September 24 – Twenty-Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Click here for a link to the Sunday readings: Sept. 24, 2017 (

Questions on Matthew 20:1-16

Read vv.1-2. Imagine you’re one of the laborers.

  1. What’s it like to work in a vineyard? Is the work easy or hard?
  2. When does your day usually start? When does it usually end?
  3. Do you usually do this kind of work?
  4. How do you feel by the end of the day?
  5. How do you feel when people show up hours later to work alongside you?
  6. What do you expect to be paid?

Read vv.3-9. Imagine you’re hired late in the day. 

  1. Why weren’t you hired earlier?
  2. How does it feel to be hired?
  3. Do you have family responsibilities?
  4. How do the other laborers treat you?
  5. Do all the laborers work at the same pace?
  6. How much do expect to get paid?
  7. What is your opinion of the landowner?

Read vv.10-16. Imagine you’re the landowner. 

  1. Why do you keep hiring people?
  2. Why do you pay everyone the same wage?
  3. What do the people you hired last say to you when you pay them?
  4. How do you feel when the other workers grumble?
  5. Do you make the same choices in the future?
  6. What insights does this parable offer you?

Want more? To download discussion questions and commentaries on the first reading and the Gospel click here: Sept. 24 – Twenty-Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time


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