Let’s look at some of the main themes in the readings for the 17th Sunday of the Year.
1st Reading – Genesis 18:20-32
- The cities of Sodom and Gomorrah are filled with grave sin, causing God to consider their destruction.
- Abraham “bargains” with God, securing the Lord’s promise that if only 10 innocent people are still living in the city of Sodom it will not be destroyed.
Psalm – 138:1-3,6-8
- “Lord, on the day I called for help, you answered me.”
- God’s mercy protects the humble who seek God in prayer and daily practice.
2nd Reading – Colossians 2:12-14
- Through baptism Christians die and rise with Jesus.
- It is the Cross of Christ that frees us from our sins.
Gospel – Luke 11:1-13
- Jesus teaches the Lord’s Prayer to the disciples (slightly shorter than the one found in Matthew 6:9-13.)
- The Lord’s Prayer is followed by a reflection on petitionary prayer, where the disciple asks and receives good things from God. (Note, this is different from the Gospel of Matthew which follows up with a reflection on forgiveness.)