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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

Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Reading I : Job 7:1-4, 6-7

My life is like the wind.

  • In the Book of Job, God allows Satan to inflict all kinds of suffering on Job.
  • Through it all, Job remains faithful to God.
  • The story of Job points out that the ways of God are beyond human understanding.

Reading II : 1 Corinthians 9:16-19, 22-23

I am all things for all people, for the sake of the Gospel.

  • The Corinthian community wants to reward Paul for his ministry among them.
  • Paul stresses that God's love is freely given.
  • In today's passage, Paul preaches to the community about God's generosity.

Gospel : Mark 1:29-39

He went to a lonely place to pray.

  • The stories of Jesus' miracles are a sign that the power of Satan is broken and the kingdom of God has arrived.
  • Jesus is the one who brings the kingdom of God to earth.
  • In today's Gospel the miracles are signs of the ultimate healing that Jesus will bring to the world.