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 forever.
O God, who founded all the commands of your sacred Law upon love of you and of our neighbor, grant that, by keeping your precepts, we may merit to attain eternal life. Through our Lord…
A reading from the prophet Isaiah 55: 6-9
Theme: My thoughts are not your thoughts.
Seek the Lord while he is still to be found, call to him while he is still near. Let the wicked man abandon his way, the evil man his thoughts. Let him turn back to the Lord who will take pity on him, to our God who is rich in forgiving; for my thoughts are not your thoughts, my ways not your ways – it is the Lord who speaks. Yes, the heavens are as high above earth as my ways are above your ways, my thoughts above your thoughts.
This is the word of the Lord.
RESPONSORIAL PSALM Ps 144: 2-3. 8-9. 17-18 R.v. 18
R 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.)
- 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. (R.)
A reading from the letter of St. Paul to the Philippians 1: 20-24. 27
Theme: Life to me is Christ.
Christ will be glorified in my body, whether by my life or by my death. Life to me, of course, is Christ, but then death would bring me something more; but then again, if living in this body means doing work which is having good result – I do not know what I should choose. I am caught in this dilemma: I want to be gone and be with Christ, which would be very much the better, but for me to stay alive in this body is a more urgent need for your sake. Avoid anything in your everyday lives that would be unworthy of the gospel of Christ.
This is the word of the Lord.
A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew 20: 1-16
Theme: Why be envious because I am generous?
Jesus said to his disciples: “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 round, 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. ‘The men who came last, they said ‘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 last-corner as much as I pay you. Have I no right to do what I like with my own? Why be envious because I am generous?’ Thus the last will be first, and the first, last.”
This is the Gospel of the Lord.
PRAYER OVER THE OFFERINGS
Receive with favour, O Lord, we pray, the offerings of your people, that what they profess with devotion and faith may be theirs through these heavenly mysteries. Through Christ our Lord,
You have laid down your precepts to be carefully kept. May my ways be firm in keeping your statutes.
PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION
Graciously raise up, O Lord, those you renew with this Sacrament, that we may come to posses your redemption both in mystery and in the manner of our life. Through Christ our Lord.