Lifelong Catechesis

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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

Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Reading I : Ezekiel 2:2-5

I am sending you.

  • Prophets are called by God to proclaim the message of salvation.
  • Suffering and rejection are bound to come with the call.
  • In the first reading, Ezekiel is sent to bring God’s message to hard hearted and obstinate people.

Reading II : 2 Corinthians 12:7-10

When I am powerless, I am actually strong.

  • The Corinthian community requests evidence of Paul’s authority.
  • Evidently, Paul is kept humble by some sort of affliction.
  • Paul recognizes that the power of God is made known in his weakness.

Gospel : Mark 6:1-6a

What kind of wisdom is he endowed with?

  • The Gospel of Mark was written for early Christians experiencing persecution for their faith.
  • The rejection Jesus experienced in Nazareth hindered his power because of the people’s lack of faith.
  • In today’s passage, Mark presents a foreshadowing of the final rejection Jesus will experience at the time of his death.