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September 20,2020

Explore the Sunday Gospel


Workers in the Vineyard

MT 20:1-16A

Jesus told his disciples this parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out at dawn to hire laborers for his vineyard. After agreeing with them for the usual daily wage, he sent them into his vineyard. Going out about nine o'clock, the landowner saw others standing idle in the marketplace, and he said to them, 'You too go into my vineyard, and I will give you what is just.' So they went off. And he went out again around noon, and around three o'clock, and did likewise. Going out about five o'clock, the landowner found others standing around, and said to them, 'Why do you stand here idle all day?' They answered, 'Because no one has hired us.' He said to them, 'You too go into my vineyard.' When it was evening the owner of the vineyard said to his foreman, 'Summon the laborers and give them their pay, beginning with the last and ending with the first.' When those who had started about five o'clock came, each received the usual daily wage. So when the first came, they thought that they would receive more, but each of them also got the usual wage. And on receiving it they grumbled against the landowner, saying, 'These last ones worked only one hour, and you have made them equal to us, who bore the day's burden and the heat.' He said to one of them in reply, 'My friend, I am not cheating you. Did you not agree with me for the usual daily wage? Take what is yours and go. What if I wish to give this last one the same as you? Or am I not free to do as I wish with my own money? Are you envious because I am generous?' Thus, the last will be first, and the first will be last."


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St. Andrew Kim Taegon (Feast Day September 20)

AUGUST 21, 1821 – SEPTEMBER 16, 1846

Andrew Kim Taegon was the son of Christian converts. Following his baptism at the age of 15, Andrew traveled 1,300 miles to a seminary in Macao, China. After six years, he managed to return to his country and that same year, crossed the Yellow Sea to Shanghai to be ordained a priest. St. Andrew Kim was the first Korean-born priest; he is the patron saint of Korea. The Christians of Korea were heavily persecuted in his lifetime, and many were forced to practice their faith underground. St. Andrew Kim and over 100 other Christian witnesses were martyred for their faith.


Take time to chat

  • Why were the workers who started early in the day angry?
  • What effect does envy or jealousy have on a friendship?
  • In the story, the landowner wanted to make sure that no one was standing idle. What lesson is Jesus trying to teach us about this?


Recipe of the week

Korean Bulgogi

2 pounds of boneless rib eye steak (sirloin is also good)
½ pear or apple, peeled and grated
½ cup soy sauce
3 tablespoons sesame seed oil
4 cloves of garlic, finely minced
2 tablespoons of sugar (white, brown, or honey will do)
1 tablespoon of grated ginger, or 2 teaspoons of dried ginger

1-2 tablespoons of gochujang (Korean red pepper paste)

2-3 green onions, thinly sliced

1-2 teaspoons of sesame seeds

Wrap the steak in plastic wrap or a freezer bag, and place in the freezer for about 30 minutes. Be careful not to freeze it! In a large bowl, combine fruit, soy sauce, 1 tablespoon of sesame oil, garlic, sugar, ginger, gochujang, and one of the sliced green onions. Whisk it all together until well combined. NOTE: You can use more or less gochujang to adjust the level of spice. Slice the steak into small, thin strips. Be sure to slice across the grain and keep the pieces about ¼ inch thick. Combine the steak and marinade in a freezer bag or a large bowl, cover, and marinate for at least 2 hours, although overnight is preferred.

Heat a grill pan, wok, or a large skillet over medium-high heat with a tablespoon of sesame oil. Add the steak in small batches. Cook 2 to 3 minutes on each side until charred and cooked through and remove from pan. Repeat with another tablespoon of sesame oil until all the meat is cooked. Garnish with remaining green onion and sesame seeds. Enjoy with steamed rice. You may also want to make lettuce wraps with rice, bulgogi, and a little extra gochujang.


  • Replace fruit with apple juice in a pinch.
  • Visit your local Korean grocery store to pick up some roasted seaweed and kimchee (spicy pickled cabbage) to complete an authentic Korean meal.


Family Fun

Family Photo

Take advantage of the mild weather and beautiful colors of the changing leaves and take a family photo. Find a friend with a great digital camera and a scenic park area. Use the photo for your Christmas card or for framed gifts.


Other Ideas


Family Prayer

O God, you have created all nations, and you are their salvation. In the land of Korea, your call to Catholic faith formed a people of adoption, whose growth you nurtured by the blood of Andrew, Paul, and their companions. Through their martyrdom and their intercession, grant us strength that we too may remain faithful to your commandments even until death. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

(From The Roman Missal, Memorial Mass of St. Andrew Kim Taegon and Companions)

Liturgy Link

Liga a la Liturgia

Kneeling is a gesture of reverence. How many times do we kneel at Mass? When does this happen?

Unleashing the Gospel in your Family

Haz Llegar el Evangelioen tu Familia

“The whole Archdiocese has embarked on the new evangelization together, and any victory for one is a victory for all. As Christ’s apostles had to put aside rivalry and learn to work as a team (Lk 9:46-48), so we are called to a spirit of generous cooperation and sharing of resources.”(3.4 Good and Bad Habits)

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Fun Facts!

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Besides St. Andrew Kim, Pope John Paul II canonized 99 Koreans and three French missionaries who had been martyred between 1839 and 1867, when he visited Korea in 1984. Among them were bishops and priests, but, for the most part, they were lay persons: 47 women and 45 men.