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Lector's Notes
by Gregory Warnusz

First Reading

Proclaiming It: First, note that there are two voices speaking in succession. The prophet utters the first two sentences. If the historical and theological assertions above are correct, the prophet’s audience must have thought his message too good to be true. So he must have spoken emphatically and persuasively. Imitate him. But the last two sentences are the very words of the Lord. As a mortal speaking them, you should sound awed. That’s a different tone of voice than the one recommended for the prophet’s words. If you let the words awe you in quiet prayer over them, you may sound so..

Second Reading

Proclaiming It: Study the text carefully so you know his reasons for preferring death and for preferring life. Know which sentences come down on which side of the debate. When you read this to the congregation, try to make his anguish apparent in your voice.

Intro to Readings
by Gregory Warnusz

First Reading

Isaiah speaks two sentences of his own words, followed by two sentences of God’s own words. For a discouraged people who did not believe they could be forgiven and enjoy renewal, God has a contradictory message.

Second Reading

Writing to a mature community of his good friends, Saint Paul ponders whether he should welcome death. For an interesting reason, he decides “Not yet.”

Gospel

Jesus tells another parable that defies what we would call common sense, because he is speaking about God’s ways.

Key Themes Related to Sunday' Readings

Year A

25th

Sunday in Ordinary Time

Mt 20:1-16a

This Week's Theme

God's generosity

WIKIPEDIA

The Parable of the Workers in the Vineyard (also called the Parable of the Laborers in the Vineyard or the Parable of the Generous Employer) is a parable of Jesus which appears in the Gospel of Matthew in the New Testament. In Matthew 20:1–16, Jesus says that any "laborer" who accepts the invitation to the work in the vineyard (said by Jesus to represent the Kingdom of Heaven), no matter how late in the day, will receive an equal reward with those who have been faithful the longest.

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25 Sunday in Ordinary Time

God's generosity

Gospel : Matthew 20:1-16a

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The parable of the vineyard.

  • Throughout the Gospel of Matthew, the author gives new interpretations to Jewish laws.
  • Today’s parable shows the power and generosity of God, along with the need for human willingness.
  • Jesus’ parable teaches that God is merciful to all.
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WIKIPEDIA ARTICLE
The Parable of the Workers in the Vineyard (also called the Parable of the Laborers in the Vineyard or the Parable of the Generous Employer) is a parable of Jesus which appears in the Gospel of Matthew in the New Testament. In Matthew 20:1–16, Jesus says that any “laborer” who accepts the invitation to the work in the vineyard (said by Jesus to represent the Kingdom of Heaven), no matter how late in the day, will receive an equal reward with those who have been faithful the longest.

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25 Sunday in Ordinary Time

God's generosity

Reading I: Isaiah 55:6-9

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Seek the Lord while he may be found.

  • In the reading from Isaiah, God’s justice is measured by the demands of mercy.
  • The prophet tells God’s people in exile that a return to their land is possible.
  • Only in faith would the people be able to seek the Lord and turn from their evil ways.

Reading II: Philippians 1:20c-24, 27a

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To me, life means Christ.

  • The Letter to the Philippians was written when Paul was imprisoned.
  • In today’s passage, Paul asks the Philippians to imitate Christ.
  • Even in prison Paul was willing to continue working in the vineyard, knowing that his reward would be far greater than he could imagine.
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