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May 19, 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

Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Reading I : Wisdom 1:13-15; 2:23-24

God does not make death.

  • The author of the Book of Wisdom gives some insight into life after death.
  • The idea of resurrection began to emerge in Israel only in the final two centuries before Christ.
  • Today’s reading presents the idea that righteousness cannot die. Therefore, the human relationship with God cannot die.

Reading II : 2 Corinthians 8:7, 9, 13-15

May you abound in your work of charity.

  • In the second reading Paul encourages the Corinthian community to be generous in a collection for the poor Christians in Jerusalem.
  • This kind of generosity, especially when it involves sacrifice, reveals the presence of the Holy Spirit.
  • Giving to a community in need of financial support is a sign of church unity.

Gospel : Mark 5:21-43

The family’s astonishment was complete!

  • Jesus’ miracles are a sign that the power of Satan is broken and the kingdom of God has arrived.
  • The miracle in the center of today’s Gospel is sandwiched between the parts of another. This is one of Mark’s favorite techniques.
  • One touch of Jesus’ clothing and the woman with the hemorrhage is healed. The power of Satan is broken, and new life has entered the world.