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Dear Parishioners:

Do you think life is unfair? If you agree then you will understand the parable Jesus told in today’s Gospel.
It’s the story of the landowner who hires day laborers at a variety of times in the day. Some bear the heat of the entire day while the last ones only work one hour. At pay time he begins with the last hired and gives them a whole day’s wages and continuing, gives all the workers the same - a whole day’s wages.
You can imagine the discussion this started. I imagine arguments about justice, fairness and contracts. I’m sure someone said “I’m coming to work late tomorrow” hoping of course that the landowner would behave the same.
This is a great story to read to your children at home. They, like us, will have opinions about this.

Jesus is teaching us not to be envious when someone else is the recipient of life’s generosity. “Are you envious when I am generous?” he says. Being envious is a real temptation for us because when we view life from the perspective of material possessions and look at our neighbors, there is a huge disparity among us. Clearly, there are many other disparities – health, opportunities, inheritances, friendships, families etc. etc. Truly, life is unfair.

But, let’s stop a moment. Let’s look honestly at ourselves and assess our own weaknesses and sins. Let’s acknowledge when we have personally fallen short, broken promises, lied, chosen self satisfaction over the needs of others etc. Then let’s think of the Lord’s love for us, his mercy and forgiveness. When I do that, I am the day laborer who did only one hour’s work. I have received much more that I deserve.
 
God bless you all,
Father McNamara

 

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Prayer For Priestly Vocations
Prayed at the Ordination of Fr. Eben McDonald and Fr. Nabor Rios on June 3, 2012

Father, in every generation you provide ministers of Christ and the Church. We come before you now, asking that you call forth more men to serve our Archdiocese in the ministerial priesthood.
Give us priests who will lead and guide your holy people gathered by Word and Sacrament. Bless us with priestly vocations so that we can continue to be a truly Eucharistic Church, strengthened in our discipleship of Jesus Christ, your Only Son.
Raise up, we pray, men who are generous in their service, willing to offer their lives and all their gifts for your greater glory and for the good of your people.
We make our prayer in the presence and power of the Holy Spirit, through Christ, Our Lord.

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