29th sunday

29th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Christ The King From the Parish Priest's Desk

Giving God the Love and Honour We Owe to Him In today’s Gospel Jesus and the religious leaders in Jerusalem continue their tense exchange of questions and challenges. At this point the disciples of the Pharisees, together with the Herodians, try to entrap Jesus by their question about the payment of taxes. Matthew sets up an unusual partnership between the …

matthew parable

28th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Christ The King From the Parish Priest's Desk

Kingdom of Heaven and its Requirements In the parable of the wedding feast in today’s Gospel, Jesus offers an image of the kingdom of heaven using the symbol of a wedding banquet. In today’s first reading from the prophet Isaiah and in today’s psalm, the Lord’s goodness is evident in the symbol of a feast of good food and wine. …

vineyard

27th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Christ The King From the Parish Priest's Desk

Jesus Christ – The Key Stone The gospel parable about the landowner and the tenants of his vineyard is very challenging. On reading it, we may initially be shocked by the disrespect and aggression of the tenants who treated appallingly several messengers from the landowner. The parable advises us about the extent to which some people will go to further …

The-Parable-of-the-Two-Sons

26th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Christ The King From the Parish Priest's Desk

Let our Words and Actions give Evidence of our Love to God The context for today’s Gospel is the mounting tension between Jesus and the Jewish religious leaders. The situation Jesus poses in the parable, is rather straightforward. Given the same task by their father, one son asserts his disobedience in words, but then obeys in his actions; the second …

workers-in-the-vineyard

25th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Christ The King From the Parish Priest's Desk

God’s Patience and Generous Mercy In the Gospel today, the parable of the workers in the vineyard appears to be an offense to common sense. Those who work a longer day ought to be paid more than those who work just an hour or two. When viewed in this way, the landowner seems unfair. That is because we are reading …

forgiveness

24th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Christ The King From the Parish Priest's Desk

To be Forgiving as Forgiving God In today’s reading Peter asks Jesus how many times one ought to extend forgiveness to another. Peter proposes a reasonable number of times, perhaps seven. Jesus replies by extending Peter’s proposal by an enormous amount; not just seven times should one forgive, but 77 times. The parable of the unforgiving servant is Jesus’ elaboration …