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Lifelong Catechesis

Forming Catholic identity across generations
September 18, 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-fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Reading I : Wisdom 2:12, 17-20

God will take care of him.

  • The poetry of the Book of Wisdom was written for Jews suffering persecution.
  • The just individual is persecuted by the wicked for trying to live faithfully to God's law.
  • The first reading compliments today’s Gospel in which Jesus tells of his own suffering and death.

Reading II : James 3:16-4:3

Where does conflict among you originate?

  • James is very clear about the qualities that we can use to judge the source of a person's wisdom.
  • Jealousy and disorder are not in accord with God's righteousness.
  • James describes the proper conduct of those who try to live in accord with God's ways.

Gospel : Mark 9:30-37

All who wish to be first must make themselves the servants of all.

  • Today's Gospel begins with Jesus foretelling his suffering, death and resurrection. The disciples do not understand.
  • Then Jesus sits down to teach about serving others.
  • Jesus welcomes a child into his arms to teach the disciples that to rank first, one must be the last of all.