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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

Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Reading I : Deuteronomy 30:10-14

Heed the voice of God.

  • The Book of Deuteronomy, written in the seventh century B.C., was a long exhortation to God’s people, encouraging them to turn from everything else and to love God with a single passion.
  • Today’s passage stresses that the command to love God with all your being is not difficult to understand or remember.
  • The command is already found in the hearts of God’s people.

Reading II : Colossians 1:15-20

In Christ all things were created.

  • The passage from the Letter to the Colossians is an awe-filled hymn to Christ.
  • The imagery and vocabulary are from the descriptions of Lady Wisdom in the Hebrew wisdom tradition.
  • Christ is described as the image of God and the link between God and all creation.

Gospel : Luke 10:25-37

Who is my neighbor?

  • Jesus told the parable of the Good Samaritan as an interpretation of the two great commands of Judaism: love God and love neighbor.
  • In Jesus’ time, the Samaritan was a hated outsider, yet in today’s story, he did the right thing.
  • Today’s parable illustrates love of neighbor.