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February 20, 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

Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Reading I : Jeremiah 17:5-8

Happy are those who trust in God.

  • The reading from Jeremiah draws a clear distinction between the person who trusts God and the one who trusts in human beings.
  • Water is a significant aspect of the image.
  • The passage presents a straightforward choice; trust God and live; trust flesh and die.

Reading II : 1 Corinthians 15:12, 16-20

Christ is raised from the dead.

  • Paul stresses that Christ’s resurrection initiated the resurrection of all those who believe in him.
  • Belief in the resurrection of Christ demands belief that we will join him in risen life.
  • We are called to abandon trust even in life itself and enter death without despair.

Gospel : Luke 6:17, 20-26

Happy, blessed, are the poor, whose reward is great in heaven.

  • Luke’s Gospel portrays Jesus' special concern for the poor and vulnerable.
  • In today’s passage, Jesus pronounces blessing on the poor and woe to the rich.
  • The poor know their only hope is in God.