Lifelong Catechesis

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February 20, 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

Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Reading I : Zechariah 9:9-10

Shout for joy! He comes in peace!

  • The verses in the reading from Zechariah describe the messianic king in terms familiar to the tradition.
  • Jerusalem was personified as a sentinel waiting for the king’s arrival.
  • The new messiah, who came like Solomon, would banish all instruments of war; his kingdom would be a kingdom of peace.

Reading II : Romans 8:9, 11-13

Live by the Spirit.

  • The Letter to the Romans describes the activity of God’s Spirit.
  • Paul uses the image of flesh without spirit to describe the person who does not live by God’s Spirit.
  • According to Paul, that “Spirit-less” person is already dead.

Gospel : Matthew 11:25-30

Come to me all you who are weary.

  • In the Gospel today, Jesus speaks, not only as a wisdom teacher, but as Wisdom herself.
  • Jesus borrows the language of wisdom to praise God for revelation through him.
  • He is the perfect revelation of God because Jesus is God’s Son, knowing God perfectly.