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Lifelong Catechesis

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March 19, 2019
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Lent

Forty days before the Triduum, the Lenten season disposes Catechumens and the faithful to celebrate the paschal mystery through prayer and penitential practices.

Sunday Readings and Backgrounds

Fourth Sunday of Lent

Reading I : Joshua 5:9a, 10-12

They ate the produce of the land.

  • The first reading recounts Israel’s rebirth in the land of promise.
  • As the people crossed the Jordan River, they celebrated Passover, just as they had when they crossed the Red Sea.
  • The period of wandering in the wilderness was over.

Reading II : 2 Corinthians 5:17-21

We are reconciled with God through Christ.

  • The main subject in Paul’s second letter to the Church of Corinth is reconciliation.
  • Paul stresses reconciliation with God, with himself, and with the Corinthian Community.
  • Through Christ, sinners are reconciled to God.

Gospel : Luke 15:1-3, 11-32

The son that was lost came back home.

  • In the presence of the Pharisees and Scribes, who are outraged by Jesus’ treatment of sinners, Jesus tells the story of the return of the prodigal son.
  • Today’s parable shows that God’s forgiveness is for everyone.
  • God’s mercy and love is immeasurable and beyond human understanding.