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EUCHARISTIC ADORATION

THROUGH THE LITURGICAL YEAR (Vol. 13, n. 44)

25th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME, YEAR A

September 24, 2017

“JESUS SAVIOR: He Incarnates God’s Generous Love”

 

 

(+) In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

(A moment of silence)

 

SONG: A suitable Eucharistic hymn or any other appropriate song may be sung.

 

INTRODUCTION

(Cf. Karl Rahner in Meditations on the Sunday Gospels, Year A, ed. John Rotelle, New York: New City Press, 1995, p. 125)

This, then, is our great life’s work: to accept ourselves as the mysterious and gradually revealed gift of the generosity of God. For everything that we are and we have, even the painful and mysterious, is God’s generous gift … All of us, young and old alike, are really latecomers. And yet God is willing to give us everything if we will only accept it – ourselves and himself and life without end.

 

SILENT ADORATION 

OPENING PRAYER 

Leader: Loving Lord,

you are the Good Employer who calls us to your vineyard.

Help us with your kindness.

Make us good and generous workers in your vineyard

through the strength derived from your word and the Eucharist.

May we serve you in filial love

and rejoice in the goodness you show to others.

You live and reign, now and forever.

 Assembly: Amen.

 

Part I

JESUS MASTER TRUTH

Listening to the Word 

 

FIRST READING: Is 55:6-9

RESPONSORIAL PSALM

SECOND READING: Phil 1:20c-24, 27a

GOSPEL READING: Mt 20:1-16a

POINTS FOR REFLECTION

The Parable of the Good Employer evokes the graciousness and solicitude of God who, in Jesus the Good Shepherd, seeks out the lost sheep. Indeed, God does not want that anyone be lost or without a place in his kingdom. The point of today’s parable is God’s abounding mercy. Each of us is the recipient of the kindness and generosity of God. The Parable of the Good Employer concludes with an enigmatic statement: “Thus, the last will be first, and the first will be last”. This underlines Jesus’ promise that the disciples, now considered the last, will be the first in receiving the rewards of the kingdom.

  

SONG: A Eucharistic hymn, a song of praise, or another fitting song may be sung.

 

Part II

JESUS MASTER WAY

Confrontation with the Word 

 

POINTS FOR THE EXAMINATION OF THE HEART

What is our relationship with God, the Good Employer? Is it a servile relationship? If so, what can we do about it? Do we believe that in the Father’s kingdom, all are equally loved? Do we believe that God is good and generous and all his gifts are grace? Does this realization drive out the evil snare of jealousy and envy in our community?

 

PRAYING WITH THE WORD

O loving God,

we thank you that our feeble thoughts are not your thoughts

and that our wicked ways are not your ways.

O Lord, you are generous and merciful,

slow to anger and of great kindness.

You are good to all

and compassionate towards all your creatures.

May we not obstruct your kindness

and benevolent justice towards all.

Help us to be gracious to the needy

and kind to the broken-hearted

who yearn for your healing touch and renewing love.

You live and reign, forever and ever.

Amen.

 

SONG: A Eucharistic hymn, a song of praise, or another fitting song may be sung.

 

Part III

JESUS LIFE

Acting upon the Word  

 

PERSONAL PRAYER

 

CONTEMPLATING WITH MARY THE FACE OF CHRIST: The Rosary’s Glorious Mysteries may be prayed in part or in full.

 

THE WAY OF SOLIDARITY: PRAYER OF INTERCESSION 

Leader: Let us pray to God who cares for all, and with earnest humility say: 

(R.) LORD, HEAR OUR PRAYER.

1. For the Holy Father’s Evangelization Intention for this month of September: That our parishes, animated by a missionary spirit, may be places where faith is communicated and charity is seen. We pray: (R.)

2. That there may be a loving response to the Good Employer who calls workers to the vineyard of his kingdom and that the workers in the heavenly kingdom may understand the nobility and the gratuity of their call. We pray: (R.)

3. That we may perceive and appreciate the meaning of “God’s ways” not being our ways and that we may be instruments of conversion for those who have gone astray and need God’s generous and forgiving love. We pray: (R.)

4. That by our acts of charity and solidarity with those who are experiencing the various hardships in today’s society (unemployment, poverty, insecurity etc.), they may experience that Christ is the meaning and focus of our life, whether we live or die. We pray: (R.)

5. That God, the Good Employer, may reward bountifully all those who have selflessly and generous toiled in the vineyard of God’s kingdom. We pray: (R.)

(Other prayers may be added.)

 

THE LORD’S PRAYER

CONCLUDING PRAYER  

Leader: Lord,

come, live in your people

and strengthen them by your grace.

Help them to remain close to you in prayer

and give them a true love for one another.

Grant this through Christ our Lord.

Assembly: Amen.

 

FINAL SONG: A Eucharistic hymn, a song of praise, or another fitting song may be sung.

  

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Prepared by Sr. Mary Margaret Tapang PDDM

   

 

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