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July 23, 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

Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Reading I : 1 Kings 19:16b, 19-21

You shall anoint Elisha.

  • In the first reading, Elijah announces God’s call to Elisha by throwing his mantle over him.
  • This signified the call to prophetic office.
  • Elisha closed the door to his former way of life by killing the draft animals with which he had been plowing, using the plow for firewood, and preparing a magnificent feast for the people.

Reading II : Galatians 5:1, 13-18

My brothers and sisters, you are called to freedom.

  • In his Letter to the Galatians, Paul emphasizes a call to freedom.
  • The disciples were called to abandon all the things that enslaved them and to subject themselves to the Spirit of love.
  • That Spirit brings joy and peace, kindness and generosity.

Gospel : Luke 9:51-62

I will follow you wherever you will go.

  • The Gospel reading shows the price Jesus paid to follow his call.
  • Because he was on his way to Jewish Jerusalem, the Samaritans would not welcome him. Jesus was caught between two hostile forces.
  • One group rejected him because he was going to Jerusalem. There, the other group would kill him.