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REMEMBERING IMPORTANT EVENTS OF THE YEAR

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Seventeenth Week in Ordinary Time

Lev. 23:1:4-11, 15-16, 27, 34-37 & Mt. 13:54-58

A summary of the liturgical year observed by the Chosen People is given in today's first reading. Feasts were established so that the Israelites might never forget the great events of their history whereby God had saved them and established them as His people. These events are important to us. Not only because they are part of our own salvation through our oneness with the people of the Old Testament, but also because they are the foreshadowing of our own feast days. The liturgical year of the Old Testament set a precedent for our own.

Within the cycle of a year the Church unfolds for us the whole mystery of Christ, from His incarnation and birth to His ascension and His sending of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost and the expectation of a blessed hoped - for return of the Lord.

Jesus was rejected by the people of His own town. But worse than being rejected is to be accepted and then forsaken. We are people, not of Jesus' town, but of His Church. Through the faith granted us in baptism, we have accepted Him and all that He has done for us. The Church, under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, is eager that we do not forget any of the great events of the life of Christ, events which are crucial to our salvation.

In our own lives we like to be remembered on important days, our birthdays and anniversaries. In the same way, throughout the course of the liturgical year we are called to remember and to celebrate the great events of the life of Christ. To forget would be tragic, but to remember is beautiful.

Lord Jesus, may we rejoice in recalling to mind throughout the year the great events of Your life and, in doing this, may we strengthen our relationship with You.

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