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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

Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Reading I : Job 38:1, 8-11

God has made the heavens and the earth.

  • The author of Job uses the image of a whirling storm to portray God speaking.
  • Job does not understand why terrible things have happened to him.
  • Through the questions God asks Job about control of the sea, Job realizes that God is in control.

Reading II : 2 Corinthians 5:14-17

Now all is new in Christ.

  • In 2 Corinthians, Paul preaches the wonderful news of the new creation.
  • Paul stresses that Christ is a new creation, as are all who believe in him.
  • Christ’s resurrection is the final defeat of death.

Gospel : Mark 4:35-41

Be still.

  • The might of the sea is used in today’s Gospel to show Jesus acting in the power of God.
  • After Jesus calms the storm and the sea, the disciples are astonished.
  • In Jesus, God brings the new creation to birth and defeats the powers of sin and death.