20 Sep 2020

Twenty-fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle A Click here for all content for this cycle Twenty-fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle A


Isaiah 55:6-9  God doesn’t think as we do, especially when it comes to generosity.

Psalm 145:2-3, 8-9, 17-18  Praise God for divine justice and mercy.

Philippians 1:20c-24, 27a  Life and death in Christ are both desirable states for the believer.

Matthew 20:1-16a  Is it fair that those who labor a lot or a little get the same pay in the end?

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The inner word

What’s in your heart?

In the gospel parable, the workers protest—justifiably, it could be argued—against the owner of the vineyard for his unfairness.

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Exploring the word

God is not fair

I think the unfairness of the world was evident to me before I was out of grade school. Being confronted with great American ideals like “All men are created equal” made me want to punch John Locke’s lights out. You only had to glance around the recess yard to see all the folks who were clearly at a disadvantage for which time, wealth, and status would never compensate them.

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In other words

The Sunday gospel in everyday English

“God’s kingdom is like an estate manager who went out early in the morning to hire workers for his vineyard. They agreed on a wage of a dollar a day, and went to work.

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Homily stories

How much is enough?

The judge was surprised when he read the complaints. Before him sat four people who were the adult children of a recently deceased multimillionaire. The older two siblings were contesting the will—a very generous will, I might add. What was their gripe?

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Homily stories

Stick to God's schedule

“If there’s one thing I’ve learned in life, it’s that things happen by God’s Rolex not my Timex.” Those words were shared at a reunion between two coworkers long after they both gave up trying to set the course of their lives on a timetable.

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Homily stories

Here's a tip about God

When visiting Paris for the first time, I found one custom so different from here or other places I had visited that it made me genuinely uncomfortable: It was tipping.

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Penitential Act & Prayer of the Faithful

The justice of God is above our ways. We appeal to that justice to bring us closer to God in Christ.

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Our sins are nothing but a grain of sand alongside the great mountain of the mercy of God.

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