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Lifelong Catechesis

Forming Catholic identity across generations
September 20, 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 : Exodus 34:4-6, 8-9

A merciful and gracious God.

  • The event described in today’s reading from Exodus happened just after Israel broke the covenant by making an image of God as the golden calf.
  • As the reading opens, God’s renewal of the broken covenant is symbolized by new stone tablets containing the Law.
  • Then God stood before Moses and pronounced the Divine name. A name that means not only that God is but also that God is actively present.

Reading II : 2 Corinthians 13:11-13

Brothers and sisters, mend your ways.

  • The second reading concludes Paul’s Second Letter to the Corinthians.
  • It is an exhortation on the virtues of the Christian life: conversion, mutual encouragement, harmony, and peace.
  • These virtues live in the Christian community through the gift of God’s presence.

Gospel : John 3:16-18

God so loved the world that he gave his only Son.

  • Today’s Gospel passage tells us how deep God’s love is.
  • The statement about God’s love was inserted into the middle of Jesus’ conversation with Nicodemus concerning the new birth that leads to eternal life.
  • According to John’s Gospel, belief in Jesus is salvation.