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10th Sunday of Ordinary Time

With the Easter season finished and our special feast days behind us, our Sunday Mass jumps back into the regular schedule for Ordinary Time.  This is actually a very special time for the Church.  The long lazy days of Summer are perfect for the unfolding the story of Jesus’ ministry as he travels from place to place, with our Gospel for one week picking up where we left off last week.  We literally walk with Jesus and his disciples as his message and teaching unfolds during the journey.

The Word for the 10th Sunday of Ordinary Time
Genesis 3:9-15
Psalm 130:1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8
2 Corinthians 4:13-5:1
Mark 3:20-35

Our first reading is from the story of the expulsion from the Garden of Eden in Genesis.  As we begin our regular celebration of Ordinary Time, this reading seems most appropriate.  Here is the beginning of the human race on it’s own.  No longer do Adam and Eve have the protection of the garden.  Put another way, their veil of ignorance has been lifted and must now fend f…
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Psalm 33:4-5, 6, 9, 18-19, 20, 22
Romans 8:14-17
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Psalms 22:26-27, 28, 30, 31-32
1 John 3:18-24
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