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Forming Catholic identity across generations
August 25, 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

Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Reading I : Wisdom 18:6-9

You always protect us.

  • Today's first reading tells of the experience the Israelites gained from the exodus-wilderness period.
  • The Israelites held faith in God’s promise to pass them over.
  • Because the Israelites were prepared, they were saved.

Reading II : Hebrews 11:1-2, 8-19

In faith we believe what we do not see.

  • The Letter to the Hebrews tells of Abraham and Sarah and their faith and trust in the Lord.
  • Abraham left his homeland out of faith, and Sarah conceived Isaac through faith.
  • Like the Israelites, Abraham and Sarah believed in God’s promises and listened to his commands.

Gospel : Luke 12:32-48

We must be ready for God to act in our lives at any time!

  • In the Gospel of Luke, the discussion of possessions is raised again.
  • Disciples need not worry about collecting possessions, they should be given to the poor.
  • Jesus cites two parables, one concerning servants ready for when their master returns, and a second concerning homeowners being prepared for if a thief comes.