Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost -- September 24th, 2023
Alleluia. Open our hearts, O Lord, to give heed to what is said by your Son. Alleluia.
Readings for Sunday, September 24th:
Jonah 3:10-4:11 -- After Jonah's short sermon in 3:4, the Ninevites all repented and God decided to spare the city. Jonah objected to this and became even more angry when God ordered a worm to destroy a plant that was providing shade. The book ends with a question that challenges any who are not ready to forgive: You, Jonah, are all worked up about a bush, but shouldn't I be concerned about a hundred and twenty thousand Ninevites?
Philippians 1:21-30 -- Paul writes to the Philippians from prison. Though he is uncertain about the outcome of his imprisonment, he is committed to the ministry of the gospel and calls on the Philippians to live lives that reflect and enhance the gospel mission.
Matthew 20:1-16 -- Jesus tells a parable about God's generosity, challenging the common assumption that Goid rewards people according to what they have earned or deserve.