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Lifelong Catechesis

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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

Twenty-fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Reading I : Sirach 27:30-28:7

Forgive your neighbor’s faults, and when you pray, your sins will be forgiven.

  • The Book of Sirach is concerned with anger and quarreling.
  • If we refuse to forgive, then who will forgive us?
  • Refusal is a deliberate choice and it shapes a sinner’s life.

Reading II : Romans 14:7-9

Whether alive or dead, we belong to the Lord.

  • We belong to God, not to ourselves.
  • We live not be our own power, but by the creative power of God and the mercy given us through Christ’s Resurrection.
  • We have no right to judge one another.
  • Judgment belongs to God alone. By God’s mercy we have been granted the power to forgive.

Gospel : Matthew 18:21-35

I did not say to forgive seven times but seventy times seven.

  • Vengeance must not be multiplied, but instead forgiveness should be multiplied.
  • God is forgiving; we are made in God’s image.
  • God will judge us by the measure of our forgiveness of one another.
  • Our mutual forgiveness will reveal how the image of God lives in us.