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September 22, 2008

Daily Readings for September 21, 2008

Filed under: Religion-Catholicism — tobinatorstark @ 11:23 am

1st Reading Isaias 55:6-9

Seek ye the Lord, while he may be found: call upon him, while he is near. Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unjust man his thoughts, and let him return to the Lord, and he will have mercy on him, and to our God: For he is a bountiful to forgive. For my thoughts are not your thoughts: nor your ways my ways saith the Lord. For as the heavens are exalted above the earth, so are my ways exalted above  your ways, and my thoughts above your thoughts.

2nd Reading Philippians 1:20-24, 27

According to my expectation and hope; and that in nothing I shall be confounded, but with all confidence, as always, so how also shall Christ be magnified in my body, whether it be by life or by death. For to me , to live in Christ: and to die is gain. And if to live in the flesh, this is to me the fruit of labour, and what I shall choose I know not. But I am straightend between two: having a dsire to be dissovled and to be with Christ, a thing by far the better. But to abide still in the flesh, is needful for you.

Gospel according to Matthew 20:1-16

The Kingdom of heaven is like an householder, who went out early in the morning to hire labourers into his vineyard. And having agreed with the labourers for a penny a day,  he sent them into his vineyard. And going out about the third hour, he saw others sandind in the market place idle. And he said to them: Go you also into my vineyard, and I will give what shall be just. And they went their way. And again, he went out about the sixth and the ninth hour, and did in a like manner. But about the eleventh hour he went out and found others standing, he saith to them: Why stand you here all day idle? They say to him: Because no man hath hired us. He saith to them: Go you also into my vineyard. And when evening was come, the lord of the vineyard saith to his steward: Call the labourers and pay them their hire., beginning from the last to the first. When therefore they were come, that came the eleventh hour, the received every man a penny. But when the first also came, they thought that they should receive more: and they also received every man a penny. Amd receiving it they murmured against the master of the house, Saying: These last  have worked but one hour , and thou hast made them equal to us, that have borne the burden of the days and the heats. But he answering said to one of them: Friend,  I do thee no wrong: didst thou not agree with me for a penny? Take what is thine, and go thy way: I will also give to this last even as to thee. Or, is it not lawful for me to do what I will? is thy eye evil, because I am good? So shall the last be first and the first shall be last. For many are called, but few chosen

Catechism of the Catholic Church 546

Jesus’ invitation to enter his kingdom comes in the form of parables, a characteristic feature of his teaching. Though his parables he invites people to the feast of the kingdom, but he also asks for a radical choice: to gain the kingdom, one must give everything. Words are not enough; deeds are required. The parables are like mirrors for man: will he be hard soil or good earth for the word? What use has he made of the talents he received? Jesuse and the presence of the kingdom in this world are secretly at the heart of the parables. One must enter the kingdom, that is, become a disciple of Christ, in order to”know the secrets of of the kingdom of heaven.” For those who stay “outside,” everything remains enigmatic.

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