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April 23, 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

Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

Reading I : 2 Samuel 12:7-10, 13

The repentant David is forgiven.

  • The reading from 2 Samuel continues the story of David, Bathsheba, and Uriah the Hittite.
  • Nathan condemns David for conspiring to kill a man in order to take his wife.
  • Forgiveness is extended to a repentant David.

Reading II : Galatians 2:16, 19-21

A person is not right with God by works of the Law but through faith in Jesus Christ.

  • The question of how the observance of the law relates to faith in Christ is addressed in Paul’s letter to the Galatians.
  • Paul stresses that strict observance of Jewish religious law alone is not the only way to right relationship with God.
  • When we place our trust in the law alone, we fail to put our trust in Christ.

Gospel : Luke 7:36-8:3

She stood at his feet weeping and began to bathe his feet with her tears.

  • In Luke’s Gospel there are many stories about women.
  • Some biblical scholars suggest that Luke’s special interest in women shows his concern for the marginalized and the outcast.
  • In today’s passage, Simon the Pharisee is skeptical of Jesus’ compassionate response to the sinful woman’s anointing of him.