26th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A
‘In your minds you must be the same as Christ Jesus’
O God, who manifest your almighty power
above all by pardoning and showing mercy,
bestow, we pray, your grace abundantly upon us
and make those hastening to attain your promises
heirs to the treasures of heaven.
In this week’s readings, we are invited to reflect on our need for a change of heart. We are called to follow the Lord‘s way, as we try to model our actions and words on his.
The Jews in exile complained that the Lord was unjust, but the prophet Ezekiel tells them they should look at their own behaviour rather than blame others. God will save those who are law-abiding and honest – those who follow his way. (First Reading)
St Paul encourages the Philippians to be united in love, purpose and mind, which they should model on the mind of Christ himself. Although divine and equal with God, Christ was humble enough to become as we are, and even then to die on a cross. (Second Reading)
The Lord is merciful and forgiving; he is always ready to show us the way and guide us to walk in his paths. (Psalm)
No matter which group in society we belong to, only a true change of heart, where we welcome the Good News, will open the way to the Kingdom of God. (Gospel)
This week, I may want to focus on trying to live according to Jesus’s values. I ask the Lord to help shape my mind to be like his, so that people around me will see that love is shown in deeds more than in words.
Lord, make me know your ways, Lord, teach me your paths. Make me walk in your truth, and teach me, for you are God my saviour. Responsorial Psalm
When the sinner renounces sin … they shall certainly live, they shall not die. First Reading
His state was divine, yet he did not cling to his equality with God, but emptied himself to assume the condition of a slave, and became as we are. Second Reading
This week’s texts if you want to explore further:
Ezekiel 18: 25–28; Psalm 24 (25); Philippians 2: 1–11; Matthew 21: 28–32