Lifelong Catechesis

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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

Thirty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time

Reading I : Wisdom 6:12-16

Wisdom seeks those who seek her.

  • In the Book of Wisdom, the author is associated with Solomon even though it was written after his death.
  • Wisdom came to Solomon and he claimed that all the benefits he enjoyed came from her.
  • Wisdom herself seeks those who wish to find her.

Reading II : 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 or 1 Thessalonians 4:13-14

The dead will participate in Jesus’ return.

  • The Thessalonians believed in the immediacy of Christ’s return.
  • They became concerned about members of their Christian community who had died.
  • In today’s passage, Paul assures the Thessalonians that the dead will participate in Christ’s glorious return.

Gospel : Matthew 25:1-13

Readiness is essential for the end time.

  • Today’s Gospel is part of the last long discourse in Matthew’s Gospel.
  • The subject of this discourse is the end time.
  • The point in the story of the wise and foolish virgins is that readiness is essential.