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April 15, 2024

Ordinary Time

For a large part of the liturgical year, we devote ourselves to listening to the mystery of Christ in all its aspects unfolded as we seek God's truth and understanding.

Sunday Readings and Backgrounds

Twenty-fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Reading I : Isaiah 55:6-9

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

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.

Gospel : Matthew 20:1-16a

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.