Lifelong Catechesis

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April 23, 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

Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Reading I : Genesis 18:20-32

Will you sweep away the innocent with the guilty?

  • The reading from Genesis is a classic example of prayer in the Old Testament.
  • It is from the Yahwist tradition of the Pentateuch and was written around the tenth century B.C.
  • In the Yahwist tradition God was very close to humans and displayed human traits.

Reading II : Colossians 2:12-14

God made you alive with Christ for he has forgiven all our sins.

  • The reading from the Letter to the Colossians attempts to explain why Christians can pray with such confidence.
  • Baptism has united Christians with Christ in his death as well as his resurrection power.
  • Christ has won our friendship with God.

Gospel : Luke 11:1-13

Hallowed be your name.

  • The passage from the Gospel of Luke is a collection of Jesus' reflections on prayer.
  • The first section (verses 1-4) is the Lucan version of the Lord’s Prayer.
  • The version in Luke is shorter than the one in Matthew's Gospel.