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Lifelong Catechesis

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September 18, 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-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

Reading I : Habakkuk 1:2-3, 2:2-4

The just one lives by faithfulness.

  • The prophet Habakkuk, a contemporary of Jeremiah, preached during a time of great turmoil.
  • Habakkuk questions why God tolerates violence against the innocent.
  • God told the prophet that the faithful person must be patient and wait for God’s promises.

Reading II : 2 Timothy 1:6-8, 13-14

Stir into flame the gift of God.

  • The passage from the Second Letter of Paul to Timothy was an exhortation to Christian ministers to be faithful.
  • When one accepts the call to ministry, one is gifted by the Spirit of God.
  • The function of the Holy Spirit is to give strength and perseverance in a difficult job, which is a theme that points to the hardships that must be endured in the ministries of Paul and Timothy and their successors.

Gospel : Luke 17:5-10

Increase our faith.

  • Today’s Gospel passage is from a collection of Jesus’ sayings on discipleship.
  • The disciples ask Jesus for an increase of faith. With the exaggerated image of a mustard seed, Jesus casts doubt on their possession of any faith.
  • In the second saying about workers, Jesus warns his followers against thinking that they deserve or can earn a special reward because of their service.