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Patrick Hopkins, Mary Gillen, Ernest Pankhurst
Mary Martin, Ronald Beverly, Michael Maguire
John Langford, Margaret O'Connell, Allan White
Thomas Weldon, Thomas Powell, Ann Morea
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May they rest in Peace
Jesus has to defend himself against the spitefulness of those who chide him for his preference for the poor, the outcasts and sinners. He tells the parable of the labourers in the vineyard in order to justify himself, drawing attention to how God acts in relation to his people.
The Book of The Prophet Isaiah is an edited composition of many sources. This final section of the material directly links the mystery and power of God with forgiveness. The presence of God who is ‘still to be found’ and ‘still very near’ is an opportunity for repentance and conversion.
This passage is introductory: Paul is writing as a prisoner who is probably condemned to death; this is the context for his dramatic dilemma between living and dying for Christ. The choice proposed is not a real one but rather a reflection on a conflict of desires within the Apostle himself.
The parable of the labourers in the vineyard does not correspond with normal human behaviour or perceived justice. Instead, it again reiterates the Gospel dictum that God’s ways are not our ways. It is the abundant generosity of God that reverses human expectations. The disciple of Christ who seeks to follow his master’s example is called to reflect that same generosity of spirit by not being envious of those who gain from the freely-
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Kevin Abedi, Joanne McCann
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Michael Clements, Eileen Pinner
In Neighbouring Parishes
Seek the Lord while he is still to be found, call to him while he is still near. Let the wicked man abandon his way, the evil man his thoughts. Let him turn back to the Lord who will take pity on him, to our God who is rich in forgiving; for my thoughts are not your thoughts, my ways not your ways – it is the Lord who speaks. Yes, the heavens are as high above earth as my ways are above your ways, my thoughts above your thoughts.
Christ will be glorified in my body, whether by my life or by my death. Life to me, of course, is Christ, but then death would bring me something more; but then again, if living in this body means doing work which is having good results – I do not know what I should choose. I am caught in this dilemma: I want to be gone and be with Christ, which would be very much the better, but for me to stay alive in this body is a more urgent need for your sake. Avoid anything in your everyday lives that would be unworthy of the gospel of Christ.
Jesus said to his disciples: ‘The kingdom of heaven is like a landowner going out at daybreak to hire workers for his vineyard. He made an agreement with the workers for one denarius a day, and sent them to his vineyard. Going out at about the third hour he saw others standing idle in the market place and said to them, “You go to my vineyard too and I will give you a fair wage.” So they went. At about the sixth hour and again at about the ninth hour, he went out and did the same. Then at about the eleventh hour he went out and found more men standing round, and he said to them, “Why have you been standing here idle all day?” “Because no one has hired us” they answered. He said to them, “You go into my vineyard too.” In the evening, the owner of the vineyard said to his bailiff, “Call the workers and pay them their wages, starting with the last arrivals and ending with the first.” So those who were hired at about the eleventh hour came forward and received one denarius each. When the first came, they expected to get more, but they too received one denarius each. They took it, but grumbled at the landowner. “The men who came last” they said “have done only one hour, and you have treated them the same as us, though we have done a heavy day’s work in all the heat.” He answered one of them and said, “My friend, I am not being unjust to you; did we not agree on one denarius? Take your earnings and go. I choose to pay the last comer as much as I pay you. Have I no right to do what I like with my own? Why be envious because I am generous?” Thus the last will be first, and the first, last.’
Twenty Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Sunday 24th September