October 20, 2023 | Source & Summit
Fr. Stephen Van Lal Than

A carving of the Last Supper is seen St. Ann Church, Browns Mills, N.J., in this undated photo. (CNS photo/courtesy The Monitor)

Source & Summit: The Twenty-Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time

(The faithful) taking part in the Eucharistic sacrifice, which is the source and summit of the whole Christian life, offer the Divine Victim to God, and themselves along with it. 

-The Second Vatican Council fathers in Lumen Gentium, #11

Source & Summit is a feature of The Western Kentucky Catholic online, celebrating the National Eucharistic Revival: Year of Parish Revival. Intended to help Catholics of our parishes to probe the riches of our liturgical year and celebrate the liturgy well, the column will always start with the Bible readings for the Mass of the Day to help us reflect on, and help to “unpack” and expand our experiences at liturgy into the domestic church (the home) and the workplace.

Sunday reflections will be based on the Lord’s Day, the Liturgy, the Eucharist, and, occasionally, community.


Sunday, October 22, 2023: 


Twenty-Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time


Isaiah 45:1—6

Psalm 96:1, 3—10

Thessalonians 1:1—5b

Matthew 22:15—21


In houses and apartments all through the neighborhood, the true entrance procession of this Mass has been in full swing, sometimes hectic. Sunday clothes are being put on. Many families are finishing breakfast, conscious of the one-hour fast. Here and there are adults who choose to fast altogether until taking Holy Communion. Some households make a conscious effort to keep the morning quiet: no radio or television (or computer or cell phone), and the Sunday papers wait until later in the day.

This liturgy is the work of the whole assembly, and here we begin to see that many take this seriously. Many have prepared themselves to come together today and participate fully in this Eucharist.

So this is the entrance procession, coming from all directions, made up of all ages, several races, a variety of economic circumstances and political outlooks— and speaking at least three languages! But they are all in a great procession, the Church assembling in the house of the Church. “We shall go up with joy.” “Que alegría cuando me dijeron vamos a la casa del Señor,” or as we used to pray from Psalm 43, “Introibo ad altare Dei.”

-Roger Mahoney


To learn more about the Diocese of Owensboro’s celebration of the National Eucharistic Revival, visit https://owensborodiocese.org/eucharistic-revival/.

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