25th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A

Published on 18 Sep 2017
Vineyard with grapes.
O God,

who founded all the commands of your sacred Law

upon love of you and of our neighbour,

grant that, by keeping your precepts,

we may merit to attain eternal life.

Seek the Lord while he is still to be found, call to him while he is still near. First Reading

The Lord is kind and full of compassion, slow to anger, abounding in love. Responsorial Psalm

Life to me, of course, is Christ. Second Reading

Have I no right to do what I like with my own? Why be envious because I am generous? Gospel

This week’s texts if you’d like to reflect further:

Isaiah 55: 6–9; Psalm 144 (145); Philippians 1: 20–24, 27; Matthew 20: 1–16a

The words ‘My thoughts are not your thoughts, my ways not your ways’, summarise the themes found in this week’s readings.

In Isaiah, the First Reading, the people, exiled in Babylon, are encouraged to trust in God. God has plans for them.

Today’s Gospel is a parable from Matthew, and may cause us to stop and consider God’s ways. This is not how we would act. It calls us to rethink our understanding of justice and generosity.

Psalm 144 (145) is a song of praise to God, emphasising especially his greatness, and particularly his attributes of compassion, kindness, and abounding love; his lack of anger, and his closeness.

St Paul, in the Second Reading, is caught in a dilemma. He, too, has difficulty in understanding God’s ways. He wants to be with Christ, but he also wishes to continue his work on earth. His measure is the Gospel and trusting in God’s will for him – whatever it may be.

As we read, pray and live the readings this week, we may also try and pull ourselves up short on our preconceived notions of God’s actions.