St. Anne Parish
Message from Fr. Larry Brito,
25rth Sunday in Ordinary time, September 20 2020
Dear Parishioners, September 20, 2020
On Thursday September 24th we will begin a prayer marathon that will last 40 days. It will go on till the day before the election ending on November 2. The focus of these 40 days is to pray for our Nation and to pray for the end of abortion, which the U.S. Catholic Bishops Conference (USCCB) and singled out as the Preeminent issue facing Catholic Voters. “The threat of abortion remains our preeminent priority because it directly attacks life itself, because it takes place within the sanctuary of the family, and because of the number of lives destroyed,”(USCCB) Meaning that it is an issue that should be reconsider more urgent than the others.
Staring Thursday September 24th 5:00 pm, and every afternoon till November 2, we will gather in the church and dedicate a half hour of prayer that will include praying the most holy rosary for the unborn and for our Nation. I invite you to join us at the church or at home with your family.
With Christ’s love and Peace
Today’s readings real challenge to conventional thinking about what is fair and what is just. We human beings tend to be just like the workers that were first called. We tend to think in terms of what is fair. But in reality, if we got what is really fair, we would all be in great trouble. We all deserve death, but love has seen that we are offered life. The parable is a lesson on life. The Prophet Isaiah reminds us of this truth: “God’s ways are so much above our ways, his thoughts higher than our thoughts”. That is why we need to listen to God and follow his advice. God is free and is not bound by any of us. God is also very generous and would love nothing better than to share his life with each and every one of us. We should not be concerned that God is merciful and forgiving to those that may come late to the vineyard. Nor should we be jealous that others may receive the same pay as us, who have labored long. The reward is the same and is beyond our hopes and dreams. Let us pray that no one will be lost.
We need to put on the same attitude as Christ. Christ died for all so that all may be saved. We need to work tirelessly for the salvation of all our brothers and sisters. We should rejoice that God has found worthy our brother or sister who seemed to be lost and is now saved. We need to have pastoral hearts and encourage others along their journey. In the second reading St. Paul talks about the goal of his life when he states: “For me life is Christ and death is Gain”. He has given everything up to follow Jesus and to bring others to the knowledge of Christ. He knows it is not just about getting himself into heaven. We must strive to bring others to Christ with a loving and caring heart. In the opening prayer, we heard that the Commandments are based on love of God and love of neighbor. So what does love of God look like? It can only be demonstrated by our love of neighbor. We are to hope for the salvation of all people and hope that they may come to receive eternal salvation. And through our struggle to live an unselfish life we may also be given eternal life.
Fr. Larry R. Brito
Pastor St. Anne