Liturgy Planning

Twenty-Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

September 17, 2023

Year A - Lectionary [130]

First Reading

Forgive your neighbour the hurt he does you; and when you pray, your sins will be forgiven | Ecclesiasticus 27:33-28:9

Resentment and anger, these are foul things,
and both are found with the sinner.
He who exacts vengeance will experience the vengeance of the Lord,
who keeps strict account of sin.
Forgive your neighbour the hurt he does you,
and when you pray, your sins will be forgiven.
If a man nurses anger against another,
can he then demand compassion from the Lord?
Showing no pity for a man like himself,
can he then plead for his own sins?
Mere creature of flesh, he cherishes resentment;
who will forgive him his sins?
Remember the last things, and stop hating,
remember dissolution and death, and live by the commandments.
Remember the commandments, and do not bear your neighbour ill-will;
remember the covenant of the Most High, and overlook the offence.

The Lord is compassion and love, slow to anger and rich in mercy. | Psalm 102(103):1-4,9-12

My soul, give thanks to the Lord
all my being, bless his holy name.
My soul, give thanks to the Lord
and never forget all his blessings.
   The Lord is compassion and love, slow to anger and rich in mercy.
It is he who forgives all your guilt,
who heals every one of your ills,
who redeems your life from the grave,
who crowns you with love and compassion.
   The Lord is compassion and love, slow to anger and rich in mercy.
His wrath will come to an end;
he will not be angry for ever.
He does not treat us according to our sins
nor repay us according to our faults.
   The Lord is compassion and love, slow to anger and rich in mercy.
For as the heavens are high above the earth
so strong is his love for those who fear him.
As far as the east is from the west
so far does he remove our sins.
   The Lord is compassion and love, slow to anger and rich in mercy.
Second Reading

Alive or dead, we belong to the Lord | Romans 14:7-9

The life and death of each of us has its influence on others; if we live, we live for the Lord; and if we die, we die for the Lord, so that alive or dead we belong to the Lord. This explains why Christ both died and came to life: it was so that he might be Lord both of the dead and of the living.
Gospel Acclamation
Speak, Lord, your servant is listening:
you have the message of eternal life.
I give you a new commandment:
love one another just as I have loved you,
says the Lord.
John 13:34

To be forgiven, you must forgive | Matthew 18:21-35

Peter went up to Jesus and said, ‘Lord, how often must I forgive my brother if he wrongs me? As often as seven times?’ Jesus answered, ‘Not seven, I tell you, but seventy-seven times.
‘And so the kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who decided to settle his accounts with his servants. When the reckoning began, they brought him a man who owed ten thousand talents; but he had no means of paying, so his master gave orders that he should be sold, together with his wife and children and all his possessions, to meet the debt. At this, the servant threw himself down at his master’s feet. “Give me time” he said “and I will pay the whole sum.” And the servant’s master felt so sorry for him that he let him go and cancelled the debt. Now as this servant went out, he happened to meet a fellow servant who owed him one hundred denarii; and he seized him by the throat and began to throttle him. “Pay what you owe me” he said. His fellow servant fell at his feet and implored him, saying, “Give me time and I will pay you.” But the other would not agree; on the contrary, he had him thrown into prison till he should pay the debt. His fellow servants were deeply distressed when they saw what had happened, and they went to their master and reported the whole affair to him. Then the master sent for him. “You wicked servant,” he said “I cancelled all that debt of yours when you appealed to me. Were you not bound, then, to have pity on your fellow servant just as I had pity on you?” And in his anger the master handed him over to the torturers till he should pay all his debt. And that is how my heavenly Father will deal with you unless you each forgive your brother from your heart.’
'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 103: El Señor Es Compasivo
Composer: Kolar, Peter M.
Publisher: WLP
Psalm 103: The Lord Is Compassion and Love
Composer: Warner, Steven C.
Publisher: WLP
Psalm 103: The Lord Is Kind and Merciful (Cotter)
Composer: Cotter, Jeanne
Publisher: GIA
Psalm 103: The Lord Is Kind and Merciful (Haugen)
Composer: Haugen, Marty
Publisher: GIA
Psalm 63: In the Shadow of Your Wings
Composer: Joncas, Michael
Publisher: GIA
Psalm 63: Your Love Is Finer Than Life
Composer: Haugen, Marty
Publisher: GIA

Hymns & Songs

Alleluia! Alleluia! Let the Holy Anthem
Publisher: PD
Amazing Grace
Text: Newton, John / Rees, John
Publisher: GIA
Bread for the World
Composer: Farrell, Bernadette
Text: Farrell, Bernadette
Publisher: OCP
City of God
Composer: Schutte, Dan
Text: Schutte, Dan
Publisher: OCP
Coventry Litany of Reconciliation
Composer: Warner, Steven C.
Text: Warner, Steven C.
Publisher: WLP
Eat This Bread
Composer: Berthier, Jacques
Text: Taize Community
Publisher: GIA
Forgive Our Sins As We Forgive
Composer: Kentucky Harmony
Text: Herklots, Rosamund E.
Publisher: GIA
God of Day and God of Darkness
Composer: The Sacred Harp
Text: Haugen, Marty
Publisher: GIA
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
Let Us Break Bread Together
Composer: African-American Spiritual
Text: African-American Spiritual
Lord, Whose Love in Humble Service
Composer: Albert F. Bayly
Text: Albert F. Bayly
Love Divine, All Loves Excelling
Text: Wesley, Charles
Psalm 116: Our Blessing Cup
Composer: Haugen, Marty
Publisher: GIA
Psalm 34: The Cry of the Poor
Composer: Foley SJ, John
Publisher: OCP
Ubi Caritas et Amor
Composer: Berthier, Jaques
Publisher: GIA
Where Charity and Love Prevail
Composer: Benoit OSB, Paul
Text: Westendorf, Omer
Publisher: WLP