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October 16, 2018
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Ordinary Time

For a large part of the liturgical year, we devote ourselves to listening to the mystery of Christ in all its aspects unfolded as we seek God's truth and understanding.

Sunday Readings and Backgrounds

Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

Reading I : Genesis 2:18-24

I will make a partner for him.

  • The creation story in Genesis 2 portrays God as searching for an equal partner for the human.
  • Only a creature that shares the same flesh will be a fitting partner.
  • The union between man and woman is so central that they long to reunite in the one flesh they share.

Reading II : Hebrews 2:9-11

They are all brothers.

  • In Jesus we see the true nature of God.
  • Today’s second reading points out that Jesus accepted death for the sake of all.
  • Jesus is the perfect leader because he shared in our weakness and suffering.

Gospel : Mark 10:2-16

Let the children come to me.

  • In response to the Pharisees question about divorce, Jesus compares the passage in Deuteronomy, which is simply a concession to human weakness, to the creation story in Genesis, which emphasizes the indissolubility of marriage.
  • Jesus presents the ideal of the marriage bond to stress the truth that in him, sin has no power in the world.
  • In the final passage of today’s Gospel, Jesus proclaims that the kingdom belongs to those who receive it as children.