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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

Twenty-fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Reading I : Isaiah 50:5-9a

The Lord God is my help.

  • The first reading from the prophet Isaiah is from the Songs of the Suffering Servant.
  • The servant acts as a prophet to bring the word of God to those with afflictions.
  • Even when the cost is great, the servant is faithful to his mission.

Reading II : James 2:14-18

What good is it to say you believe, if you don’t practice it?

  • The reading from the Letter of James tells us that faith without works is dead.
  • Such a faith does not lead to life.
  • The kinds of works that Jesus calls us to can be done if we walk in the way of Jesus, with the grace of God as our help.

Gospel : Mark 8:27-35

Who do you say that I am?

  • Jesus knew that the way of suffering, death and resurrection was predestined for him by God.
  • Through this as in all things, God, his Father would be his help.
  • Followers of Jesus are called to deny themselves by actively responding to the needs of others, even if the cost is one’s life.