This coming Sunday is the 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time, bringing us ever closer to the 34th and last Sunday of this liturgical season and Solemnity of Christ the King on November 21 - and then, Advent!
But... back to the day at hand.
There's just no better way to prepare for Sunday Mass than to read, ponder and pray over the scriptures we'll hear proclaimed there. You'll find this Sunday's readings here, along with commentary on them. If you'll be in the company of younger worshipers, you'll find hints for helping them prepare to hear the Lord's Word here.
This Sunday's first lesson is a lament from the book of the prophet Habakkuk. Writing at a desperate time of faithlessness and political peril, the prophet doesn't hold back on giving God his two cents on how he thinks the Lord is running things! The passage also includes a response from the Lord, promising that the vision of hope still has its time.
The usual thematic resonance between first reading and the gospel isn't easy to discern here. From Luke we have the parable of the mustard seed - and the mulberry bush which grows into a tree. In addition, Jesus speaks to his disciples about the kind of service he demands and expects of those who follow him. Ultimately, the thread of faith links Luke and Habakkuk.
This is definitely a week when prior familiarity with the scriptures will enhance your potential for understanding them on Sunday morning!
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