Lifelong Catechesis

Forming Catholic identity across generations
February 20, 2024

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

Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Reading I : Proverbs 9:1-6

Come, eat of the food I have prepared.

  • The Book of Proverbs offers an invitation to Wisdom's banquet.
  • The consequences of accepting foolishness or wisdom are vastly different.
  • Eating with Folly leads inevitable to death, while sharing Wisdom's meal is a guarantee of life.

Reading II : Ephesians 5:15-20

Be filled with the Spirit!

  • Like the first reading, the Letter to the Ephesians presents the contrast between wisdom and folly.
  • Paul stresses the need to live wisely.
  • Today's passage reminds us to praise God for the gift of Salvation that has already been given to us.

Gospel : John 6:51-58

I am the living bread.

  • The Gospel describes Jesus' invitation to the banquet at which the food shared is his flesh and blood.
  • The Jews quarreled among themselves because Jesus' suggestion to eat his flesh and drink his blood seemed to disregard Jewish law.
  • Jesus implies a real sharing of his flesh and blood as food, for eternal life.