Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
The fictional English detective, Sherlock Holmes, used to say that his work was his reward when asked about his need for remuneration. This should be the attitude of the workers in the parable in this Sunday’s Gospel. The vineyard which represents the Kingdom of God is an immeasurable gift to the world. It includes eternal life with God and His saints for eternity, a gift beyond our imagination. We cannot earn the gift. It is a generous offer to all – those who live the Gospel all their lives and those who convert at the 11th hour. The joy and fulfillment which this gift brings us can only be experienced completely in heaven and it cannot be measured by anything in this world. Nevertheless, God allows us to work in His kingdom here on earth. By doing so, we can help others have this gift and also make a real contribution to our eternal happiness by selfless and joyful work here on earth.
We are less than two weeks away from the start of the Columbus Italian Festival: Friday, October 6th, 5:30 to 11:00 p.m., Saturday, October 7th, Noon to 11:00 p.m., October 8th, Noon to 7:00 p.m. It is not too late to sign up to volunteer for the many booths and activities and to purchase tickets for the festival. See the bulletin for more details. Also, check out the Taste of Italy on Monday, October 2nd, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Have a blessed week.
Sacred Heart and St. John the Baptist