Vol: 44, No.50 25TH SUNDAY OF THE YEAR ( A) September 24 2017  
I am the salvation of the people, says the Lord. Should they cry to me in any distress, I will hear them, and I will be their Lord for ever.
The parable of the workers in the vineyard teaches us a lesson about the justice of God. ‘Workers waiting to be hired’ is a widespread phenomenon even in the modern world. One denarius for a twelve-hour work day was the standard pay at the time of Jesus. That the employer paid one denarius to even those who were called to work in the vineyard at the last hour of the day shows his sense of justice because one denarius would have been needed for a labourer and his family to manage the day’s expenses. A parable is not a real story but a story with a beautiful message. This parable is about the kingdom of God. Applied to the kingdom of God the parable is about divine justice. God cares for all of us. Do we have the sense of justice? Do we treat our workers and others with justice? Do we pay sufficient remuneration for the work that we make them do? (Pause)
I confess to almighty God/and to you,/ my brothers and sisters,/that I have greatly sinned,/in my thoughts and in my words,/in what I have done and in what I have failed to do,/through my fault, /through my fault,/through my most grievous fault;/therefore I ask blessed Mary ever-Virgin,/all the Angels and Saints,/and you,/my brothers and sisters,/to pray for me to the Lord our God.
Glory to God in the highest…
O God, who founded all the commands of your sacred Law upon love of you and of our neighbour, grant that, by keeping your precepts, we may merit to attain eternal life. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you…
(These verses from Second Isaiah compare the thoughts and ways of God with those of human beings, and say that God’s ways are higher than those of human beings).
A reading from the Book of Isaiah (55:6-9)
“Seek the Lord while he may be found, call upon him while he is near; 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. For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither 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.”
The Word of the Lord
PSALM (144)
Response: The Lord is close to all who call him.

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. R/
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. R/

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