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Breaking Open the Word at Home: July 21, 2019

Sunday Mass Readings for the Ministry of Parents and Godparents

The Church professes Christian parents to be the “first” teachers of the faith and calls them to be the “best” teachers of the faith (The Rite of Infant Baptism). Godparents agree to assist in this ministry of parents. This resource from Catholic Lane is to assist you, parent or godparent, with using the Sunday Mass readings to teach the Catholic Faith and live the Catholic Faith as a family.

July 21, 2019: Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time: Genesisn18:1-10, Psalm 15, Colossians 1:24-28k, Luke 10:38-42 [1]

Summary of Readings

The first reading is the Genesis story of Abraham providing hospitality toward God’s ambassadors, and God then announcing the birth of Abraham’s first son with his wife, Sarah. This future covenantal leader will be known to be Isaac.

The Psalm speaks of the blessings and closeness with God that comes to those that act just and right before God. Saint Paul writes to the Colossians and speaks of how suffering and hardships can be united with the suffering and offering of Jesus Christ.

In the Gospel Jesus commends Mary, sister of Martha who served Jesus with a focus on her own status, for sitting with Jesus and listening to Him speak.

Catechetical Talking Points

These readings provide an opportunity to examine how all that we do is for the glory of God: hospitality, acts of justice, and suffering or hardship. The goal is deeper communion with Jesus.

Truth in Action

Parents or godparents can also put the catechetical content into action through various activities. Here are just a few examples:

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