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July 17, 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

Thirty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time

Reading I : Deuteronomy 6:2-6

Be blessed by keeping the Commandments.

  • Today Jews and Christians will speak with one voice, as we are graced with the same reading in our assemblies.
  • Israel considers the relationship with God to be as powerful as the bond between spouses or between parent and child.
  • The importance of the command is illustrated by the instructions of keeping it in one’s heart and mind.
  • Love is the obvious demand of the relationship.

Reading II : Hebrews 7:23-28

Jesus makes intercessions for us.

  • In the first covenant there were many priests offering many sacrifices, and they passed away.
  • The sacrifice of Jesus is the only sacrifice necessary in the new covenant.
  • The Father appoints Jesus as permanent high priest, who will never pass away.
  • What is true for us today will also be true for those who follow us.

Gospel : Mark 12:28b-34

Love the Lord with all your heart, soul, mind and strength; and love your neighbor as yourself.

  • This is a reaffirmation of the First Commandment.
  • In the synagogues the words are chanted with special tone, so that no one can miss them.
  • This is a proclamation, not a lesson.
  • Love is proclaimed again with Jesus’ New Commandment to love our neighbors as ourselves.