Word for the Weekend: AUGUST 23

Lord, to whom would we go?

We're coming up to the 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time and the scriptures for this day and background material on them can be found right here. Bringing children to church? Help them prepare to hear the Word by checking out this page.

This Sunday is the last of the series of gospel passages from John - next week we return to Mark. In this Sunday's gospel, the disciples are dealing with the "hard sayings" of Jesus about the necessity of eating his flesh and drinking his blood. Will they stay with Jesus even when his words are hard to swallow? Or will they walk away?

The same question rises in the first scripture this Sunday, taken from the Book of Joshua: whom will you serve?

The second lesson for this weekend is from Ephesians, with an option for a longer and shorter version.  (Lectors will want to check with their preachers to see which version is to be proclaimed.)  This is the section of Ephesians where the marriage of husband and wife is used as an image to describe Christ's self-giving love for the Church.


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