Sunday

24 Sep 2023

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

SUNDAY SUMMARY

Isaiah 55:6-9  God thinks differently than we, so we lift up our hearts to know God’s will.

Psalm 145:2-3, 8-9, 17-18  God is closer than we think. All we have to do is look.

Philippians 1:20c-24, 27a  Paul prefers life in Christ to his own life on Earth.

 Matthew 20:1-16a  Is God unfair? Or is God’s justice better than ours?

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The inner word

What’s in your heart?

Today’s gospel story of the laborers in the vineyard is a brilliant exposition of the all-too-human tendency to envy and even resent another’s good fortune. Who among us hasn’t experienced the feeling at some time or another?

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Exploring the word

Lift up your hearts

God’s ways are not our ways. God’s thoughts are not like ours. You can say that again—and Isaiah does, insisting that the divine perspective is as up, up, and away from ours as heaven is from Earth.

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Homily stories

Seat of honor

It was a hot summer day, and the family had spent the afternoon at the swimming pool and then made a quick trip to the grocery store. It was time to get home and prepare dinner.

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Homily stories

The last word

Everyone loves an underdog—in sports, politics, historical battles—but it’s usually when that person is involved in some kind of heated competition. What about the average guy who just beats back difficult life circumstances and comes out ahead?

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Prayers

Penitential Act & Prayer of the Faithful

Brothers and sisters, let us acknowledge our sins, and so prepare ourselves to celebrate the sacred mysteries.

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Quotes

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

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