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MASS TIMES

Weekend Masses:

  • Vigil Mass Saturdays - 5:30 pm English
  • Sundays
    • 8:15 am English Mass
    • 10:30 am English Mass
    • 12:30 pm Spanish Mass
  • Weekday Masses
    • Mondays (Communion Service), 12:05 pm
    • Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays,  12:05 pm
    • Wednesdays - 6 pm
  • Confessions
    • Wednesdays 6:30pm - 7:00pm
    • Saturdays 4:00pm - 5:00pm

Last Hired, First in Line?

Pastor’s Column

25th Sunday in Ordinary Time

September 24, 2017

“Thus the last will be first, and the first will be last.”

                                                                   Matthew 20:16      

 I was employed in the airline industry for over a decade before entering the seminary, and like many industries, job seniority--your hire date--is very important! After I had been interviewed and had taken a very difficult math exam, I waited anxiously to hear if the company would hire me. Later, they did call, and offered me one of three start dates that were spaced two weeks apart (we were sent in three groups to Dallas for six weeks of computer language training). I chose the second of the three start dates, not realizing that everyone in that first group got first choice in shift selections for the next ten years! Almost everything there was affected because I chose the later date.

When the Benedictine Monks at Mount Angel queue up for Mass, they do so according to what the Monks call “statio,” which is short for “station.” The day of your first vows after novitiate will determine your seniority, your place in line, sometimes at table and many other ramifications--until death! It doesn’t matter how old you are or how important you were at the time of vows--just the date you began your new life as a Monk.

Priests are often called to the bed of the dying, some of whom have been away from the sacraments all their lives, who make a good confession and immediately join the ranks of the saved (sometimes after living lives that were hardly edifying). I have done a number of deathbed baptisms, for example. Should we be jealous because these people are saved at the last minute, while others of us have been working in God’s vineyard all our lives?

Jesus makes it very clear that our ranking in heaven will be very different than it is here. At first glance, it seems the height of injustice for God to pay a man who sat at the canteen all day waiting to get hired, a man who worked only an hour, the same as one who slaved all day in 100 degree weather! But the point is simply this: none of us deserves eternal life; none of us can “earn” it. The “pay” we receive at the end of life is so out of proportion to anything we can ever do for God that it isn’t even worth comparing the two.

Fortunately for us, God calls us at every stage of life: childhood, young adulthood, the prime of life, our senior years, even on our deathbed. In fact, he calls us every day! God is so generous and loves us so much, he can’t wait to forgive us. What then is the reward for those who have worked for Christ all their lives? They will have more to share with him in heaven forever. Every moment is important for our eternity and our spiritual wealth in the next life. The “pay” for following Christ is eternal life, but our “rank” in heaven is determined by our relationship with him and others over the course of our lives.

                                                                        Father Gary

    

Our Church Album

  • Chalices
  • Welcome to our Church
  • Sunset at Saint Edward
  • From the Altar
  • Archbishop Sample
  • Our Courtyard
  • The Eucharist
  • Altar at Christmas
  • Mass at Saint Edward
  • From our Balcony
  • Our Bells from Mount Angel
  • Wide Angle from Balcony
  • Church at Advent
  • Wide Angle from Altar
  • Wide Angle at Advent
  • Front of the Church
  • Side Angle of the Church
  • Church and Cross at Sunset
  • Cover Photo of Church
  • Cross at Sunset
  • Christmas Nativity Scene
  • Our New Church
  • Church from River Road
  • Cross at Sunrise
  • The Altar at Saint Edward
  • The Adoration Chapel
  • Our Baptismal Font
   

 

 

Daily Readings

Monday of the Twenty-fifth Week in Ordinary Time

Reading 1 EzR 1:1-6In the first year of Cyrus, king of Persia,

in order to fulfill the word of the LORD spoken by Jeremiah,

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Twenty-fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Reading 1 Is 55:6-9Seek the LORD while he may be found,

call him while he is near.

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Memorial of Saint Pius of Pietrelcina, Priest

Reading 1 1 Tm 6:13-16Beloved:

I charge you before God, who gives life to all things,

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OFFICE HOURS

Monday - Friday,    10:00 am to 5:00 pm                       CLOSED Saturday and Sunday

SACRAMENTAL EMERGENCIES ONLY:

Call the office at 503-393-5323 for sacramental emergencies during business hours.  For after hour sacramental emergencies, call 971-915-2924.    Because a priest cannot always be available, you are urged to notify the parish whenever anyone is seriously ill. Every effort will be made to assure that the sacraments are available before the situation becomes critical.