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Lifelong Catechesis

Forming Catholic identity across generations
August 25, 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

Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ

Reading I : Exodus 24:3-8

God has made a covenant with us.

  • The reading from Exodus is the story of the sealing of the Sinai covenant.
  • The Sinai covenant was sealed with two ceremonies: a meal and a blood rite.
  • Each of these signified the sharing of life.

Reading II : Hebrews 9:11-15

We will receive the promise of eternal salvation.

  • The author of the Letter to the Hebrews points out the difference between the old and new covenants.
  • Christ’s blood was shed to reconcile and reunite humans and God.
  • Jesus is the bond of the new covenant.

Gospel : Mark 14:12-16, 22-26

He took break, blessed and broke it.

  • The Gospel tells the story of the sealing of the new covenant.
  • Mark associates the cup of wine with the blood covenant of old.
  • At the Passover supper, Jesus shares a cup of wine with all the disciples.
  • It is the true sign of the shared blood that seals the covenant.