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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-third Sunday in Ordinary Time

Reading I : Daniel 12:1-3

Those who lead others to justice shall be like stars!

  • The first reading is an example of apocalyptic biblical literature.
  • After predicting the great destruction of all human kingdoms, Daniel 12 portrays the ultimate victory.
  • Today’s passage is the clearest statement concerning resurrection from the dead found in the Old Testament.

Reading II : Hebrews 10:11-14, 18

Jesus took his seat at the right hand of God.

  • Today’s reading from the letter to the Hebrews emphasizes that Jesus’ victory over sin and death is one in which we already share.
  • Jesus will come again, and the believer must be ready.
  • The day and hour Christ will come, no one knows.

Gospel : Mark 13:24-32

God alone knows the hour.

  • The author of the Gospel of Mark expresses the urgency and need for vigilance felt at this time when Christ might return at any moment.
  • Today’s passage is an apocalyptic discourse linking the events of the destruction of Jerusalem with the expected second coming of Christ.
  • The imagery of cosmic catastrophe surrounds the expectation.