Page 1. REFLECTIONS; THE TALE OF UNMERITED GIFT
Page 2. ST. PETERS CATHOLIC CHURCH BULLETIN: 25TH. SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME, 9/20/20.
TWENTY-FIFTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME: YEAR A.
(Is.55:6-9; Phil. 1:20-24, 27; Mt. 20:1-16)
THEME: THE TALE OF UNMERITED GIFT
BY REV. FR. ANSELM CHIGOZIE AMADI
INTRODUCTION: Gods ways and thoughts are quite different from ours. Humans operate with the parameter of justice that gives only what is due to a person. Again, our standard of wage is commensurate with input and output. But God relates with us on the basis of grace which finds expression in his extravagant generosity. If God were to deal with us on the basis of justice, no one would be saved.
DIFFERENT GROUPS OF BELIEVERS: In the different groups of hired workers we can observe the different classes of believers that populate the church. St. Louis De Montfort identifies different types of devotees in the book: The True Devotion to Mary. Among others, only two suit our interest here; namely, interested and disinterested devotees. Interested devotees are those that seek God from the motive of self-interest. Simply put, they seek God for what God can do for them. These are false devotees. In the dialogue of Saint Catherine of Siena, Christ calls this group mercenary Christians. They complain when their desire fails to come by, and in the process grow cold in their devotion. They are wanting in pure love of God.
On the contrary, disinterested devotees are those who serve God, not from the motive of self interest, but only seek to do his will. Those in this group serve God, not for any gain but exclusively because he deserves to be served and is worthy of love.
Observe that the first group was hired on contract basis, with a clearly spelt out wage. They went to work with a target in view: days wage. It could be said that this first group of laborers worked for gain. They could be taken to represent interested devotees. Those are Christians who serve God chiefly from the motive of self-interest. Likewise, many Christians serve God from the motive of fear and hope; that is, fear of punishment or hope of material and spiritual gain. This motive is not bad, but imperfect.
There is on the contrary, a more perfect motive that is inspired chiefly by the love of God, the desire to please him and readiness to do his will. This is what distinguishes the first group of hired workers from the subsequent ones. The first group has an eye on their own advantage. No one should seek his own will in working for God.
THE LAST GROUP: When the landowner met the last group, he only ordered them to go into the vineyard without any specified contract terms. These men obediently and quietly went into the vineyard without hesitation. They were not motivated by any gain, since none was agreed upon. They represent the right disposition for the service of God. They want nothing and love nothing except God himself. They did not set their eyes on any gain but on the glory and honor of God, and that his gracious will be accomplished.
These people found peace in working for no gain but abandoned themselves to the will of the master. They work in the vineyard of God for no other purpose but to do the will of God. Like Christ, their food is to do the will of God (Jn. 4:34).
THE FIRST WILL BE THE LAST: In the economy of salvation, the law came first and grace came at last. The first comers were the Jews while gentiles were later arrivals. The Jews sought salvation through the works of the law; while in the order of grace, salvation is by faith working through love. Those who try to earn the gift of salvation will be disappointed, but those who seek God in faith and love will be fulfilled.
Also, between Esau and Jacob the evidence of first will be the last is made manifest. Esau was the first in the order of law and nature. He worked by hunting to earn the fathers blessing but came back disappointed. In this case he represents the pharisaic Jews. Jacob obtained the blessing and took the first position, not by work. He was simply dressed in the garment of his senior brother; a type of the grace of Christ, the eldest of the many brothers (Rom. 8:29). This foreshadowed what was to come in the order of grace.
CONCLUSION: The denarius, which was paid to the hired workers like any other coin, bore the imprint or image of the king; that is to say, the image and likeness of God. This is the highest gift ever. It is the gift of salvation, which consists in possessing God forever. God alone is enough for the soul. Those who complained after receiving this great gift were those who served God with ulterior motive. We risk our salvation by doing so.
25th Sunday in Ordinary Time
September 20, 2020
9/20/20 thru 9/25/20
9:00am. Sanchez Family.
11:00am. +Violet Baca Mills.
WEEKDAY MASS INTENTIONS:
9:00am. +Steve & Marie Tevens.
9:00am. +Dr. Robert Cospito.
9:00am. +David Copeland.
9:00am. +Tom & Annabel Jeffrey.
9:00am. Marie Funk.
FINANCIAL REPORT FROM WEEK 9/13/2020
YOUR GIFTS TO THE LORD:
Sunday Offering .. $1392.12
Childrens Fund ... N/A
Capital Fund $3740.00
Other ... $193.60
General Fund: .. .$1551.27
Capital Fund: ...$00.00
Childrens Fund: $00.00
The Quarterly Financial Report is Available in
The Church Office for Review
Church Secretary; Eileen Furman
Office Telephone: 928-333-4423
Please contact Monica Boehning at 333-5539 for prayer requests. Leave a message if no answer, include your name and phone number, with info.
THIS WEEK PLEASE PRAY FOR:
Jason Pittman, Eileen Tyrrell, Rebeka Talbot,
Charles Rand, Roxanne Chavez, Ricky Barraza,
Lily Hill, Susie Apodaca, Confie LeSuer,
Pat & Victor Rubalcaba, Bernice Chavez,
Maria Morales,Teresa Barbier, Richard Pena,
Clara Archuletta, Judy Bragg, Dolores Jackson,
Jessica Williams, Eva Orona,
Sophie Montoya, Joe Tapia,
Juanito Quevedo, Krystna Kocol,
Irene Moya, Lydia Gonzalez.
Gift Shop is open every Sunday after the
9:00 am Mass or Contact;
Dean Smith at 928-853-6307
Weekdays from 7:45am-8:45am and
Tuesday and during daily mass times.
CALENDAR OF WEEKLY EVENTS:
Due to COVID
Baptism Preparation Classes to be Determined.
Sacrament of Reconciliation:
Rosary before Mass.
CCD classes after 9:00am Mass.
ENGLISH MASS, 9:00am
SPANISH MASS: 11:00am
Rosary before mass.
C.C.D. Classes 4:00pm.
RCIA Classes: 7:00pm.
Spanish Choir Practice, 7:00pm 8:30pm.
Rosary before mass.
6:30pm English Choir practice in church
Rosary before mass.
7:00pm Baptism classes in Spanish, 2nd Thursday
of the month.
Rosary before mass.
7:00pm Stations of the Cross every Friday During Lent.
Eucharistic Adoration; First Friday of the Month.
St. Helena Parish, Alpine, Az.
Mass 4:00 pm
Rev. Fr. Anselm Amadi
Rectory Telephone: 928-333-4707
Lora Harrison - (928) 333-0148
Esmerelda Ontiveros - (928) 812-0049
Ed Fritz - (928) 333-5919
Altar Servers: Tasheena James .
Charles Rand . .. .(928) 333-3541
Church Cleaning: Vacant.
Funeral Director: Diane Fritz .(928) 333-5919
Lectors: Mary DiFilippo . .(928) 333-3338
Music Director: Bob Dyson . (928) 333-2809
RCIA: Deacon Jorge Campos .(928) 333-2150
Religious Ed. Devon Ditmore .(928) 333-0148
Ushers: Jim Morrison ...(928) 333-0928
Sacristans: Elizabeth Ketring, ...(928) 551-6003
St. Vincent De Paul Org ..(928) 333-4879
Prayer Tree: Monica Boehning .. (928) 333-5539
MINISTRY SCHEDULES FOR September 27th.
9:00am. No Servers Assigned
Due to Phase One
9:00am. Brooke Becker.
11:00am. To be appt.
9:00am. No Eucharist Ministers
Assigned Due to
Phase One Reopening.
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Holy Fathers Prayer Intention:
RESPECT FOR THE PLANETS RESOURCES
We pray that the planets resources will not be plundered,
but shared in a just and respectful manner.
· R.C.I.A. CLASS OF 2020: Reception of the Sacrament of Confirmation will occur on Sunday 9/27/2020 at the 9:00am Mass.
· VORTEX OPTICS RAFFLE FOR NEW RECTORY FUND: Ticket Sales are completed. The drawing will occur today Sunday, September 20, 2020 immediately following the 9:00am mass.
We wish to thank Craig Shepherd for his hard work, dedication and leadership in completing this project.
· GOOD SHEPHERDS PRIESTS RETIREMENT COLLECTION: Donations are gratefully accepted through 9/30/2020. As you prayerfully consider your donation please note the following facts:
o There are approximately 30 active Diocesan priests in our Diocese who will have no, or very little, retirement support by 2030.
o There is no designated home for retired clergy in the Diocese of Gallup.
o Every cent of this Collection will go to the support of these priests who have spent their lives in service to their flock and parishioners.
§ Please deposit your special envelope along with your regular donation in the Sunday 1st collection or mail to the Church office at PO Box 1566, Springerville, AZ 85938.
§ We wish to thank all who have already submitted their donation.
o Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 10:00am-1:00pm
o For questions related to St. Vincents please call their direct line at: (928)-333-4879
· THE TOWN OF SPRINGERVILLE COMMUNITY Services Department provides service for the residents of Springerville, Eagar, Alpine, Nutrioso and Greer.
o RESOURCES are Available for times of challenge:
§ Many support services are available.
§ For further information please call the Community Services Department at
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