Sunday 24th September 2017 - Twenty-fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A)
Liturgy of the Word
Ps 144:2-3.8-9.17-18. R.v18
Phil 1:20-24. 27
The Lord is near to all who call him.
Open our hearts, O Lord, to listen to the words of your Son.
A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew
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. The 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 to my vineyard too.” In the evening, the owner of the vineyard said to his bailiff, “Call the workers and pay them for 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, he expected to get more, but they too received one denarius each. They took it, but grumbled at the landowner. “The men who came last 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 chose 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 will be last.”
Next Sunday's Readings:
Ps 24:4-9. R.v 6
The scriptural quotations are taken from the Jerusalem Bible, published and copyright 1966, 1967 and 1968 by Darton Longman and Todd Ltd and Doubleday & Co Inc, and used by permission of the publishers.
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