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June 16, 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

Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Reading I : Ecclesiastes 1:2, 2:21-23

What do all her/his labors profit a person?

  • Today's first reading was written by a sage, or philosopher, who had spent much time reflecting on human life.
  • The author observes that one pervasive human vanity is the inability to enjoy those things we earn.
  • The reading from Ecclesiastes stresses that we have only the present moment—and that moment is a gift from God.

Reading II : Colossians 3:1-5, 9-11

Seek the things that are of Christ.

  • The Letter of Paul to the Colossians warns against excessive attachment to material possessions.
  • These sins which pertain to worldly life were part of the community's everyday life before they were Christian.
  • Now they have put on Christ, the new Adam.

Gospel : Luke 12:13-21

What is really important to you?

  • In the Gospel of Luke, the question of possessions is treated often.
  • In today's Gospel, Jesus tells a parable about a wealthy fool who thought possessions guaranteed life.
  • He is a fool because in the midst of his good fortune he has lost the sense of what is truly important.