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May 24, 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

Twenty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time

Reading I : Isaiah 22:19-23

David will rule the people.

  • The reading from the prophet Isaiah demands accountability from the existing leadership.
  • Today's passage describes a ceremony of installation in which the robes and insignia of office were to be given to Eliakim.
  • The key, placed on his shoulder, was a symbol of authority and power.

Reading II : Romans 11:33-36

How deep is the wisdom of God!

  • Paul concludes his thought about the mystery of God's choice of the Jews and God's mercy to the Gentiles.
  • The hymn to divine wisdom acknowledges that only God knows.
  • Salvation is available to both Jews and Gentiles.

Gospel : Matthew 16:13-20

On this rock, I will build my church.

  • The new name Jesus gives Simon Peter in today's Gospel, announces Peter as the "rock," the foundation of the Church.
  • Peter is a very human leader with sins and imperfections.
  • Jesus gives Peter the keys of the Kingdom of heaven.