Parent Teacher Talk



25th Sunday

of Ordinary Time


September 24, 2023




Gospel of Matthew


Mt 20:1-16








A Reading from the Book of the Prophet Isaiah



Sir 27:30---28:9


The exile in Babylon was experienced as God's punishment for Israel's sins. Israel had deserved to be abandoned by God. Now the prophet promises that freedom is at hand. Why? Because of Israels "good works" in exile? No, because of God's generosity only! " For my thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways my ways, says the Lord. "

God does not owe the repentant scoundrel a thing. A sinner must return to God for mercy, and God forgives because he is generous. "The Lord is gracious and merciful" introduces the Gospel theme on God's generosity.



The Responsorial Psalm is that that we put our trust in Jesus because of his love and kindness and that he has done great things for us, so we should be filled with joy and love for him and to be like him.

in your self-giving. He raises up the lowly from the dust; from the dunghill he lifts up the poor. Our help is from the Lord, who made heaven and earth. The Lord hears the cry of the poor!





A Reading, From the Letter of Saint Paul to the Philippians



Phil 1:20c-24,27a


Paul wrote the letter to the Philippians, from which this reading is taken, while he was in prison in Ephesus, where he faced the possibility of a death penalty for preaching the Gospel. "For to me life in Christ." Let us listen to the advice of this great apostle: " Conduct yourselves in a way worthy of the gospel of Christ."



In the Gospel of Matthew


Mt 20:1-16




In the previous chapter Matthew has our Lord discussing the conditions for a person to be saved. It is difficult for rich people since they feel so easily self-sufficient. The same was true in Jesus' time. It was not the well-established who responded most willingly to Jesus' ministry but the outcasts, prostitutes, and collaborators with the Romans. And Jesus paid more attention to them than to "respectable people" who thought that God owed them salvation because of their obedience to the Law of Moses.

The parable, definitely not a lesson in labor relations, challenges this "more effort-- more recompense" conception in religion, God does not owe salvation to anyone, even though this same misconception may still be alive in our day. It is a generous free gift. Note that rewards are not denied, but they should be wielded as a key to open the gate of the kingdom of heaven.




Newsy Notes

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Deacon Bob Brazier, CRE




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REMEMBER









Welcome Back !

PSR 1st through 8th grade





Our First day for PSR for

1st through 8th grade will be September 10th





Our first day for Pre-schoolers and Kindergarteners is September 24th









1st Reconciliation




Our 1st Reconciliation Retreat will be on September 30th for all 2nd graders and at least one parent needs to attend.



CONFIRMATION


Our first meeting for our 8th grade class is September 24th at 11:15am in the Parish Dining Hall. Please bring your Decision Point Book and your folder with you.






Address future PSR and Sacramental Preparation Questions to:

Deacon Bob Brazier at bbrazier@sttm.org



Bring Your Children To Mass?




When Jesus reprimanded the apostles for wanting

to keep children away from Him (see Mt 19:14),

He did not give an age or behavior requirement.


At the baptism of a child, parents and sponsors

promise to teach their children the Catholic faith

and “to bring them up according to

the law of Christ and His Church.”


The Catechism of the Catholic Church reminds us,

“The Sunday celebration of the Lord’s Day

and his Eucharist is at the

heart of the Church’s life” (No. 2177).


This importance is shown in attendance at Mass

and rest from labor, the first of the precepts of the Church.


Click the link below to read why you should bring your children to Mass:



BRING YOUR CHILDREN TO MASS


Divine Lord, send your Holy Spirit anew into our hearts and cleanse us from all sin so we may adore and worship you in Spirit and in truth. Create in us a greater love for your Word and a keener desire to serve you and our fellow men. Remove all malice, bitterness, and resentment from our minds, and fill us with your abundant grace. In Christ Jesus our Savior and Friend.

AMEN


Meditations
“Lord, I too lack the necessary faith to see the blessings that accompany Your Cross, as well as the many crosses I am given in life. Help me to be purified in my faith so that I can see Your hand at work in all things, even suffering, injustice and persecution. May I see life from Your perspective alone. Jesus, I trust in You."