11th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A (2023)

Mass Readings for the 11th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A

  • First ReadingExodus 19:2-6a: “Therefore, if you hearken to my voice and keep my covenant, you shall be my special possession, dearer to me than all other people, though all the earth is mine.”
  • Responsorial PsalmPsalm 100: “We are His people the sheep of His flock.”
  • Second ReadingRomans 5:6-11: “But God proves his love for us in that while we were still sinners Christ died for us.”
  • GospelMatthew 9:36—10:8: “Cure the sick, raise the dead, cleanse lepers, drive out demons. Without cost you have received; without cost you are to give.”

Themes for the 11th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A

The readings for Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time for Year A call us to look for how God is working in our lives. In the first reading the Isrealites are reminded that God led them out of Egypt. The psalm tells us that God cares for us. In the second reading, Paul tells us that God proves His love for us because Christ died for us. In the gospel, we hear how Jesus cared for the people and sent his disciples to do the same.

  • Discipleship
  • Evangelization
  • Service
  • Seeing God’s love in our lives

See the Homilies and Reflections section and the More Thoughts section for further expansion on these readings and some reflection questions for the 11th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A.

Resources for the 11th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A

Feed My Sheep: A Lesson Plan on Service

This lesson plan on service will help youth understand that we are all called to care for each other. Christian service involves sacrifice, but Jesus is there to strengthen us.

I am Yours

This prayer is based on Psalm 100, which is the responsorial psalm for this Sunday. It recognizes that God is our creator and that he cares for us. We are in good hands.

Homilies and Reflections for the 11th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A

Election

From Bishop Robert Barron. One of the key themes of the Bible is the divine election, the fact that God chooses. But God chooses, not on the basis of merit, but simply through and because of his grace. And he chooses, not to glorify those whom he elects, but rather to give them a mission of love.

The New Israel

Also from Bishop Barron. In our first reading from the book of Exodus, we hear the wonderful promise of God to Moses and his people that they would constitute a holy nation, a nation of priests. For the first Christians, this promise was fulfilled in Jesus and in the twelve apostles that he gathered round him. Peter, James, John, Thomas and their companions–with all of their faults–became the core of the renewed Israel. We have the same purpose: to bring the whole human race into friendship with God.

More Thoughts for the 11th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A

Catholics are often not comfortable with the idea of evangelization. Sometimes this has to do with an image of knocking on a stranger’s door and telling them about Jesus. But every day we have many chances to evangelize.

We do this when we lend a helping hand to someone and then mention how many times we have been helped through the power of God. When someone asks us to pray for them, we can say, “Yes, let’s do that now” and actually share a prayerful moment together. We can invite someone to come to Mass or a church event with us.

It is also important to realize that in order to spread the light of Christ to others, we must first be able to see it shining in our own lives.

Reflection Questions for the 11th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A

  • Who can I share the Good News with today?
  • Am I comfortable sharing my faith with those outside of my church family? Why or why not?
  • Where do I see God shining light in my life?

Quotes and Social Media Graphics for the 11th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A

Indeed, only with difficulty does one die for a just person, though perhaps for a good person one might even find courage to die. But God proves his love for us in that while we were still sinners Christ died for us.

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