October 18 brings us to the 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time. The scriptures for the day and background on them are here and if you're bringing young ones to Mass with you, please check out this page for hints to help children prepare to hear the Word.
The image above is as strong and striking as are today's scriptures. The first lesson, from Isaiah, is somber and sobering, with hints of redemption shining through. It's a Holy Week text and pairs well with the Marcan gospel in which Jesus speaks of the cup of suffering he is to drink and his work as our servant, our redeemer. Jesus is our ransom!
With unusual complementarity for a Sunday in Ordinary Time, the second lesson fits well with the first and third readings. The Letter to the Hebrews gives us Jesus, the high priest, who can sympathize with our own weaknesses for he was tested in every way we are - yet without sin.
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