Liturgy Planning

Twenty-Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

September 25, 2022

Year C - Lectionary [138]

First Reading

Woe to those who live in luxury | Amos 6:1a, 4-7 

The almighty Lord says this:

Woe to those ensconced so snugly in Zion

and to those who feel so safe on the mountain of Samaria,

those famous men of this first of nations

to whom the House of Israel goes as client.

Lying on ivory beds

and sprawling on their divans,

they dine on lambs from the flock,

and stall-fattened veal;

they bawl to the sound of the harp,

they invent new instruments of music like David,

they drink wine by the bowlful,

and use the finest oil for anointing themselves,

but about the ruin of Joseph they do not care at all.

That is why they will be the first to be exiled;

the sprawlers’ revelry is over.


My soul, give praise to the Lord. or Alleluia! | Psalm 146:7, 8-9a, 9b-10

  It is the Lord who keeps faith for ever,

  who is just to those who are oppressed.

  It is he who gives bread to the hungry,

  the Lord, who sets prisoners free.

My soul, give praise to the Lord. or Alleluia!

  It is the Lord who gives sight to the blind,

  who raises up those who are bowed down.

  It is the Lord who loves the just,

  the Lord, who protects the stranger.

My soul, give praise to the Lord. or Alleluia!

  The Lord upholds the widow and orphan

  but thwarts the path of the wicked.

  The Lord will reign for ever,

  Zion’s God, from age to age.

My soul, give praise to the Lord. or Alleluia!

Second Reading

Do all that you have been told, until the Appearing of the Lord | 1 Timothy 6:11-16 

As a man dedicated to God, you must aim to be saintly and religious, filled with faith and love, patient and gentle. Fight the good fight of the faith and win for yourself the eternal life to which you were called when you made your profession and spoke up for the truth in front of many witnesses. Now, before God the source of all life and before Christ, who spoke up as a witness for the truth in front of Pontius Pilate, I put to you the duty of doing all that you have been told, with no faults or failures, until the Appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ,

who at the due time will be revealed

by God, the blessed and only Ruler of all,

the King of kings and the Lord of lords,

who alone is immortal,

whose home is in inaccessible light,

whom no man has seen and no man is able to see:

to him be honour and everlasting power. Amen.

Gospel Acclamation

The sheep that belong to me listen to my voice, says the Lord,  I know them and they follow me. | Jn 10:27


Jesus Christ was rich, but he became poor for your sake, to make you rich out of his poverty. | 2 Co 8:9


Dives and Lazarus | Luke 16:19-31

Jesus said to the Pharisees: ‘There was a rich man who used to dress in purple and fine linen and feast magnificently every day. And at his gate there lay a poor man called Lazarus, covered with sores, who longed to fill himself with the scraps that fell from the rich man’s table. Dogs even came and licked his sores. Now the poor man died and was carried away by the angels to the bosom of Abraham. The rich man also died and was buried.

  ‘In his torment in Hades he looked up and saw Abraham a long way off with Lazarus in his bosom. So he cried out, “Father Abraham, pity me and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, for I am in agony in these flames.” “My son,” Abraham replied “remember that during your life good things came your way, just as bad things came the way of Lazarus. Now he is being comforted here while you are in agony. But that is not all: between us and you a great gulf has been fixed, to stop anyone, if he wanted to, crossing from our side to yours, and to stop any crossing from your side to ours.”

  ‘The rich man replied, “Father, I beg you then to send Lazarus to my father’s house, since I have five brothers, to give them warning so that they do not come to this place of torment too.” “They have Moses and the prophets,” said Abraham “let them listen to them.” “Ah no, father Abraham,” said the rich man “but if someone comes to them from the dead, they will repent.” Then Abraham said to him, “If they will not listen either to Moses or to the prophets, they will not be convinced even if someone should rise from the dead.”’


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 146: Happy the Poor in Spirit
Composer: Porter, Thomas J.
Publisher: GIA
Psalm 146: I Will Praise the Lord All My Days
Composer: Isele, David Clark
Publisher: GIA
Psalm 146: Lord, Come and Save Us
Composer: Haugen, Marty
Publisher: GIA
Psalm 23: I Shall Live in the House
Composer: Warner, Steven C.
Publisher: WLP
Psalm 63: Your Love Is Finer Than Life
Composer: Haugen, Marty
Publisher: GIA

Hymns & Songs

Gather Us In
Composer: Haugen, Marty
Text: Haugen, Marty
Publisher: GIA
Gift of Finest Wheat
Composer: Kreutz, Robert E.
Text: Westendorf, Omer
Here I Am, Lord
Composer: Schutte, Dan
Text: Schutte, Dan
Publisher: OCP
In Christ There Is No East or West
Text: Oxenham, John
Jesus, Remember Me
Composer: Berthier, Jacques
Text: Taize Community
Publisher: GIA
Only This I Want
Composer: Schutte, Dan
Text: Schutte, Dan
Publisher: OCP
Psalm 34: The Cry of the Poor
Composer: Foley SJ, John
Publisher: OCP
Psalm 39/40: Here I Am, O God
Composer: Warner, Steven C.
Publisher: WLP
Sent Forth by God’s Blessing
Composer: Traditional Welsh folk melody
Text: Westendorf, Omer
Publisher: WLP
The Servant Song
Composer: Gillard, Richard
Text: Gillard, Richard
We Walk by Faith
Composer: Haugen, Marty
Text: Alford, Henry
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