Sunday, September 17, 2023
The readings for the 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time for Year A focus on mercy and forgiveness. In the first reading (Sirach 27:30—28:7) we are told we must forgive each other for “wrath and anger are hateful things”. The psalm (Psalm 103:1-2, 3-4, 9-10, 11-12) reminds us that God shows us mercy. The second reading (Romans 14:7-9) tells us to live for Christ instead of ourselves. And in the gospel (Matthew 18:21-35) Jesus tells parables about mercy and tells Peter that we must forgive “seventy times seven” times.
Possible themes for this weekend’s readings are spiritual works of mercy and forgiving others. Here are some ideas: