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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

Twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Reading I : 2 Kings 5:14-17

Thank God for the good things he does for you.

  • The story from the Second Book of Kings is part of the Elijah-Elisha cycle of prophetic legends.
  • When Naaman came to Elisha to request a cure, Elisha sent him to wash seven times in the Jordan River.
  • Naaman's physical cure becomes the basis of faith in the God of Israel.

Reading II : 2 Timothy 2:8-13

There is no chaining the word of God!

  • Today's reading from the Second Letter of Paul to Timothy continues the series of exhortations for ministers of the gospel.
  • Those who suffer hardships with Christ and for him, who die and are faithful to the end with him, will live with Christ in the kingdom.
  • This letter stresses the rewards and punishments for service and failure.

Gospel : Luke 17:11-19

Be grateful.

  • The Gospel reading today tells the story of a healing.
  • The ingratitude of the other lepers is a surprising account, but the fact that the one grateful returnee was a Samaritan was possibly more shocking at the time.
  • The Samaritan is not only healed, he is also saved through wholeness and a proper relationship to God.