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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

Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Reading I : Jeremiah 20: 10-13

He has delivered the soul of the needy from the hands of evil men.

  • Today’s passage comes from the middle of Jeremiah’s prayer and it is the most graphic description of this prophet’s struggle.
  • Jeremiah complains bitterly to God about the cost of his prophetic call.
  • Like most biblical laments, Jeremiah’s complaint is interwoven with expressions of trust in God.

Reading II : Romans 5:12-15

God’s gift to us is nothing like our sin against him.

  • In the Letter to the Romans, Paul compares Adam, the first human, to Jesus, the firstborn of the new creation.
  • Death is the result of sin; sin separates us from God who is the source of life.
  • Jesus was completely obedient to God, and he therefore became the perfect channel of life for all humans.

Gospel : Matthew 10:26-33

Do not fear those who can kill the body.

  • Today’s passage from Matthew’s Gospel is part of the missionary discourse that follows the sending out of the Twelve.
  • Jesus reminds the disciples of the great and powerful care of the Father.
  • Using the typical argument of the lesser to the greater, Jesus stresses that not even a sparrow dies without God’s consent.