Thursday, September 21, 2017
Monday, September 18, 2017
TWENTY-FIFTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
SEPTEMBER 24, 2017
GOSPEL READING: MATTHEW 20:1–16A
The kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out at dawn to hire laborers for his vineyard. After agreeing with them for the usual daily wage, he sent them into his vineyard. Going out about nine o’clock, the landowner saw others standing idle in the marketplace, and he said to them, ‘You too go into my vineyard, and I will give you what is just.’ So they went off. And he went out again around noon, and around three o’clock, and did likewise. Going out about five o’clock, the landowner found others standing around, and said to them, ‘Why do you stand here idle all day?’ They answered, ‘Because no one has hired us.’ He said to them, ‘You too go into my vineyard.’ When it was evening the owner of the vineyard said to his foreman, ‘Summon the laborers and give them their pay, beginning with the last and ending with the first.’ When those who had started about five o’clock came, each received the usual daily wage. So when the first came, they thought they would receive more, but each of them also got the usual wage. And on receiving it they grumbled against the landowner, saying, ‘These last ones worked only one hour, and you have made them equal to us, who bore the day’s burden and the heat.’ He said to one of them in reply, ‘My friend, I am not cheating you. Did you not agree with me for the usual daily wage? Take what is yours and go. What if I wish to give this last one the same as you? Or am I not free to do as I wish with my own money? Are you envious because I am generous?’ Thus, the last will be first, and the first will be last.”
Put yourself in the parable. It’s the end of the workday. The owner calls all of the workers together and hands out the day’s pay. You notice that everyone gets exactly the same amount—those who have worked all day and those who arrived just a few minutes ago. How does that make you feel about the owner? How does that make you feel about your fellow workers? Are you tempted to say something? Does this make you want to work for this owner in the future? Why or why not?
This week, end each day recalling all the gifts that God has given you and thank him for his presence and generosity in your life. Then spend some time in prayer for those who are in need and ask God to pour his generosity upon them.
Friday, September 15, 2017
Over the years churches have been known to broadcast live Masses (as well as pre-recorded Masses) on local and network TV channels — the first televised Mass went out from Boston, in 1949 and the Vatican’s Christmas Mass has been broadcast live every year since the first, Europe-limited broadcasts of the 1950’s — but with the introduction of the internet the possibilities have only increased.
Catholic broadcasting networks such as EWTN and Catholic TV make it possible to watch Mass on a daily basis through their YouTube channels. This allows the homebound and sick, or even non-Catholics curious about the Mass, to participate in the Holy Sacrifice from anywhere in the world. They can view it from their computer, TV, or phone, and engage spirituality in the Mass being celebrated elsewhere.
In the Archdiocese of Louisville, the Mass of the Air is televised on Sundays in Louisville at 7 a.m. on WBKI-TV (channel 28), at 10:30 a.m. on WHAS-TV (channel 11) and at 6:30 p.m. on the Faith Channel. (Spectrum channel 19). In Campbellsville and Bowling Green, respectively, Mass of the Air is televised at 10 a.m., on (Spectrum channel 7 ) and on WNKY-TV (channel 40). Mass of the Air is sponsored solely by private donations.
Participating in Mass online is never a replacement for the Mass in person and does not fulfill the Sunday obligation. However, if someone is homebound or sick at the hospital, it provides an opportunity to participate in and be consoled by the Mass and still reap spiritual fruit.
Recently churches have been exploring other possibilities, not only offering live feeds of Mass, but also video streams that originate from their churches and Perpetual Adoration chapels. The Holy Spirit Adoration Sisters seem to have been the first to do this, offering a live feed from their monastic choir. On YouTube, Adorecast is one of many live channels where one can — in a spirit of sincere devotion — check in day or night to spend some time in Adoration before Jesus in the Eucharist.
While these digital alternatives can never fully compare to in-person participation, they do offer a unique opportunity for those who desire to see Jesus in the Eucharist, but for various circumstances are unable to do so at their local church.
In an age when crimes are being captured on Facebook live video, it is beautiful to see technology being used to broadcast the Word of God himself.
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Thursday, September 14, 2017
SEPTEMBER 17, 2017
GOSPEL READING: MATTHEW 18:21-35
Peter approached Jesus and asked him, “Lord, if my brother sins against me, how often must I forgive? As manyas seven times?” Jesus answered, “I say to you, not seven times but seventy-seven times. That is why the kingdom of heaven may be likened to a king who decided to settle accounts with his servants. When he began the accounting, a debtor was brought before him who owed him a huge amount. Since he had no way of paying it back,his master ordered him to be sold, along with his wife, his children,and all his property, in payment of the debt. At that, the servant fell down, did him homage, and said, ‘Be patient with me, and I will pay you back in full.’ Moved with compassion the master of that servant let him go and forgave him the loan. When that servant had left,he found one of his fellow servants who owed him a much smaller amount. He seized him and started to choke him, demanding, ‘Pay back what you owe.’ Falling to his knees, his fellow servant begged him, ‘Be patient with me, and I will pay you back.’ But he refused. Instead, he had the fellow servant put in prison until he paid back the debt. Now when his fellow servants saw what had happened, they were deeply disturbed, and went to their master and reported the whole affair. His master summoned him and said to him, ‘You wicked servant! I forgave you your entire debt because you begged me to.
Should you not have had pity on your fellow servant, as I had pity on you?’ Then in anger his master handed him over to the torturers until he should pay back the whole debt. So will my heavenly Father do to you, unless each of you forgives your brother from your heart.”
We all know that we have sinned. As you think about your life, and areas where you have failed to do the good you know you could have done, imagine Jesus reaching out and saying to you, “My dear Servant, I have paid this debt for you. It is completely erased, taken off my Father’s books. It is no longer held against you. As the Father has forgiven you, now, go and do the same to anyone who has harmed or offended you.” As you consider this, offer your own prayer of gratitude to the Lord.
Is there someone you need to forgive? Set aside some time this week to spend before the Blessed Sacrament either in an Adoration Chapel if your parish has one or before or after Sunday Mass thanking Jesus for having paid the debt of your sins and asking for the grace to forgive those who have sinned against you.