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July 19, 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

Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Reading I : Isaiah 66:10-14c

The Lord’s power shall be known.

  • The passage from the Book of Isaiah was written to encourage those who had returned from exile in the sixth century B.C.
  • Those who returned faced an overwhelming task of rebuilding.
  • One major theme of the third section of the Book of Isaiah was the continued promise of a glorious New Jerusalem.

Reading II : Galatians 6:14-18

I boast of nothing but the cross!

  • The second reading is the conclusion of Paul’s Letter to the Galatians.
  • Paul’s final statement concurs with Jesus’ final statement in Luke.
  • Paul was not as concerned over the success of his preaching as he was over his fidelity to Christ and his cross.

Gospel : Luke 10:1-12, 17-20

I am sending you as lambs.

  • Only the Gospel of Luke includes the story of sending the seventy-two preachers out in addition to the Twelve Disciples.
  • Seventy-two was a number sometimes used to symbolize the Gentiles.
  • In light of Luke’s interest in the Gentiles, it is fitting that today’s passage includes a speech to suggest the mission to the Gentiles.