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May 24, 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

Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Reading I : Wisdom 12:13, 16-19

Your might is the source of justice.

  • The lesson for God’s people in the reading from the Book of Wisdom is twofold.
  • As God is merciful, so should the people be merciful to those who offend them.
  • Because God is merciful, the people may live in hope that God will forgive their sins.

Reading II : Romans 8:26-27

The Spirit helps us pray.

  • Paul, in the Letter to the Romans, continues his proclamation of the power of God’s Spirit.
  • It is God’s Spirit who understands and is divine Wisdom.
  • That Spirit has been given to Christians that they might be children of God, like God.

Gospel : Matthew 13:24-43

The Reign of God is among us.

  • The two parables of the weed seed planted among the crops, and the leaven in the woman’s bread, make the point that the Kingdom of God may look small in Jesus’ ministry and preaching, but its growth will be rapid and thorough.
  • The parable of the weeds in the wheat makes the point that good and bad cannot be separated without harming the good.
  • God’s people must trust divine wisdom as they face the evil in the world.