Liturgy Planning

Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

July 31, 2022

Year C - Lectionary [114]

First Reading

Ecclesiastes 1:2, 2:21-23  | What profit comes to a man from all his toil?

Vanity of vanities, the Preacher says. Vanity of vanities. All is vanity!

For so it is that a man who has laboured wisely, skilfully and successfully must leave what is his own to someone who has not toiled for it at all. This, too, is vanity and great injustice; for what does he gain for all the toil and strain that he has undergone under the sun? What of all his laborious days, his cares of office, his restless nights? This, too, is vanity.


Psalm 90:3-4, 5-6, 12-14, 17 | O Lord, you have been our refuge from one generation to the next.

  You turn men back to dust

  and say: ‘Go back, sons of men.’

  To your eyes a thousand years

  are like yesterday, come and gone,

  no more than a watch in the night.

O Lord, you have been our refuge from one generation to the next.

  You sweep men away like a dream,

  like the grass which springs up in the morning.

  In the morning it springs up and flowers:

  by evening it withers and fades.

O Lord, you have been our refuge from one generation to the next.

  Make us know the shortness of our life

  that we may gain wisdom of heart.

  Lord, relent! Is your anger for ever?

  Show pity to your servants.

O Lord, you have been our refuge from one generation to the next.

  In the morning, fill us with your love;

  we shall exult and rejoice all our days.

  Let the favour of the Lord be upon us:

  give success to the work of our hands.

O Lord, you have been our refuge from one generation to the next.

Second Reading

Colossians 3:1-5, 9-11 | Seek what is above, where Christ is.

Since you have been brought back to true life with Christ, you must look for the things that are in heaven, where Christ is, sitting at God’s right hand. Let your thoughts be on heavenly things, not on the things that are on the earth, because you have died, and now the life you have is hidden with Christ in God. But when Christ is revealed – and he is your life – you too will be revealed in all your glory with him.

That is why you must kill everything in you that belongs only to earthly life: fornication, impurity, guilty passion, evil desires and especially greed, which is the same thing as worshipping a false god; and never tell each other lies. You have stripped off your old behaviour with your old self, and you have put on a new self which will progress towards true knowledge the more it is renewed in the image of its creator; and in that image there is no room for distinction between Greek and Jew, between the circumcised or the uncircumcised, or between barbarian and Scythian, slave and free man. There is only Christ: he is everything and he is in everything.

Gospel Acclamation

Your word is truth, O Lord: consecrate us in the truth.



How happy are the poor in spirit: theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Matthew 5:3


Luke 12:13-21  | The things you have prepared, to whom will they belong?

A man in the crowd said to Jesus, ‘Master, tell my brother to give me a share of our inheritance.’ ‘My friend,’ he replied, ‘who appointed me your judge, or the arbitrator of your claims?’ Then he said to them, ‘Watch, and be on your guard against avarice of any kind, for a man’s life is not made secure by what he owns, even when he has more than he needs.’

Then he told them a parable: ‘There was once a rich man who, having had a good harvest from his land, thought to himself, “What am I to do? I have not enough room to store my crops.” Then he said, “This is what I will do: I will pull down my barns and build bigger ones, and store all my grain and my goods in them, and I will say to my soul: My soul, you have plenty of good things laid by for many years to come; take things easy, eat, drink, have a good time.” But God said to him, “Fool! This very night the demand will be made for your soul; and this hoard of yours, whose will it be then?” So it is when a man stores up treasure for himself in place of making himself rich in the sight of God.’




'Scripture readings taken from The Jerusalem Bible, published and copyright 1966 by Darton, Longman and Todd Ltd, and used by permission of the publishers'


Psalm 90: May the Gracious Care
Composer: Warner, Steven C.
Publisher: WLP

Hymns & Songs

God, Whose Giving Knows No Ending
Composer: The Sacred Harp
Text: Edwards, Robert L.
In Christ There Is No East or West
Text: Oxenham, John
Keep in Mind
Composer: Deiss, Lucien
Text: 2 Timothy 2:8-12
Publisher: WLP
Lord, When You Came / Pescador de Hombres
Composer: Gabarain, Cesareo
Text: Gabarain, Cesareo
Publisher: OCP
Make Me a Channel of Your Peace
Composer: Temple, Sebastian
Text: Prayer of St. Francis
Publisher: GIA
O God, Our Help in Ages Past
Text: Watts, Isaac
Publisher: WLP
Seek Ye First The Kingdom
Publisher: IND
Table of Plenty
Composer: Schutte, Dan
Text: Schutte, Dan
Publisher: OCP
We Are the Light of the World
Composer: Greif, Jean A.
Text: Greif, Jean A.