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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

Thirty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time

Reading I : 1 Kings 17:10-16

The jar of flour shall not go empty.

  • In Jewish law there are many commands concerning care for widows, because the widow in Israel had no real means of economic independence.
  • In today’s reading, Elijah promises the widow that neither she nor her son will starve.
  • The woman, a non-Israelite, believes the word of the Israelite prophet.

Reading II : Hebrews 9:24-28

Christ takes away our sins.

  • The reading from the Letter to the Hebrews stresses that Jesus gave his life as a sacrifice for all.
  • Jesus Christ gave his life for all people.
  • His perfect gift takes away sins once for all.

Gospel : Mark 12:38-44

She gave from her want.

  • In today’s Gospel, Jesus presents a poor widow as an example of a truly faithful person in Judaism.
  • She is willing to contribute what she has and to lay down her life for the sake of the leaders in the community.
  • Jesus judges the gift of the woman as the most valuable of all.