Sunday, September 10, 2023
The readings for the 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time for Year A focus on a conversion of heart. In the first reading (Ezekiel 33:7-9) we are warned to turn away from wickedness. The psalm (Psalm 95:1-2, 6-7, 8-9) says “If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts.” The second reading (Romans 13:8-10) encourages us to go beyond merely following the letter of the law and to truly love. And in the gospel (Matthew 18:15-20) Jesus teaches about converting from sin and coming to reconciliation.
Possible themes for this weekend’s readings are conversion of heart, the sacrament of Reconciliation (confession), or overcoming hatred. Here are some ideas: