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25th Sunday in Ordinary Time

On the 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time, we consider generosity. We can be very generous when we expect a return for ourselves. We tend to be very concerned with generating wealth and making ourselves important. But can we be generous in the way God is generous? Can we care for the least among us? Here are some resources for this Sunday for youth ministers, catechists, teachers, and parents.

Click on the appropriate year below to see resources, themes, homilies, games, lesson plans, and more.

Mass Readings for the 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A

  • First ReadingIsaiah 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 PsalmPsalm 145: “The Lord is near to all who call upon him.”
  • Second ReadingPhilippians 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.”
  • GospelMatthew 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?”

Mass Readings for the 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B

  • First ReadingWisdom 2:12, 17-20: “For if the just one be the son of God, God will defend him and deliver him from the hand of his foes”
  • Responsorial PsalmPsalm 54: “The Lord upholds my life.”
  • Second ReadingJames 3:16—4:3: “But the wisdom from above is first of all pure, then peaceable, gentle, compliant, full of mercy and good fruits, without inconstancy or insincerity.”
  • GospelMark 9:30-37: “If anyone wishes to be first, he shall be the last of all and the servant of all.”

Mass Readings for the 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C

  • First ReadingAmos 8:4-7: “Hear this, you who trample upon the needy and destroy the poor of the land!”
  • Responsorial PsalmPsalm 113: “Praise the Lord who lifts up the poor.”
  • Second Reading1 Timothy 2:1-8: “First of all, I ask that supplications, prayers, petitions, and thanksgivings be offered for everyone, for kings and for all in authority, that we may lead a quiet and tranquil life in all devotion and dignity.”
  • GospelLuke 16:1-13: “For the children of this world are more prudent in dealing with their own generation than are the children of light.”

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