Lifelong Catechesis

Forming Catholic identity across generations
May 22, 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

Feast of the Presentation of the Lord

Reading I : Malachi 3:1-4

There will come to the temple the Lord whom you seek.

  • Malachi was faithful to his Jewish faith; yet, he was critical of the priesthood of his time.
  • God visits the temple.
  • God’s visit results in purification of both the sacrifices and the ministers.

Reading II : Hebrews 2:14-18

He had to become like his brothers and sisters in every way.

  • Jesus shares in the flesh and blood of humanity.
  • Jesus is the compassionate high priest.
  • Because Jesus suffered he is able to help those who suffer.

Gospel : Luke 2:22-40

My eyes have seen your salvation.

  • Jesus grew up in a devout Jewish family and society.
  • Simeon predicts that Jesus will cause conflict and division within Israel.
  • Simeon and Anna knew that Jesus was God’s promised Redeemer.