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.

 

 

 

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