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June 25, 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 : Amos 7:12-15

The Lord has called and sent me.

  • The prophet Amos preached at a time when God's people were divided into two kingdoms, Judah in the south and Israel in the north.
  • God calls Amos to give the northern kingdom of Israel an unpleasant message.
  • When Amos's message is not welcome, he points out that the choice to become a prophet was not his own.

Reading II : Ephesians 1:3-14

We have been chosen in Christ.

  • The letter to the Ephesians begins with a great hymn of praise.
  • All people have been chosen by God in Christ, even before creation.
  • Christians are redeemed by Christ and sealed with the Holy Spirit.

Gospel : Mark 6:7-13

He sent them out to preach and teach, giving them power to do so.

  • In the Gospel story from Mark, Jesus sends the disciples out to do his work.
  • Today's passage immediately follows the story of Jesus' rejection in Nazareth.
  • If Jesus is rejected, the disciples continuing his work should also expect rejection.