Liturgy Planning

Twenty-Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

September 24, 2023

Year A - Lectionary [133]

First Reading

My thoughts are not your thoughts | Isaiah 55:6-9

Seek the Lord while he is still to be found,
call to him while he is still near.
Let the wicked man abandon his way,
the evil man his thoughts.
Let him turn back to the Lord who will take pity on him,
to our God who is rich in forgiving;
for my thoughts are not your thoughts,
my ways not your ways – it is the Lord who speaks.
Yes, the heavens are as high above earth
as my ways are above your ways,
my thoughts above your thoughts.

The Lord is close to all who call him. | Psalm 145:2-3, 8-9, 17-18

I will bless you day after day
and praise your name for ever.
The Lord is great, highly to be praised,
his greatness cannot be measured.
   The Lord is close to all who call him.
The Lord is kind and full of compassion,
slow to anger, abounding in love.
How good is the Lord to all,
compassionate to all his creatures.
   The Lord is close to all who call him.
The Lord is just in all his ways
and loving in all his deeds.
He is close to all who call him,
who call on him from their hearts.
   The Lord is close to all who call him.
Second Reading

Life to me is Christ; but death would bring me more | Philippians 1:20c-24, 27a

Christ will be glorified in my body, whether by my life or by my death. Life to me, of course, is Christ, but then death would bring me something more; but then again, if living in this body means doing work which is having good results – I do not know what I should choose. I am caught in this dilemma: I want to be gone and be with Christ, which would be very much the better, but for me to stay alive in this body is a more urgent need for your sake.
Avoid anything in your everyday lives that would be unworthy of the gospel of Christ.
Gospel Acclamation
Blessings on the King who comes,
in the name of the Lord!
Peace in heaven
and glory in the highest heavens!
Open our heart, O Lord,
to accept the words of your Son.

Why be envious because I am generous? | Matthew 20:1-16a

Jesus said to his disciples: ‘The kingdom of heaven is like a landowner going out at daybreak to hire workers for his vineyard. He made an agreement with the workers for one denarius a day, and sent them to his vineyard. Going out at about the third hour he saw others standing idle in the market place and said to them, “You go to my vineyard too and I will give you a fair wage.” So they went. At about the sixth hour and again at about the ninth hour, he went out and did the same. Then at about the eleventh hour he went out and found more men standing round, and he said to them, “Why have you been standing here idle all day?” “Because no one has hired us” they answered. He said to them, “You go into my vineyard too.” In the evening, the owner of the vineyard said to his bailiff, “Call the workers and pay them their wages, starting with the last arrivals and ending with the first.” So those who were hired at about the eleventh hour came forward and received one denarius each. When the first came, they expected to get more, but they too received one denarius each. They took it, but grumbled at the landowner. “The men who came last” they said “have done only one hour, and you have treated them the same as us, though we have done a heavy day’s work in all the heat.” He answered one of them and said, “My friend, I am not being unjust to you; did we not agree on one denarius? Take your earnings and go. I choose to pay the last comer as much as I pay you. Have I no right to do what I like with my own? Why be envious because I am generous?” Thus the last will be first, and the first, last.’
'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 145: I Will Praise Your Name (Roberts)
Composer: Roberts, Leon
Psalm 145: I Will Praise Your Name (Willcock)
Composer: Wilcock, Christopher
Publisher: GIA
Psalm 63: Your Love Is Finer Than Life
Composer: Haugen, Marty
Publisher: GIA
The Lord Is Close
Composer: O'Carroll, Fintan
Publisher: IND

Hymns & Songs

All Who Hunger
Composer: Moore, Bob
Text: Dunstan, Sylvia
Publisher: GIA
City of God
Composer: Schutte, Dan
Text: Schutte, Dan
Publisher: OCP
Come, All You Blessed Ones
Composer: Warner, Steven C.
Text: Psalm 23 and 34
Publisher: WLP
For the Beauty of the Earth
Text: Pierpoint, Folliot S.
God, Whose Giving Knows No Ending
Composer: The Sacred Harp
Text: Edwards, Robert L.
I Am the Vine
Composer: Warner, Steven C.
Text: John 15: 1-8
Publisher: WLP
In Christ There Is a Table Set for All
Composer: Stamps, Robert J.
Text: Stamps, Robert J.
Lord, Whose Love in Humble Service
Composer: Albert F. Bayly
Text: Albert F. Bayly
Make Us True Servants
Composer: Irish Traditional
Text: Wente, Susan G.
Publisher: WLP
Restless is the Heart
Composer: Farrell, Bernadette
Publisher: OCP
Seed, Scattered and Sown
Composer: Feiten, Dan
Text: Feiten, Dan
Set Your Heart on the Higher Gifts
Composer: Warner, Steven C.
Text: 1 Corinthians 12:31-13:13
Publisher: WLP
Take and Eat This Bread
Composer: O’Brien, Francis Patrick
Text: O’Brien, Francis Patrick
Publisher: GIA
This Day God Gives Me
Composer: Haas, David
Text: Quinn SJ, James
Publisher: GIA
Ubi Caritas et Amor
Composer: Berthier, Jaques
Publisher: GIA
We Are Many Parts
Composer: Haugen, Marty
Text: Haugen, Marty
Publisher: GIA
We Live a Mystery
Composer: Connolly, Michael
Text: Connolly, Michael
Publisher: GIA
Where Charity and Love Prevail
Composer: Benoit OSB, Paul
Text: Westendorf, Omer
Publisher: WLP
You Are Near
Composer: Schutte, Dan
Text: Schutte, Dan
Publisher: New Dawn Music
You Have Put On Christ
Composer: Waddell OCSO, Chrysogonous
Text: ICEL
Publisher: WLP