About the 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A
When is the 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A in 2023?
Sunday September 24, 2023
The readings for the 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A highlight God’s generosity. In the first reading we are told that God does not think the way we think. The psalm praises God’s compassion, justice, and mercy. The second reading reminds us that we must labor to imitate Christ. And in the gospel Jesus tells the parable about the workers in the vineyard and the generous landowner who paid them all the same wage.
25th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A
- Give It Your All – A Lesson Plan on Generosity
- The Prayer for Generosity
- God Sustains Us
- Do Yardwork for the Elderly in Your Neighborhood
- Corporal Works of Mercy
- Make Blessing Bags for the Homeless
What are the Mass Readings for September 24, 2023, the 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A?
- First Reading – Isaiah 55:6-9: “As high as the heavens are above the earth, so high are my ways above your ways and my thoughts above your thoughts.”
- Responsorial Psalm – Psalm 145: “The Lord is near to all who call upon him.”
- Second Reading – Philippians 1:20C-24, 27A: “Christ will be magnified in my body, whether by life or by death. For to me life is Christ, and death is gain.”
- Gospel – Matthew 20:1-16A: “What if I wish to give this last one the same as you? Or am I not free to do as I wish with my own money? Are you envious because I am generous?”
What Are the Themes for the Mass Readings for September 24, 2023, the 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A?
- Serving others
Resources for the 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A
This Give It Your All lesson plan encourages youth to consider how we use what we have. Do we use it to make ourselves good or are we generous in giving back?
This Prayer for Generosity is often attributed to St. Ignatius of Loyola, but it was probably not actually written by him. Even so, it is sometimes called the St. Ignatius Prayer. Much as the Peace Prayer is called the Prayer of St. Francis even though it was not written by Francis of Assisi.
We know God sustains us and cares for us. This is a prayer based on Psalm 145, the responsorial psalm for the 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A. It expresses praise to God for the way he watches over us.
Service projects are a good way to show our care for others. One popular project with teens and younger children is yardwork for the elderly. There might be some leaves left from the fall. Or fallen branches from winter storms. Or just some spring cleanup needed. An elderly neighbor will appreciate any help you can give.
The gospels show us that Jesus reached out to those in need. His life is a model for how we should interact with others. One way to do this is through the Corporal Works of Mercy. Consider looking at these and doing one with the Catholic youth in your life.
One way to give to the less fortunate is to make blessing bags for the homeless. These care packages can be given to a local homeless shelter or outreach program to be distributed to their clients. You can also keep blessing bags in your car to distribute to any homeless members of the community you encounter in your daily life.
Homilies and Reflections for the 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A
God’s ways are not our ways; God’s thoughts are not our thoughts. How is God’s love playing itself out in the world? It isn’t always easy to see, for there are so many injustices, so much innocent suffering, so much out of balance. But the dispensing of grace is God’s business, not ours, and so we should ask the question “why?” not in a spirit of rebellion, but in an attitude of awe.
The complaints of the laborers is similar to the elder brother in the parable of the Prodigal Son. We must avoid the temptation to resent God’s abundant mercy.
Quotes and Social Media Graphics
For my thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways my ways, says the LORD.
As high as the heavens are above the earth, so high are my ways above your ways and my thoughts above your thoughts.
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