Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time (A)
He summoned his twelve disciples, and sent them out
The Word This Week
The people of
Notes for Readers
We jump into the middle of a story - which can be difficult for the reader: you must understand the context of the journey of the Israelites, so that when you proclaim the first sentence people can get the idea that we are in the middle of a journey and a story. Underline set out again, Sinai, pitched camp. Then we get to the core of the passage: the words of God to Moses. Pause after declare this to the sons of
This is a very moving reading, but will need some work before proclaiming it. The second sentence is very long: aim for what proves God loves us, and then pause for a second after finishing the sentence. Then we have two rhetorical questions: whenever we encounter questions like this, it is always worthwhile giving people a moment to think after each question. You should take Pauls words and deliver them as a speech (rather than just reading them), engaging your listeners and allowing them time to react to what you are saying. The reading ends on a high note, so emphasise through whom we have already gained our reconciliation. Think a little about the meaning of reconciliation: Paul is saying that once God and man had fallen out, and drifted apart. Our faith as Catholics is built on the fact that the reconciliation we could never achieve on our own has been achieved for us by Jesus Christ. Therefore it is through him that we can be righteous.