Liturgy Team

Sunday, September 20, 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time


Workers in the Vineyard

In our Gospel reading today, we hear Jesus' parabale about the workers in the in vineyard.

"The kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out at dawn to hire laborers for his vineyard. After agreeing with them for the usual daily wage, he sent them into his vineyard. Going out about nine o'ckicjm the landowner saw others standing idle in the marketplace, and he said to them'You too go into my vineyard, and I will ive you what is just.' So they went off.  And he went out again around noon, and around three o'clock did likewise.  Going out about five o'clock, the landowner found others standing around, and said to them, 'Why do you stand here idle all day?' They answered, 'Because no one has hired us.' He said to them,'You too go into my vineyard.' Whenit was evening the owner of the vineyard said to his foreman, 'Summon the laborers and give them their pay beginning with the last and ending with the first.' When those who had started abou five o'clock came, each received the usual wage. And on receiving it they grumbled against the landowner, saying 'These last ones worked only one hour, and you have made them equal to us, who bore the day's burden and the heat.' He said to one of them in reply 'My friend, I am not cheating you. Did you not agree with me for the usual daily wage? Take what is yours and go. What if I wish to give this last one the same as you? Or am I not free to do as I wish with my own money? Are you envious because I am generous?' Thus the last wil be firest, and the first will be last."   Matthew 20:1-16

Today's readings are:  Isaih 55:6-9; Psalm 145:2-3,8-9,17-18 [The Lord is near to all who call upon Him]; Philippians 1:20-24,27; Matthew 20:1-16.  See copy attached.