Liturgy Planning

Twenty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

September 4, 2022

Year C - Lectionary [129]

First Reading

Wisdom 9:13-18b  | Who can conceive what the Lord intends?

What man indeed can know the intentions of God?

Who can divine the will of the Lord?

The reasonings of mortals are unsure

and our intentions unstable;

for a perishable body presses down the soul,

and this tent of clay weighs down the teeming mind.

It is hard enough for us to work out what is on earth,

laborious to know what lies within our reach;

who, then, can discover what is in the heavens?

As for your intention, who could have learnt it, had you not granted Wisdom

and sent your holy spirit from above?

Thus have the paths of those on earth been straightened

and men been taught what pleases you,

and saved, by Wisdom.


Psalm 90:3-4, 5-6, 12-13, 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

Philemon 9-10, 12-17  | He is a slave no longer, but a dear brother in the Lord

This is Paul writing, an old man now and, what is more, still a prisoner of Christ Jesus. I am appealing to you for a child of mine, whose father I became while wearing these chains: I mean Onesimus. I am sending him back to you, and with him – I could say – a part of my own self. I should have liked to keep him with me; he could have been a substitute for you, to help me while I am in the chains that the Good News has brought me. However, I did not want to do anything without your consent; it would have been forcing your act of kindness, which should be spontaneous. I know you have been deprived of Onesimus for a time, but it was only so that you could have him back for ever, not as a slave any more, but something much better than a slave, a dear brother; especially dear to me, but how much more to you, as a blood-brother as well as a brother in the Lord. So if all that we have in common means anything to you, welcome him as you would me.

Gospel Acclamation

Let your face shine on your servant; and teach me your decrees.

Psalm 119:135 


Luke 14:25-33 | Anyone of you who does not renounce all possessions cannot be my disciple.

Great crowds accompanied Jesus on his way and he turned and spoke to them. ‘If any man comes to me without hating his father, mother, wife, children, brothers, sisters, yes and his own life too, he cannot be my disciple. Anyone who does not carry his cross and come after me cannot be my disciple.

‘And indeed, which of you here, intending to build a tower, would not first sit down and work out the cost to see if he had enough to complete it? Otherwise, if he laid the foundation and then found himself unable to finish the work, the onlookers would all start making fun of him and saying, “Here is a man who started to build and was unable to finish.” Or again, what king marching to war against another king would not first sit down and consider whether with ten thousand men he could stand up to the other who advanced against him with twenty thousand? If not, then while the other king was still a long way off, he would send envoys to sue for peace. So in the same way, none of you can be my disciple unless he gives up all his possessions.’


'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 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
Psalm 90: In Ev'ry Age
Composer: Guimont, Michel
Publisher: GIA

Hymns & Songs

Center of My Life
Composer: Inwood, Paul
Text: Inwood, Paul
Publisher: OCP
For You Are My God
Composer: Foley SJ, John
Text: Foley SJ, John
Publisher: OCP
Gather Us In
Composer: Haugen, Marty
Text: Haugen, Marty
Publisher: GIA
I Am the Vine
Composer: Warner, Steven C.
Text: John 15: 1-8
Publisher: WLP
In Christ There Is No East or West
Text: Oxenham, John
On Eagle's Wings
Composer: Joncas, Michael
Text: Joncas, Michael
Publisher: OCP
One Bread, One Body
Composer: Foley SJ, John
Text: Foley SJ, John
Publisher: GIA
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
Set Your Heart on the Higher Gifts
Composer: Warner, Steven C.
Text: 1 Corinthians 12:31-13:13
Publisher: WLP
We Are the Light of the World
Composer: Greif, Jean A.
Text: Greif, Jean A.
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