The 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time focuses on being part of the Kingdom of God. It emphasizes balancing work in building the Kingdom and taking time to listen to Jesus. Topics discussed could range from the importance of rest, particularly on the Sabbath, to understanding the emotions of Jesus and God's constant care. Hospitality and caring for others are also discussed, going beyond physical needs to also listening and understanding them.
Find games, ideas, and more for the 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time for youth ministers, catechists, and parents below.
- Sunday July 19, 2026
- First Reading – Wisdom 12:13, 16-19: God's might is rooted in justice, yet wielded with lenience. This shows that true power is used wisely, teaching people to be just and kind. God allows room for repentance.
- Responsorial Psalm – Psalm 86: The Lord is kind and forgiving, attentive to prayers. All nations will glorify Him for His great deeds. He is merciful, slow to anger, and gives strength to His servants.
- Second Reading – Romans 8:26-27: The Spirit helps us in our weakness, especially when we don't know how to pray. The Spirit intercedes for us, aligning our prayers with God's will.
- Gospel – Matthew 13:24-43: Jesus uses parables to describe the kingdom of heaven. Good and evil coexist until judgment day, when angels will separate them. The kingdom also grows from small beginnings, like a mustard seed or yeast, eventually encompassing all.
- Sunday July 21, 2024
- First Reading – Jeremiah 23:1-6: God condemns the shepherds who have failed to guide His people. He vows to gather His flock and punish the negligent shepherds. A righteous descendant of David will come, bringing justice and security.
- Responsorial Psalm – Psalm 23: The Lord is my shepherd who provides and protects. He leads me to peace, guides me in righteousness, and gives me courage in adversity. My cup overflows with blessings.
- Second Reading – Ephesians 2:13-18; Through Christ's sacrifice, those once distant are brought near. He breaks down divisions, abolishes old laws, and establishes peace. Both near and far have access to the Father through Him.
- Gospel – Mark 6:30-34: The apostles report their activities to Jesus. Seeking rest, they go to a secluded place, but crowds follow. Despite the intent for rest, Jesus feels pity and begins teaching them.
- Sunday July 20, 2025
- First Reading – Genesis 18:1-10A: Abraham welcomes three strangers near his tent with food and water. They reveal themselves as divine messengers, promising that Sarah will have a son within a year.
- Responsorial Psalm –Psalm 15: The person who acts justly and honestly, avoids slander, and treats others well will live in God's presence. He doesn't exploit financially and stands against corruption.
- Second Reading – Colossians 1:24-28: I find joy in my sufferings for the sake of the church. My role is to complete God's word and reveal the hidden mystery of Christ among you, aiming for your perfection in Christ.
- Gospel – Luke 10:38-42: Martha welcomes Jesus but is busy serving, while her sister Mary listens to Him. Martha complains, but Jesus says Mary has chosen what's truly important and won't lose it.