23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B

Published on 30 Aug 2021
A man with his eyes closed

Say to all faint hearts, ‘Courage, do not be afraid.

Look, your God is coming to save you!’

O God,

by whom we are redeemed and receive adoption,

look graciously upon your beloved sons and daughters,

that those who believe in Christ

may receive true freedom

and an everlasting inheritance.

God’s word is always calling out to us anew, inviting us to ways of seeing more keenly and hearing more deeply. What are today’s readings bringing to my attention?

Isaiah, in the First Reading, offers a theme as he calls us to see what needs to be seen, to hear properly, to move lithely and with purpose, and to speak honestly and with joy.

The Psalm, also, speaks of profound attentiveness as it invites us to notice the Lord’s priorities – the oppressed and needy come before all else. I might ask how this sits with today’s culture and with my own daily life-choices?

In both Second Reading and Gospel, we are left in no doubt about those whom God chooses. Through today’s word, the Lord is making an appeal to me – to notice, to be moved and to imitate.

Let’s pray, this week, that we ourselves might be opened to the wonders of the Lord and also to his challenges as we try to resist being closed to the plight of those whom God raises to first place.

‘Courage! Do not be afraid.’     First Reading

The Lord raises up those who are bowed down.’    Responsorial Psalm

It was those who are poor according to the world that God chose.     Second Reading

‘Be opened!’     Gospel

This week’s texts if you want to explore further:

Isaiah 35: 4–7; Psalm 145 (146); James 2: 1–5; Mark 7: 31–37

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