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April 23, 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

Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Reading I : Jeremiah 31:7-9

The Lord has delivered his people.

  • In the first reading, Jeremiah proclaims God’s intention to bring the chosen people back from exile in Babylon.
  • The most vulnerable people are given honor on this triumphant journey.
  • These people, who know their only hope is God, will return with joyful shouting.

Reading II : Hebrews 5:1-6

You are my son.

  • In the Letter to the Hebrews, the author stresses that even Jesus, the Son of God, did not take the office of high priest upon himself.
  • Jesus accepted a call that was initiated by God.
  • The most compelling aspects of Jesus’ priestly ministry are his compassion for, and his identity with the people he serves.

Gospel : Mark 10:46-52

I want to see.

  • Earlier in the Gospel of Mark there is a story of an unnamed blind man, whom Jesus heals in stages.
  • In today’s Gospel, Jesus cures the blind man named Bartimaeus immediately.
  • The two stories reveal that the struggle to know the Lord, and the journey of faith, is life long.