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Lifelong Catechesis

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October 16, 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-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Reading I : Isaiah 53:10-11

He shall see light in due time.

  • There are five songs in Isaiah that describe the suffering of a servant of the Lord.
  • Today’s passage was written toward the end of the Babylonian exile.
  • In this last song, with death approaching, the servant’s suffering is revealed as atonement for the guilt of others.

Reading II : Hebrews 4:14-16

We have a great high priest!

  • In Hebrews, the author points out the supremacy of Jesus’ priesthood.
  • Jesus knows our weakness and has shared our suffering.
  • Through Jesus, the great work of God’s salvation has been accomplished.

Gospel : Mark 10:35-45

The first shall be last.

  • In today’s Gospel story, James and John ask for positions of honor in the kingdom.
  • Jesus tells them that the only position they should seek is the position he has assumed, that of a servant.
  • The Gospel of Mark shows the substantial demands placed on Jesus’ followers.