Lifelong Catechesis

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May 28, 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

Tenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Reading I : Genesis 3:9-15

God confronts Adam and Eve after they have eaten of the tree.

  • This First Reading explains the presence of sin and evil in the world.
  • God did not intend for sin and evil to enter the world when he created everything as “good.”
  • Humans are so vulnerable to sin that we have consistently used the gift of free will to choose our own will rather than follow God’s will.

Reading II : 2 Corinthians 4:13-5:1

God has an eternal dwelling place for us in heaven.

  • Paul fearlessly proclaimed his faith; even though his physical body was weak, his inner faith was strong.
  • Our affliction is temporary.
  • Look to the future when we will have eternal life.

Gospel : Mark 3:20-35

Whoever does the will of God is my brother and sister and mother.

  • In this Gospel, Jesus’ family thinks he is out of his mind and the religious leaders accuse him of being possessed by the devil.
  • Jesus responds with a parable explaining that a power that battles against itself is bound to collapse.
  • Jesus says that doing God’s will is what binds people to Jesus.