Sunday Readings & Reflections

TWENTY-FIFTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

Theme of the Sunday: ACTIONS SPEAK LOUDER THAN WORDS

First Reading: Ezekiel 18:25-28;
Responsorial: Psalm 25;
Second Reading: Philippians 2:1-11 ;
Gospel: Matthew 21:28-32; 

Resources used:
*The Sunday Missal, Paulines Publications Africa


Reflection

Like all parables this little story says something everybody can relate to: being a parent of disobedient sons, or being a son reluctant to work in his father’s business iso 다운로드. Each listener can feel at home in the world of the story and say “yes, this is me”. But soon the listeners realise that this is not simply an innocent, harm· less story Celestial Marriage 1. It is really about their own lives. Jesus has proposed a new way of living and opened up new possibilities of human existence. Like the two sons, each has to make a choice to follow Jesus’ invitation or not gimagex 다운로드. The story suggests that we should behave like the second son and work in the vineyard of our father and not be like the first who agrees” but does not go in the end 앵커 태그.

Christian readers of the parable would have imagined a third ideal possibility: to respond with a “yes” and then act accordingly. A “yes” answer should be followed by a “yes” action (Mt 5:37; James 5: 12; 2 Cor 1: 17 -19) Millennium. But for anyone who initially says “no”, there is always time to reflect and realise that it is the wrong answer and then to correct it with a “yes” and there after live a new life ps4 대기모드 게임 다운로드.

As Christians we said our first “yes” to God at our baptism, and we renew it at every mass, and strengthen it by reading the Bible 페도라 13. But is our “yes” followed by a life of obedience and love of God and our neighbour? “Actions speak louder than words”.

In Israelite society in the first century AD prostitutes and tax collectors were despised and excluded 바람의나라 연 다운로드. Tax collectors were automatically considered sinners because they collaborated with the Romans and often cheated the people. Prostitutes by their questionable morals constituted a visible class of sinners ie10 64 bit 다운로드. They were certainly thought of as excluded from the Kingdom because prostitution is forbidden in the Bible (Lv 19:29; Mt 5:27; 1 Cor 6:13). It was taken for granted that such people were incapable of repentance or of welcoming the grace of God Download the Japanese flag.

But the unthinkable happened. Many of those excluded by society responded to Jesus’ preaching. They repented and believed in the Good News. Matthew describes his own call and how Jesus came to have a meal in his house and other “tax collectors and sinners came and sat at table with him” (Mt 9: 11). Jesus breaks down social barriers and shows that in the Kingdom what counts is not social status but the heart with which one receives the Good News.

Our society marginalizes many groups. We tend to think of street people as criminals, of odd people as witches. We may well discover in them a faith and a desire to know the Word of God and a concern for others that may surprise even those of us who think we are good Christians.

Where in our lives do we say ‘yes ‘to God, yet do not do his will?

Live hope!!!


TWENTY-FIFTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME


***Adapted from “Bible Study and Sharing on the GOSPEL OF MATTHEW for Christian Communities SUNDAYS OF THE YEAR A” by Richard Baawobr MAfr

We pray for the people of Tanzania


Sunday Readings

FIRST READING Ezekiel 18:25-28

“When the wicked man turns away from his wickedness, he shall save his life.”

A reading from the Book of the Prophet Ezekiel

Thus says the Lord: “You say, ‘The way of the Lord is not just.’ Hear now, O house of Israel: Is my way not just? Is it not your ways that are not just? When a righteous man turns away from his righteousness and commits iniquity, he shall die for it; for the iniquity which he has committed he shall die. Again, when a wicked man turns away from the wickedness he has committed and does what is lawful and right, he shall save his life. Because he considered and turned away from all the transgressions which he had committed, he shall surely live, he shall not die.”

The word of the Lord.
RESPONSORIAL PSALM
Psalm 145

Remember your compassion, O Lord.

O Lord, make me know your ways. Teach me your paths. Guide me in your truth, and teach me; for you are the God of my salvation. I have hoped in you all day long. R.

Remember your compassion, O Lord.

Remember your compassion, O Lord, and your merciful love, for they are from of old. Do not remember the sins of my youth, nor my transgressions. In your merciful love remember me, because of your goodness, O Lord.R.

Remember your compassion, O Lord.

Good and upright is the Lord; he shows the way to sinners. He guides the humble in right judgement; to the humble he teaches his way. R.

Remember your compassion, O Lord.







SECOND READING Philippians 2:1-11

“Have this mind among yourselves which was in Christ Jesus.”

A reading from the Letter of Saint Paul to the Philippians

Brethren: If there is any encouragement in Christ, any incentive of love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. Do nothing from selfishness or conceit, but in humility count others better than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which was in Christ Jesus, * who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form he humbled himself and became obedient unto death, even death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

The word of the Lord.

Alleluia. My sheep hear my voice, says the Lord; and I know them, and they follow me. Alleluia.    
 
GOSPEL READING Matthew 21:28-32

“Afterwards he repented and went. The tax collectors and the harlots go into the kingdom of God before you.”

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew

At that time: Jesus told his disciples this parable: At that time: Jesus said to the chief priests and the elders of the people, “What do you think? A man had two sons; and he went to the first and said, ‘Son, go and work in the vineyard today.’ “And he answered, ‘I will not’; but afterwards he repented and went. “And he went to the second and said the same; and he answered, ‘I go, sir,’ but did not go. Which of the two did the will of his father?” They said, “The first.” Jesus said to them, “Truly, I say to you, the tax collectors and the harlots go into the kingdom of God before you. For John came to you in the way of righteousness, and you did not believe him, but the tax collectors and the harlots believed him; and even when you saw it, you did not afterwards repent and believe him.

The Gospel of the Lord.



 

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