Monday, April 29, 2013

Treasures of Our Faith

The San Fernando Pastoral Region presents a new series of articles titled "Treasures of our Faith." The series is authored by Ryan Adams, one of the region's diaconate candidates and a member of the region's media team.

Adams' fifth article explains biblical readings.

By Ryan Adams

The Lectionary is composed of the readings and the responsorial psalm assigned for each Mass of the year (Sundays, weekdays, and special occasions). The arrangement of the biblical readings brings out the unity of the Old and New Testaments and of the history of salvation, in which Christ is the central figure.

The first reading: The first reading is mostly chosen from the Old Testament; however, during the Easter season, the Book of Acts will be read. The first reading usually harmonizes with the Gospel reading. It reveals the continuity between Israel and Jesus who comes not to replace, but to fulfill Israel. The Old Testament points us toward Christ in the Gospel.

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