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Lifelong Catechesis

Forming Catholic identity across generations
September 18, 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 Trinity

Reading I : Proverbs 8:22-31

I was present at the creation of the world.

  • In the first reading from Proverbs, Wisdom plays before God upon the earth that she helped bring into being.
  • Lady Wisdom was begotten and brought forth by God and she was present as God’s designer in the work of creation.
  • The words delight and playing in today’s passage, express the Creator’s joy.

Reading II : Romans 5:1-5

We are at peace.

  • The reading from the Letter to the Romans developed the idea of Christ as our mediator with God.
  • Christ has reconciled us to God, not because of any effort on our part, but because of the immense love of God.
  • We are strong because the Spirit of God lives in us.

Gospel : John 16:12-15

The Father and I are one and the Holy Spirit will receive what I give and tell you about it.

  • The reading from the Gospel of John is part of Jesus’ discourse to the disciples the night before his death.
  • Jesus promised to send the Spirit to the disciples to comfort and strengthen them after he had gone to the Father.
  • Just as Jesus was the revealer of God, so the Spirit revealed God to the disciples.