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Lifelong Catechesis

Forming Catholic identity across generations
March 18, 2019
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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

Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Reading I : Isaiah 6:1-2a, 3-8

Here I am! Send me.

  • In the first reading, Isaiah gives an account of his prophetic call.
  • Isaiah has a vision in which one of the seraphim touches his lips with a hot coal from the incense burner.
  • This is a sign that his lips are cleansed to preach God’s word.

Reading II : 1 Corinthians 15:1-11

The grace of God is with us always.

  • The reading from 1 Corinthians precedes the Gospel of Mark and is the oldest statement of resurrection faith recorded.
  • Paul presents the Gospel’s general outline in the formal pattern of rabbinical tradition.
  • For Paul, the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ is the culmination of things written long ago.

Gospel : Luke 5:1-11

The apostles were called and so are we.

  • Today’s Gospel story presents Luke’s account of the call of the first disciples.
  • In contrast to the story told by Matthew and Mark, here the disciples had a more resounding reason to respond to the call from Jesus.
  • Simon Peter’s response to the call reminds us of the response of Isaiah: "Leave me Lord. I am a sinful man."