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December 17, 2017
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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

Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Reading I : 2 Kings 4:8-11, 14-16a

Elisha is a holy man of God, let him remain.

  • A Shunemite woman recognizes Elisha as a holy man of God and she urged him to dine with her.
  • Elisha promises the Shunemite woman that she will give birth to a son as a reward for her generous hospitality.
  • The Shunemite woman shows us how to receive both a prophet and the prophetic word, with openness and an eager welcome.

Reading II : Romans 6:3-4, 8-11

Buried with Christ in baptism, we shall walk in the newness of life.

  • We who were baptized into Christ have been baptized into Christ’s Death.
  • We no longer need to fear death.
  • Sin and death no longer hold any power over us. We are to live for God!

Gospel : Matthew 10:37-42

Whoever does not take up his cross is not worthy of me. Whoever receives you, receives me.

  • Jesus explains the demands of discipleship.
  • Those who welcome disciples welcome Jesus himself. They will be rewarded.
  • Disciples are also included among the “little ones.” Those who welcome them will also be rewarded.