Fr. Lara's Lines
What We Need Is Mercy
This weekend’s gospel offers one of the
most troubling parables from Jesus. He compares
the kingdom of heaven to a landowner who hired
laborers for his vineyard. He hired workers at
dawn, at nine o’clock, at noon, at three o’clock,
and at five o’clock. When the day was over, they
all received the usual daily wage. Right away, it
seems unfair. How can the owner give the same
pay to the ones who worked the whole day and
the one who worked only a couple hours? It is
disturbing and upsetting how inconsiderate the
owner is to the workers who worked all day long.
What is the lesson Jesus wants us to learn through
this parable? The message is that God always
gives us what is fair; but some people get more
than what is fair—God’s mercy.
God is just. Everyone will get justice from God as
the workers did from the landowner. He agrees
with all the workers to pay what is fair. It wasn’t
up to them to decide what they were supposed to
get, but they got what they justly deserved. In the
same way, God gives people what they deserve.
God is just and he will always act with justice.
God is merciful. Mercy is a gift through which
God understands our needs. It is the compassion
towards another and the readiness to assist. We
will all get justice, what we deserve; but we only
hope to get mercy, which we don’t deserve. God
is entirely free to choose those who receive mercy
because that is more than what is fair. How can
we obtain the mercy of God? We have to ask for
it. When did you ask for God’s mercy? God is
longing to be asked for mercy. We are not too
good to ask for it.
Religious Education/ Catechetical Sunday
Saint Catherine Laboure is so blessed to have
programs that educate our children in the Catholic
faith. The Religious Education program, directed
by Sister Nadiya, helps parish families to integrate
the love of God in their daily lives. All catechists
contribute to the lifelong faith formation of the
children and the families. Our faith is fully alive
when families engage in evangelization and
catechesis in their parish communities.
We commend all the catechists and teachers from
the English RE Program, the Spanish RE Program,
the SPRED program, Youth Ministry and the school.
Your dedication and love for the children and
youth make a huge difference in their lives and
the world. As a parish, we pray for you this
weekend as we celebrate Catechetical Sunday.