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Lifelong Catechesis

Forming Catholic identity across generations
September 16, 2021
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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

Solemnity of All Saints

Reading I : Revelation 7:2-4, 9-14

We are made clean in Christ's death and resurrection.

  • The first reading from the book of Revelation speaks of the ones who have become the saints.
  • It gives a great vision, meant symbolically, of what Heaven is like when the angels and saints gather at God’s throne.

Reading II : 1 John 3:1-3

We are God's children.

  • John reminds us that we are God’s children, in a unique and special way.
  • And yet, even though we are already children of God, we look forward to what is still to come.
  • John describes that time as light, when we shall all see God.

Gospel : Matthew 5:1-12

The Beatitudes

  • Here Jesus describes the life of a saint as one filled with blessings.
  • But the blessings are not necessarily what the world would consider good.
  • Saints are those whom God has chosen and blessed with his gifts.