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Lifelong Catechesis

Forming Catholic identity across generations
October 22, 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

Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Reading I : Jeremiah 38:4-6, 8-10

Jeremiah was saved by God.

  • Jeremiah is thrown into a well because his message was hard to hear.
  • It was a terrible place – no food or water and only mud.
  • But the king intervened and Jeremiah was rescued.

Reading II : Hebrews 12:1-4

Keep your eye fixed on Jesus!

  • The theme of running the good race is very strong in this reading.
  • We are encouraged to keep our eye on the goal, the prize: Jesus.
  • And we are urged to be strong, to endure no matter what.

Gospel : Luke 12:49-53

I have come to light a fire on earth!

  • This is a hard reading from Luke – in which we are told that Jesus has come to light a fire on earth!
  • The fire is a symbol of the radical teachings about the Reign of God.
  • This will divide families because it is a strong but difficult message for people to believe and follow.