Readings of the Day: Twenty-fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Every day I will bless thee, and praise thy name for ever and ever. Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised, and his greatness is unsearchable.

Readings of the Day: Twenty-fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Reading for the Day
Isaiah 55:6-9

  • 6 "Seek the LORD while he may be found, call upon him while he is near;
  • 7 let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts; let him return to the LORD, that he may have mercy on him, and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.
  • 8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, says the LORD.
  • 9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.


Responsorial Psalm
Psalms 145:2-3, 8-9, 17-18

Response: The Lord is near to all who call upon him.

  • 2 Every day I will bless thee, and praise thy name for ever and ever.
  • 3 Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised, and his greatness is unsearchable. R
  • 8 The LORD is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.
  • 9 The LORD is good to all, and his compassion is over all that he has made. R
  • 17 The LORD is just in all his ways, and kind in all his doings.
  • 18 The LORD is near to all who call upon him, to all who call upon him in truth. R

Second Reading for the Day
Philippians 1:20-24, 27

  • 20 as it is my eager expectation and hope that I shall not be at all ashamed, but that with full courage now as always Christ will be honored in my body, whether by life or by death.
  • 21 For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.
  • 22 If it is to be life in the flesh, that means fruitful labor for me. Yet which I shall choose I cannot tell.
  • 23 I am hard pressed between the two. My desire is to depart and be with Christ, for that is far better.
  • 24 But to remain in the flesh is more necessary on your account.
  • 27 Only let your manner of life be worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent,
  • I may hear of you that you stand firm in one spirit, with one mind striving side by side for the faith of the gospel,

Gospel for the Day
Matthew 20:1-16

  • 1 "For the kingdom of heaven is like a householder who went out early in the morning to hire laborers for his vineyard.
  • 2 After agreeing with the laborers for a denarius a day, he sent them into his vineyard.
  • 3 And going out about the third hour he saw others standing idle in the market place;
  • 4 and to them he said, `You go into the vineyard too, and whatever is right I will give you.' So they went.
  • 5 Going out again about the sixth hour and the ninth hour, he did the same.
  • 6 And about the eleventh hour he went out and found others standing; and he said to them, `Why do you stand here idle all day?'
  • 7 They said to him, `Because no one has hired us.' He said to them, `You go into the vineyard too.'
  • 8 And when evening came, the owner of the vineyard said to his steward, `Call the laborers and pay them their wages, beginning with the last, up to the first.'
  • 9 And when those hired about the eleventh hour came, each of them received a denarius.
  • 10 Now when the first came, they thought they would receive more; but each of them also received a denarius.
  • 11 And on receiving it they grumbled at the householder,
  • 12 saying, `These last worked only one hour, and you have made them equal to us who have borne the burden of the day and the scorching heat.'
  • 13 But he replied to one of them, `Friend, I am doing you no wrong; did you not agree with me for a denarius?
  • 14 Take what belongs to you, and go; I choose to give to this last as I give to you.
  • 15 Am I not allowed to do what I choose with what belongs to me? Or do you begrudge my generosity?'
  • 16 So the last will be first, and the first last."
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