Liturgy of the Sunday

Deel Op

Twenty-fifth Sunday of Ordinary Time

First Reading

Isaiah 55,6-9

Seek out Yahweh while he is still to be found, call to him while he is still near. Let the wicked abandon his way and the evil one his thoughts. Let him turn back to Yahweh who will take pity on him, to our God, for he is rich in forgiveness; for my thoughts are not your thoughts and your ways are not my ways, declares Yahweh. For the heavens are as high above earth as my ways are above your ways, my thoughts above your thoughts.


Psalm 144


Let us praise your name, O Lord, for ever and ever.

I will give you glory, O God my King,
I will bless your name for ever.

I will bless you day after day
and praise your name for ever.

the Lord is great, highly to be praised,
His greatness cannot be measured.

Age to age shall proclaim your works,
shall declare your mighty deeds,

shall speak to your splendour and glory,
tell the tale of your wonderful works.

They will speak of your terrible deeds,
recount your greatness and might.

They will recall your abundant goodness;
age to age shall ring out your justice.

The Lord is kind and full of compassion,
slow to anger, abounding in love.

How good is the Lord to all,
compassionate to all his creatures.

All your creatures shall thank you, O Lord,
and your friends shall repeat their blessing.

They shall speak of the glory of your reign
and declare your might, O God,

to make known to men your mighty deeds
and the glorious splendour of your reign.

Yours is an everlasting kingdom;
your rule lasts from age to age.

The Lord is faithful in all in words
and loving in all his deeds.

The Lord supports all who fall
and raises all who are bowed down.

The eyes of all creatures look to you
and you give them their food in due time.

You open wide your hand
grant the desires of all who live.

The Lord is just in all his ways
and loving in all his deeds.

He is close to all who call him,
who call on him from their hearts.

He grants the desires of those who fear him,
he hears their cry and he saves them.

The Lord protects all who love him;
but the wicked he will utterly destroy.

Let me speak the praise of the Lord,
let all mankind bless his holy name
for ever, for ages unending.

Second Reading

Philippians 1,20-27

all in accordance with my most confident hope and trust that I shall never have to admit defeat, but with complete fearlessness I shall go on, so that now, as always, Christ will be glorified in my body, whether by my life or my death. Life to me, of course, is Christ, but then death would be a positive gain. On the other hand again, if to be alive in the body gives me an opportunity for fruitful work, I do not know which I should choose. I am caught in this dilemma: I want to be gone and to be with Christ, and this is by far the stronger desire- and yet for your sake to stay alive in this body is a more urgent need. This much I know for certain, that I shall stay and stand by you all, to encourage your advance and your joy in the faith, so that my return to be among you may increase to overflowing your pride in Jesus Christ on my account. But you must always behave in a way that is worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come to you and see for myself or whether I only hear all about you from a distance, I shall find that you are standing firm and united in spirit, battling, as a team with a single aim, for the faith of the gospel,

Reading of the Gospel

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Yesterday I was buried with Christ,
today I rise with you who are risen.
With you I was crucified;
remember me, Lord, in your kingdom.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Matthew 20,1-16

'Now 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. Then at about the eleventh hour he went out and found more men standing around, 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 into my vineyard too." In the evening, the owner of the vineyard said to his bailiff, "Call the workers and pay them 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, they expected to get more, but they too received one denarius each. They took it, but grumbled at the landowner saying, "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 choose to pay the lastcomer as much as I pay you. Have I no right to do what I like with my own? Why should you be envious because I am generous?" Thus the last will be first, and the first, last.'


Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Yesterday I was buried with Christ,
today I rise with you who are risen.
With you I was crucified;
remember me, Lord, in your kingdom.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia


We read in Isaiah: "For my thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways my ways, says the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts" (Is 55: 8-9). God's love is so much larger than ours, but we only recognize how little we are by coming into contact with his thought and his ways. Conforming to him, we find ourselves. Jesus is other from the mentality of the world. This is also the meaning of the parable of the workers at the last hour, as reported by Matthew. It seemed strange: a master who gives the same pay to those who have worked the entire day as those who only worked for an hour. It was completely outside of regular salary justice. We know this parable well. An agriculture businessman, needing workers for his vineyard goes to the square to find them five times since dawn. He negotiates one coin pay for them. He needs them and goes to look for them five times. At the last time he invites those who were still waiting. And they respond: "No one has hired us." It is a sentence that makes us think of so many people, young and less young, unemployed, and not just job-wise but unable to build a life of solidarity. The evening has arrived, the parable continues and the payment begins. The last ones receive one coin each. The first, seeing this, think they are going to get more. It would be logical to think so, perhaps even just. The surprise in seeing themselves treated like the last ones brings them to murmur against the master: "This is not fair" they are tempted to say. And actually the listeners of the parable (us too perhaps) feel the same. But it is precisely here the difference between heaven and earth.
First to be clarified is that Jesus does not want to impart a lesson of social justice, but he wants to show how the Father acts, his mercy, and how it overcomes the common way of thinking. This extraordinary mercy creates murmurs and scandals. It is not that God distributes his recompense randomly, giving some more or some less. God is not unjust to anyone and nor is he senseless. In truth, he is guided by the greatness of his goodness to give each according to need. God's justice does not sit within an abstract principle of equity, but is measured on the need of his children. This parable drives us to consider the great wisdom which resides in this way indicated to us. Our reward consists in being called to work in the vineyard of the Lord and in the consolation that comes from it, it does not matter if one has been in the vineyard for a long time or just a little.