ORDINARY TIME: 31st SUNDAY A – Commemorating All Faithful Departed–Faith Celebrated

MATTHEW 11, 25-30

lectionary bible

25   At that time Jesus exclaimed, ‘I bless you, Father, Lord of heaven and of earth, for hiding these things from the learned and the clever and revealing them to little children.

26   Yes, Father, for that is what it pleased you to do.

27   Everything has been entrusted to me by my Father; and no one knows the Son except the Father, just as no one knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.

Matthew 11, 28 Rest for those who labour

Matthew 11, 28
Rest for those who labour

28   ‘Come to me, all you who labour and are overburdened, and I will give you rest.

29   Shoulder my yoke and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.

30   Yes, my yoke is easy and my burden light.

New Jerusalem Bible  

Doubleday 1984 




For all the Saints [1 P 2 G – selected verses]

Lyrics: William W How

Tune:  Sine Nomine [ = without name] by R Vaughan Williams


Presentation of Gifts

Eye hath not Seen [1 P G]

Marty Haugen



I Am the Bread of Life [2 G]

Suzanne Toolan



Green blade rises

Green blade rises


Now the Green Blade Riseth [2 G]  

John MC Crumb


Sending Forth

On Eagle’s Wings [P G]

Michael Joncas



1 = 1st reading

2  = 2nd Reading

P = Responsorial Psalm

G = Gospel







Our earthly life is lived in anticipation of what awaits us in our eternal union with God in the presence of the heavenly hosts.  

Matthew 11, 29 Shoulder my yoke and learn from me

Matthew 11, 29
Shoulder my yoke and learn from me

 Sharing the common joys and burdens of God’s creatures in the world we are also uplifted as Christ’s faithful.

  • Christ invites us to shoulder his easy yoke as he shoulders our life burdens with us [G].
  • Christ testifies to God’s saving love by dying for us while we are still sinners [2].
  • On the holy mountain of God’s reign Christ has conquered death by his risen life to prepare a heavenly banquet to welcome us after death [1].


Remembering the Lord’s boundless goodness in the land of the living [P]

what changes do we as

families, BECs, and parish groups

need to make

  • seeing the saints as models for us in our pilgrim journey on earth and
  • remembering our loved ones and people who have died?