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Lifelong Catechesis

Forming Catholic identity across generations
November 23, 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

Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time

Reading I : Proverbs 31:10-13, 19-20, 30-31

The wise woman receives her reward.

  • The poem of the first reading is the conclusion of the Book of Proverbs.
  • It is very likely that the poem is about both a good wife and Wisdom herself.
  • The whole poem highlights the point that whoever finds Wisdom does indeed find life.

Reading II : 1 Thessalonians 5:1-6

You are children of the light.

  • The Thessalonians were caught between worry over the imminent return of Christ and the complacency in their faith.
  • Paul instructed them to be diligent in preparing, but not to worry.
  • Christians are children of light.

Gospel : Matthew 25:14-30

We must use the gifts we have been given!

  • The Gospel reading deals with the end of the world and the coming of God's Kingdom.
  • The paradox of today's parable is that the one who played it safe lost while, in the end, the risk-takers gained.
  • Faithfulness implies not only keeping the tradition but also the willingness to risk everything in order to increase God's Kingdom.