September 2023 is Year A in the Sunday liturgical cycle and Year 1 in the weekday cycle. See Mass readings resources for specific Sundays and other days in September 2023 here. Learn more about lectionary cycles from the USCCB.
Sundays and Holy Days in September 2023
Sunday, September 3, 2023
The Mass readings for the 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A emphasize our longing for God and the need for transformation. They also highlight the concept of sacrificial love and the importance of prayer.
Sunday, September 10, 2023
The Mass readings for the 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A emphasize the importance of conversion and love. They encourage us to avoid hardening our hearts, to love one another, and to support each other on the path to holiness. Additional themes include reconciliation, overcoming hatred, social justice, and spiritual works of mercy.
Sunday Sept 23, 2023
The Mass readings for the 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A highlight the themes of mercy and forgiveness. They remind us to forgive others, as we ourselves seek forgiveness from God. The readings also call us to live for the Lord and emphasize the importance of practicing the spiritual works of mercy.
Sunday Sept 24, 2023
The Mass readings for the 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A emphasize God's generosity and the importance of imitating Christ. They remind us that God's ways are higher than ours and call us to serve others with a generous heart. The readings also address the themes of compassion, justice, and overcoming jealousy.
Friday September 1, 2023
Friday of the 21st Week in Ordinary TimeThe gospel for Friday of the 21st Week in Ordinary Time is Matthew 25:1-13, also known as the Parable of the Ten Virgins. It serves as a cautionary tale about being vigilant and making wise choices, especially when it comes to your own spiritual journey. It emphasizes that waiting for a last-minute "fix" in matters of faith might lead to disappointment. Just as the five wise women couldn't share their extra lamp oil, there are aspects of spirituality that can't be borrowed from others.
Saturday September 2, 2023
Saturday of the 21st Week in Ordinary TimeThe gospel for Saturday of the 21st Week in Ordinary Time, Matthew 25:14-30, is known as the Parable of the Talents. The passage centers on a master who entrusts his servants with varying amounts of talents (a form of currency). Upon his return, the master rewards the servants who invested and increased their talents, while the one who hid his talent out of fear is punished.
Sunday September 3, 2023
22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time Year AThe readings for the 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A focus on our natural longing for God. Possible themes for this weekend's readings are sacrificial love, longing for God, prayer, and water. Here are some ideas.
Monday September 4, 2023
Monday of the 22nd Week in Ordinary TimeIn the gospel for Monday of the 22nd Week in Ordinary Time, Luke 4:16-30, Jesus reads from the scroll of Isaiah in a synagogue in Nazareth and declares that the scripture is fulfilled in him. Initially, the crowd is impressed, but they quickly turn against him when he suggests that God's mercy is not exclusive to Israel. Angered, they even try to throw him off a cliff, but he escapes.
Tuesday September 5, 2023
Tuesday of the 22nd Week in Ordinary TimeIn the gospel for Tuesday of the 22nd Week in Ordinary Time Luke 4:31-37, Jesus drives out a demon in a synagogue. People are struck not only by the act itself but also by how confidently Jesus speaks and acts. Even the demon acknowledges him as "the Holy One of God."
Wednesday September 6, 2023
Wednesday of the 22nd Week in Ordinary TimeThe gospel for Wednesday of the 22nd Week in Ordinary Time shows us a busy day in the life of Jesus. He preaches and teaches and heals. And he is busy. But how does he get ready for the next day? He prays and listens to the Father. And then he moves on to what is next.
Thursday September 7, 2023
Thursday of the 22nd Week in Ordinary TimeIn the gospel for Thursday of the 22nd Week in Ordinary Time, we hear how Peter, James, and John walk away from their fishing trade to follow Jesus. Jesus told them to leave it all behind and they did it.
Friday September 8, 2023
The Nativity of the Blessed Virgin MaryThe Feast of The Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary celebrates the birth of Our Blessed Mother. Her immaculate conception and birth prepare for the coming of Jesus Christ into the world. This feast day is celebrated annually on September 8.
Saturday September 9, 2023
Saturday of the 22nd Week in Ordinary TimeIn the gospel for Saturday of the 22nd Week in Ordinary Time, Luke 6:1-5, we find Jesus and his disciples walking through a grain field on the Sabbath. The disciples pluck some grain to eat, which prompts the Pharisees to accuse them of breaking the Sabbath law. Jesus counters by citing the example of David eating the consecrated bread, and declares, "The Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath."
St. Peter ClaverSt. Peter Claver was a Jesuit priest who ministered to slaves arriving in the Caribbean port city of Cartagena. He fed them and treated their diseases and wounds. His feast day is September 9.
Sunday September 10, 2023
23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time Year AThe readings for the 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A focus on a conversion of heart. Possible themes for this weekend's readings are conversion of heart, the sacrament of Reconciliation (confession), or overcoming hatred.
Monday September 11, 2023
Monday of the 23rd Week in Ordinary TimeIn the gospel for Monday of the 23rd Week in Ordinary Time, Luke 6:6-11, Jesus heals a man with a withered hand on the Sabbath, leading to further controversy with the Pharisees. He poses a rhetorical question: "Is it lawful on the Sabbath to do good or to do harm, to save life or to destroy it?" He then proceeds to heal the man, causing his critics to become enraged.
Tuesday September 12, 2023
Tuesday of the 23rd Week In Ordinary TimeIn the gospel for Tuesday of the 23rd Week in Ordinary Time, we hear another story of Jesus spending time alone with God. And then, having spent the night with the Father, he makes a decision. The twelve apostles are called by Jesus for a special mission.
Wednesday September 13, 2023
Wednesday of the 23rd Week in Ordinary TimeIn the gospel for Wednesday of the 23rd Week in Ordinary Time, we hear the Beatitudes. Jesus reverses the wisdom of the world, telling us that we are blessed when we are poor and weeping. Too much attachment to the things of this world is a danger. "Woe" can also be thought of as "be careful!"
Thursday September 14, 2023
Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy CrossThis feast day of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross on September 14 celebrates the cross as a sign of Christ's victory over sin for us. It is also called the Feast of the Triumph of the Cross. The cross is not a sign of defeat, but a sign of redemption.
Friday September 15, 2023
Our Lady of SorrowsThe Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows commemorates the extreme sorrow that the Blessed Virgin Mary experienced during the life, passion, and death of Jesus Christ. The Seven Sorrows Devotion is a traditional Catholic devotion related to the seven sorrows of Mary.
Saturday September 16, 2023
Sts. Cornelius and CyprianSaints Cornelius and Cyprian were 3rd century Christians. St. Cornelius was a pope. At the time, many Christians were being martyred. Some renounced their faith and then later repented. A priest named Novatian said that these Christians should not be allowed back in the Church. Pope St. Cornelius successfully opposed Novatian's position. St. Cyprian was a bishop who also opposed Novatian's views. He offered support and encouragement to Cornelius. He also encouraged him to grow in holiness.
Saturday of the 23rd Week in Ordinary TimeIn the gospel for for Saturday of the 23rd Week in Ordinary Time, Jesus speaks of the wisdom of being built on rock. When God is the foundation of all we do, then we will not be swept away by the storms of life.
Sunday September 17, 2023
24th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year AThe readings for the 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A focus on mercy and forgiveness. Possible themes for this weekend's readings are spiritual works of mercy and forgiving others.
Monday September 18, 2023
Monday of the 24th Week in Ordinary TimeIn the gospel for Monday of the 24th Week in Ordinary Time, Luke 7:1-10, we find the story of the centurion whose servant is ill. Despite his authority, the centurion humbly requests Jesus to heal the servant, stating that he is "not worthy" for Jesus to enter his home. His faith is so strong that he believes Jesus can heal the servant with just a word. Jesus marvels at his faith and grants his request.
Tuesday September 19, 2023
Tuesday of the 24th Week in Ordinary TimeIn the gospel for Tuesday of the 24th Week in Ordinary Time, Luke 7:11-17, Jesus encounters a funeral procession for the only son of a widow and raises the young man from the dead. He is moved by the widow's grief and tells her not to weep before performing the miracle. This event has several layers of meaning that can speak to contemporary Catholics.
Wednesday September 20, 2023
Wednesday of the 24th Week in Ordinary TimeIn the gospel for Wednesday of the 24th Week in Ordinary Time, Luke 7:31-35, Jesus compares his generation to children who are never satisfied, no matter what is played for them. He contrasts the austere John the Baptist with himself, who is criticized for eating and drinking. The point here is that people will find reasons to complain or reject the message, regardless of the messengers style.
Thursday September 21, 2023
St. Matthew - Apostle and EvangelistSt. Matthew was one of the twelve apostles of Jesus Christ and a tax collector before his conversion. He was known for his Gospel, which emphasizes how Jesus fulfilled Old Testament prophecies and teaches us about the Kingdom of God through parables. St. Matthew's life teaches us that no matter how far we may have strayed from God, it is never too late to turn back to Him and that we should be willing to leave everything behind to follow Christ.
Friday September 22, 2023
Friday of the 24th Week in Ordinary TimeIn the gospel for Friday of the 24th Week in Ordinary Time, Luke 8:1-3, we hear how Jesus traveled through cities and villages, preaching and bringing the "good news of the Kingdom of God." Alongside him were the Twelve Apostles and some women who had been cured of evil spirits and ailments. These women also supported the group financially.
Saturday September 23, 2023
Saturday of the 24th Week in Ordinary TimeIn the gospel for for Saturday of the 24th Week in Ordinary Time, Luke 8:4-15, the Parable of the Sower is told, where a farmer sows seeds that fall on various types of ground. The focus is on how different conditions affect the growth of the seed, symbolizing how the message of the Kingdom of God is received differently by people based on their readiness and openness.
St. Padre PioSt. Padre Pio, also known as Saint Pius of Pietrelcina, was a 20th century Capuchin friar and priest. He is known for his piety and charity. He had the stigmata, the wounds of Christ in his hands and feet. He also had many mystical experiences, including frequently seeing guardian angels and predicting that Karol Wojtya, a priest, would ascend to "the highest post in the church" Karol Wojtya later became Pope John Paul II.
Sunday September 24, 2023
25th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year AThe readings for the 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A highlight God's generosity. So for this weekend we might discuss being generous with our own resources and helping others.
Monday September 25, 2023
Monday of the 25th Week in Ordinary TimeIn the gospel for Monday of the 25th Week in Ordinary Time, Luke 8:16-18, the message revolves around the idea that nothing is hidden that will not be disclosed. It starts with the metaphor of a lamp, stating it's not hidden or put under a bed, but rather placed on a stand to illuminate. The passage underscores the idea that the truth will ultimately be revealed, and what we do in private has public consequences.
Tuesday September 26, 2023
Tuesday of the 25th Week in Ordinary TimeIn the gospel for Tuesday of the 25th Week in Ordinary Time, Luke 8:19-21, Jesus' family come to see him, but the crowd prevents them from reaching him. When informed, Jesus says that his true family are those who hear God's word and put it into practice. This statement provides several insights relevant for modern Catholics.
Wednesday September 27, 2023
Wednesday of the 25th Week in Ordinary TimeIn the gospel for Wednesday of the 25th Week in Ordinary Time Luke 9:1-6, Jesus sends out the Twelve Apostles to preach the Kingdom of God and to heal the sick. He instructs them to take nothing for the journey, relying solely on the hospitality of those they encounter. Several elements in this passage offer insights for contemporary Catholics.
Thursday September 28, 2023
Thursday of the 25th Week in Ordinary TimeIn the gospel for Thursday of the 25th Week in Ordinary Time, Luke 9:7-9, Herod hears about the works of Jesus and his disciples and becomes curious, even perplexed, about Jesus' identity. He wonders if John the Baptist, whom he beheaded, has come back to life. The passage is brief but contains some key points relevant for contemporary Catholics.
Our Lady Undoer of KnotsOur Lady Undoer of Knots is a devotion to our Blessed Mother. In this devotion, Catholics ask Mary to assist us in untying the knots in our lives through her intersession to our Lord Jesus.
Friday September 29, 2023
Sts. Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael, ArchangelsThe archangels are leaders of angels in the army of God. These three archangels are mentioned in scripture. Their feast day is on September 29.
Saturday September 30, 2023
Saturday of the 25th Week in Ordinary TimeIn the gospel for Saturday of the 25th Week in Ordinary Time, Luke 9:43b-45, after performing a miracle, Jesus tells his disciples that he will be betrayed. The disciples don't understand what he's saying, and they're afraid to ask him about it. This short passage provides several points of reflection for contemporary Catholics.
St. Jerome, Priest and DoctorSt. Jerome was born in 347 A.D. He became a Christian in his late teens.He is best known for translating the Bible into Latin. His translation is called the Vulgate. He is considered a Doctor of the Church for his efforts in spreading the Word of God.