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Lifelong Catechesis

Forming Catholic identity across generations
March 18, 2019
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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 : Malachi 3:19-20a

The sun of justice will arise.

  • This reading from the Book of the prophet Malachi, was written during the fifth century B.C.
  • The people had slipped into complacency, again.
  • Malachi remindes them that the day of the Lord was coming.

Reading II : 2 Thessalonians 3:7-12

Work is a noble, good thing.

  • The Thessalonians expected the second coming of Christ to arrive immediately.
  • Some had stopped working and were simply waiting.
  • Paul urges them to imitate him and continue to do what is right.

Gospel : Luke 21:5-19

Your endurance will win you your life.

  • This gospel passage is Luke’s version of Jesus' apocalyptic discourse concerning the end of the world.
  • Two sets of images are interwoven. They include the destruction of Jerusalem in A.D. 70 by the Romans and the coming of the Son of Man at the end of time.
  • By the time the Gospel of Luke was written, it was evident that the return of the Son of Man was not going to happen immediately. Luke encourages Christians to persevere in faithfulness so that they will always be ready.