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Lifelong Catechesis

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October 20, 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

Twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Reading I : Isaiah 25:6-10a

The Lord will provide for his people.

  • Chapters 24-27 of the Book of Isaiah turn to the end times of God’s great victory, when all enemies would be defeated and God’s people would rejoice.
  • A favorite image for the last day was the image of a banquet which God will provide on Zion, the holy mountain.
  • All peoples will be invited, except, of course, God’s enemies who have already been defeated. Sin and death are the final enemies.

Reading II : Philippians 4:12-14, 19-20

In Christ, I am strong.

  • Paul had just received a gift from the Philippians and wrote to express his gratitude.
  • He praised them for their concern, but he also wanted to make clear to them that it was God who sustained him.
  • Ultimately, Paul trusted in God’s great banquet at the end of time.

Gospel : Matthew 22:1-14

All are invited to the feast.

  • Jesus tells the parable of the wedding banquet to describe the Kingdom of God.
  • Those invited to God’s Kingdom must respond to the invitation with repentance and good works.
  • Because many of the Jews in Jerusalem refused the invitation, the Gentiles were invited to the banquet.