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Lifelong Catechesis

Forming Catholic identity across generations
November 13, 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

Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

Reading I : Leviticus 19:1-2, 17-18

To be like God is to be loving.

  • Leviticus 19 is a collection of miscellaneous laws concerning conduct.
  • Keeping the Ten Commandments, worshiping God, and living justly were prescribed.
  • The reason for all the laws is to be like God.

Reading II : 1 Corinthians 3:16-23

To love one another is to live.

  • Wisdom had divided the community.
  • Worldly wisdom is folly to God.
  • Obey God and be like God. To be like God is to love one another.

Gospel : Matthew 5:38-48

Forgive and love to conquer evil.

  • The Old Testament "an eye for an eye," was an attempt to limit evil.
  • Monetary fines had become more common.
  • Jesus advised that evil is conquered by good.