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Lifelong Catechesis

Forming Catholic identity across generations
December 08, 2021
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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

Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Reading I : Deuteronomy 18:15-20

I will put my words into your mouth.

  • In the Book of Deuteronomy, Moses conveys God's word to the people.
  • The promise of God delivered by Moses is that God will raise up another prophet.
  • The true prophet will deliver God's word.

Reading II : 1 Corinthians 7:32-35

I want you to be free of all worries.

  • Some of the early Christian communities found Paul to be a true prophet.
  • The Christians at Corinth apparently wrote to Paul, asking him a series of practical questions about how to live the Christian life.
  • The First Letter to the Corinthians is Paul's answer to their questions.

Gospel : Mark 1:21-28

He has authority over all creation.

  • The Gospels reveal Jesus to be the true prophet, the one who not only brings the word of God but who is the Word of God.
  • In the first chapter of the Gospel of Mark, there are several stories illustrating Jesus' authority.
  • Today's passage tells of Jesus casting out a demon. The people are amazed because the demon obeys Jesus.