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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-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Reading I : Amos 6:1a, 4-7

Don't be complacent!

  • Today’s reading from the prophet, Amos, refers to a time of great wealth in the northern kingdom of Israel.
  • This week the emphasis is on the self-indulgence of the wealthy. Amos rebukes them for their indifference to the needs of others.
  • Because of their disregard for the poor the wealthy will be the first to go into exile.

Reading II : 1 Timothy 6:11-16

Fight the good fight of faith.

  • Paul’s use of the term “man of God” in reference to Timothy is important because it is a title applied to Moses-a great leader.
  • Timothy’s position as a leader demands that he give witness to Christ and seek after virtue, especially those virtues that build up the church.
  • True teaching does not destroy communities and lead to division and arrogance.

Gospel : Luke 16:19-31

Keep your eye on God's way of life.

  • In the gospel readings prior to today’s gospel the religious leaders had rejected Jesus teachings about possessions. This parable addresses their attitude.
  • The rich man was oblivious to the needs of the poor beggar, not realizing the seriousness of his complacency.
  • The indifference of the rich man led him to an eternal situation worse than that of Lazarus on earth.