beside restful waters he leads me; he refreshes my soul.R.
I shall live in the house of the Lord all the days of my life.He guides me in right paths for his name’s sake.Even though I walk in the dark valley I fear no evil; for you are at my side with your rod and your staff that give me courage.R. I shall live in the house of the Lord all the days of my life.You spread the table before me in the sight of my foes R.
I shall live in the house of the Lord all the days of my life.He guides me in right paths for his name’s sake.Even though I walk in the dark valley I fear no evil; for you are at my side with your rod and your staff that give me courage.R.
I shall live in the house of the Lord all the days of my life.You spread the table before me in the sight of my foes; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.R. I shall live in the house of the Lord all the days of my life.Only goodness and kindness follow me all the days of my life; and I shall dwell in the house of the LORDfor years to come.R.
I shall live in the house of the Lord all the days of my life.Reading 2PHIL 4:12-14, 19-20Brothers and sisters: I know how to live in humble circumstances; I know also how to live with abundance.In every circumstance and in all things I have learned the secret of being well fed and of going hungry, of living in abundance and of being in need.I can do all things in him who strengthens me.Still, it was kind of you to share in my distress.My God will fully supply whatever you need, in accord with his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.To our God and Father, glory forever and ever. Amen.
AlleluiaCF. EPH 1:17-18R.
Alleluia, alleluia.May the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ enlighten the eyes of our hearts, so that we may know what is the hope that belongs to our call.R. Alleluia, alleluia.
GospelMT 22:1-14
Jesus again in reply spoke to the chief priests and elders of the people in parables, saying,”The kingdom of heaven may be likened to a kingwho gave a wedding feast for his son.He dispatched his servants to summon the invited guests to the feast,but they refused to come.A second time he sent other servants, saying,’Tell those invited: “Behold, I have prepared my banquet, my calves and fattened cattle are killed,and everything is ready; come to the feast.”‘Some ignored the invitation and went away, one to his farm, another to his business.The rest laid hold of his servants, mistreated them, and killed them.The king was enraged and sent his troops,destroyed those murderers, and burned their city.Then he said to his servants, ‘The feast is ready,but those who were invited were not worthy to come.Go out, therefore, into the main roads and invite to the feast whomever you find.’The servants went out into the streets and gathered all they found, bad and good alike, and the hall was filled with guests.But when the king came in to meet the guests,he saw a man there not dressed in a wedding garment.The king said to him, ‘My friend, how is it that you came in here without a wedding garment?’But he was reduced to silence.Then the king said to his attendants, ‘Bind his hands and feet, and cast him into the darkness outside, where there will be wailing and grinding of teeth.’Many are invited, but few are chosen.”In his homily, Fr. Luis instructed us to interpret this gospel as an exaggerated story to make the points Jesus is trying to convey. All the characters are abnormal, from the murderous invitees to the king himself. But the meaning is the point: the lack of appreciation for God’s generosity, the sinful behavior that results from that lack of gratitude, and the disrespect to God are serious offenses. It is a difficult reading for our age and Fr. Luis urged us to look deeply into the reading for its true meaning.
Fr. Luis also encouraged us to be generous and helpful to the people who have been impacted by the tragic fires in our region.

Psalm 23 is a comforting psalm to be sure but all the more so when sung by the town shrink!
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Twenty-Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time – October 1, 2017

Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 136

Reading 1EZ 18:25-28

Thus says the LORD:
You say, “The LORD’s way is not fair!”
Hear now, house of Israel:
Is it my way that is unfair, or rather, are not your ways unfair?
When someone virtuous turns away from virtue to commit iniquity, and dies,
it is because of the iniquity he committed that he must die.
But if he turns from the wickedness he has committed,
and does what is right and just,
he shall preserve his life;
since he has turned away from all the sins that he has committed,
he shall surely live, he shall not die.

Responsorial PsalmPS 25:4-5, 6-7, 8-9

R. (6a) Remember your mercies, O Lord.
Your ways, O LORD, make known to me;
teach me your paths,
guide me in your truth and teach me,
for you are God my savior.
R. Remember your mercies, O Lord.
Remember that your compassion, O LORD,
and your love are from of old.
The sins of my youth and my frailties remember not;
in your kindness remember me,
because of your goodness, O LORD.
R. Remember your mercies, O Lord.
Good and upright is the LORD;
thus he shows sinners the way.
He guides the humble to justice,
and teaches the humble his way.
R. Remember your mercies, O Lord.

Reading 2 PHIL 2:1-11

Brothers and sisters:
If there is any encouragement in Christ,
any solace in love,
any participation in the Spirit,
any compassion and mercy,
complete my joy by being of the same mind, with the same love,
united in heart, thinking one thing.
Do nothing out of selfishness or out of vainglory;
rather, humbly regard others as more important than yourselves,
each looking out not for his own interests,
but also for those of others.

Have in you the same attitude
that is also in Christ Jesus,
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,
coming in human likeness;
and found human in appearance,
he humbled himself,
becoming obedient to the point of death,
even death on a cross.
Because of this, God greatly exalted him
and bestowed on him the name
which is above every name,
that at the name of Jesus
every knee should bend,
of those in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
and every tongue confess that
Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.

OrPHIL 2:1-5

Brothers and sisters:
If there is any encouragement in Christ,
any solace in love,
any participation in the Spirit,
any compassion and mercy,
complete my joy by being of the same mind, with the same love,
united in heart, thinking one thing.
Do nothing out of selfishness or out of vainglory;
rather, humbly regard others as more important than yourselves,
each looking out not for his own interests,
but also for those of others.

Have in you the same attitude
that is also in Christ Jesus.

AlleluiaJN 10:27

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
My sheep hear my voice, says the Lord;
I know them, and they follow me.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

GospelMT 21:28-32

Jesus said to the chief priests and elders of the people:
“What is your opinion?
A man had two sons.
He came to the first and said,
‘Son, go out and work in the vineyard today.’
He said in reply, ‘I will not, ‘
but afterwards changed his mind and went.
The man came to the other son and gave the same order.
He said in reply, ‘Yes, sir, ‘but did not go.
Which of the two did his father’s will?”
They answered, “The first.”
Jesus said to them, “Amen, I say to you,
tax collectors and prostitutes
are entering the kingdom of God before you.
When John came to you in the way of righteousness,
you did not believe him;
but tax collectors and prostitutes did.
Yet even when you saw that,
you did not later change your minds and believe him.”

 


Thank you to Fr. John _________________________, (apologies I did not catch the last name) from St. Elizabeth Seton in Rohnert Park who switched coverage for the week end masses with Fr. Luis.

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Fr. John’s homily focused on the gospel story of the two sons, reminding us that our prayers require action, otherwise there is danger the prayer is just for show. He recited a little limmerick

Mr. Business went to mass, he never missed a Sunday.

But Mr. Business went to hell, because of what he did on Monday!

Fr. John reminds us that it is not enough to pay a casual visit and say “have a nice day,” but that we must be compassionate and caring and act out the works of mercy required by our faith. He also reminded us that how we act in church should not be contradicted by how we act during the week.

He then told us a joke about a monastary which required silence. The Abbot decided to give the monks a day of being able to speak. During their usual practice of silence, they wore placards with spiritual sayings on them, but on the day they were allowed to speak a great deal of negative commentary was hear. “When you are at table, you eat like a pig. Thank God I can finally tell you that you are driving me crazy!” So the abbot made a placard on the following day saying “DO IT, damnit!”

Levity side, the story of the two sons is serious and we need each to look carefully in the mirror to make sure our church attendance is not hypocritical and that we bring a good example of Catholic virtue to our daily lives.


The Responsorial Psalm today was the beautiful Psalm 25. Here are excerpts from our choir.

Thank you to Choir Director Rebecca Brown and St. Elizabeth’s Choir who put so many hours of practice into preparing for our masses.