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Twenty-fifth Sunday
of Ordinary Time A

September 24, 2017
Working with the Word

Study of the Readings
Ed. by
Joyce Ann Zimmerman,
et al

• Words,     Phrases
To the point
• First Two     Readings
• Experience

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Let the Scriptures Speak

Hamm, SJ

Good God, Evil Eye

Jesus says that following the commandments is doing “the good” but that full goodness, indeed “perfection,” comes with letting go of everything and following him.

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The Word Embodied

John Kavanaugh, SJ

Envious Comparisons

  “Who do you love best?” These are the words of a child who fears losing something when there are other children in the family. “I love all of you equally,” is never a satisfying answer.

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Historical Cultural Context

John J. Pilch

Employer or Patron

The vineyard owner treats the last hired generously and graciously, “as if” they were relatives. They did nothing to “earn” such treatment.

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Thoughts from the Early Church


The gospel story about the vineyard workers is appropriate to this time of year, the season of the earthly grape harvest. But there is also another harvest, the spiritual one, at which God rejoices in the fruits of his vineyard.

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Scripture In Depth

Reginald H. Fuller

The difference between God’s thoughts and our thoughts, according to the parable of the laborers in the vineyard, is that God’s justice is not a quid pro quo affair but is characterized by mercy and forgiveness.

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