Study, Pray, Serve: 21st Sunday of the Year

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Here some of the key themes that surface in the readings for the 21st Sunday of the Year.

1st Reading – Joshua 24:1-2a,15-17,18b

  • Joshua calls upon the people to make a choice…who will they serve?
  • The people affirm their faith in God, who led their fathers out of the land of Egypt.

Psalm – 34:2-3,16-21

  • “Taste and see the goodness of the Lord.”
  • God delivers the just person from distress, trouble and trials.

2nd Reading – Ephesians 5:21-32

  • The relationship between husband and wife takes on spiritual dimensions, far beyond the household code of authority.
  • Marriage, with its interdependent relationship of love, reveals the greater mystery of the relationship between Christ and the Church.

Gospel – John 6:60-69

  • Jesus persists in his teaching of the “Bread of Life” discourse, even as the disciples are murmuring.
  • Many disciples separate from Jesus and return to their former way of life.
  • The Twelve remain with Jesus as Peter testifies that the Lord has “the words of eternal life.”

Mass Readings – 21st Sunday of the Year

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About Fr. Andrew Ricci

A Catholic priest since 1997, Fr. Andrew Ricci is currently the rector of the Cathedral of Christ the King in Superior, WI. His website "Three Great Things" can be found at studyprayserve.com and his podcasts can be found under "Catholic Inspiration" in the iTunes store. View all posts by Fr. Andrew Ricci

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