September 21, 2014, Twenty-fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time
What are we supposed to think about the Gospel for today? On one level, it makes perfectly good sense. The workers hired at dawn agreed to the usual daily wage. They knew what they were doing when they signed on, and they were undoubtedly happy for the assignment. No one said they had to spend a day with the grapes. No one twisted their arms. And certainly no one sent them off at spear-point. They may have spent the day whistling while they worked for all we know. Yet at the end of the day, when they got their money--the money they had agreed to hours earlier---they were grumbling at the great injustice just meted out to them. What gives?
A CALL TO THE VINEYARD AND EVERYWHERE ELSE
What gives, of course, is all those other workers Jesus tells us about--especially the ones who came very late in the day--who got the same pay come quitting time as the poor Joes picking or pruning or digging since dawn. It doesn’t seem right, does it? Not fair at all! Maybe we would have grumbled, too. But then there’s Isaiah: “For my thoughts are not your thoughts,/nor are your ways my ways, says the LORD” (Isaiah 55:8).
We are all called to do the Lord’s work, but each of us does it in our own individual way. “Fruitful labor,” Paul calls it, whether it has to do with grapes or not (Philippians 1:22). So it doesn’t matter if you are a farmer or a brain surgeon, a student or a teacher, a preacher or the person in the last pew. Regardless of how we interpret God’s call to us or our own unique circumstances, may we, like the apostle Paul, be forever mindful of our truest calling---to live and die in Christ---and conduct ourselves in an appropriate and worth way. See you in the vineyard.
Today’s Readings: Is 55:6-9; Ps 145: 2-3, 8-9, 17-18; Phil 1:20c-24, 27a; Mt 20:1-16a
Prayer for Protection against Storms and Floods
Graciously hear us, O Lord, when we call upon You,
and grant unto our supplications a calm atmosphere,
that we, who are justly afflicted for our sins,
may, by Your protecting mercy, experience pardon.
Through Christ our Lord.
Pecos Severe Watches & Warnings NOAA Weather Radio
Flash Flood Watch
Statement as of 1:24 PM MDT on September 21, 2014
...Flash Flood Watch now in effect through Monday afternoon...
The Flash Flood Watch is now in effect for
* portions of southeast New Mexico and Texas...including the following areas...in southeast New Mexico...central Lea County...Eddy County plains...Guadalupe Mountains of Eddy County...northern Lea County and southern Lea County. In Texas...Andrews...Borden...Crane...Davis/Apache Mountains area...Dawson...Ector...Gaines...Glasscock...Guadalupe Mountains...Howard...Loving...Martin...Midland...Mitchell... Pecos...Reagan...Reeves County and upper trans Pecos... Scurry...Upton...Van Horn and Highway 54 corridor...Ward and Winkler.
* Through Monday morning
* an additional 1 to 2 inches of rain is possible in the watch area today...with isolated amounts of 3 to 5 inches possible... particularly in southeast New Mexico as well as the central and northern Permian Basin.
* Flooding of rivers...creeks...arroyos...low water crossings and city streets will be possible.
A Flash Flood Watch means that conditions may develop that lead to flash flooding. Flash flooding is a very dangerous situation. With saturated soils...runoff can cause flash flooding quickly.
You should monitor later forecasts and be prepared to take action should flash flood warnings be issued.