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Lifelong Catechesis

Forming Catholic identity across generations
September 20, 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-third Sunday in Ordinary Time

Reading I : Wisdom 9:13-18b

How can we know God, unless God's gives us wisdom?

  • The first reading from the Book of Wisdom is a set of reflections from Solomon's prayer.
  • The questions do not look for answers; they serve as an act of praise.
  • In today's passage, God's wisdom offers understanding on how to live.

Reading II : Philemon 1:9-10, 12-17

Receive another, not as a slave, but as a very dear brother or sister.

  • Paul's letter to Philemon provides a good example of how Paul could encourage a member of one of his communities to act in a responsible, Christian way.
  • Treating a slave as a brother was unthinkable in the social context of the era.
  • Paul's short letter to Philemon illustrates living by God's wisdom rather than human wisdom.

Gospel : Luke 14:25-33

Whoever does not renounce possessions cannot be my disciple.

  • In the New Testament, Jesus is the incarnation of God's wisdom, the teacher who taught humans how to live.
  • Jesus uses examples from human experience to illustrate messages with deeper meanings.
  • In today's Gospel Jesus uses the example of a wise builder to stress that discipleship is an all-consuming vocation.