14th Sunday of Year A


Catechism Themes

14th Sunday of Year A

CCC 514-521: knowledge of mysteries of Christ, communion in his mysteries
CCC 238-242: the Father is revealed by the Son
CCC 989-990: the resurrection of the body

Morality and the Passions (CCC 1763-1770)

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by Fr. Clement D. Thibodeau


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14th Sunday of Year A

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To understand why the Church upholds the virtue of chastity for all human beings in the expression of their sexuality, it is necessary to begin where St. Paul locates the discussion in today’s second reading–the Spirit of God. The Loving One who has created us by the breath of the Spirit has also inscribed upon the human heart not only the capacity to love and share and reach out in communion but the vocation or calling to do so (CCC 2331). There is an integrity to the way in which God creates people, a connection between what we feel, who we are, and how we are built, that leads us to this vocation to love, to share, to reach out in communion. In other words, we are not just bodies and we are not reduced to blindly following sexual urges. Bodies, sexuality, sexual activity, spirit-all that we are-is subordinated to the ultimate end of humanity and creation itself, that is, to live in Christ. 

Thus, the Church describes chastity as the integration of one’s sexuality within the whole person, such that an inner unity of body, mind, spirit, and soul is attained (CCC 2337). This project of integration is seen by the Church as an apprenticeship in mastering one’s self in human freedom. In other words, the human person learns to govern passions, desires, and drives, or that person is dominated and overwhelmed by those urges (CCC 2339) and acts without a true direction ordered toward the kingdom of God. This self-mastery is never really completed, but is, throughout every stage of life, sought and practiced (CCC 2342). 

The Church’s understanding of the virtue of chastity must be seen in the context of one’s sexual identity or gender, for God created male and female, each with an equal dignity. When a man and a woman unite in marriage, the Church sees in their union and its procreative possibilities the fruitfulness and generosity of the divine Creator who has loved us into being. 

Married couples, single individuals, those in religious life and clergy, all are called to the virtue of chastity. The way we give of ourselves to each other in friendship and love, building strong relationships, is not only enriching but necessary for our growth and maturity. Chastity flourishes and is wonderfully expressed in friendship (CCC 2347). Thus, human sexuality is a great gift and challenge whose drives the Church understands not as random factors in ourselves as persons and in our relationships but as ordered to the divine, to the kingdom and to God’s plan.


  • Why is the virtue of chastity important?
  • How do we develop the virtue of chastity?
  • How did Jesus live a chaste life?
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14th Sunday of Year A


14th Sunday of Year A

Bible Verses Cited in Catechism

1st Reading

Zec 9:9-10

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2nd Reading

Rom 8:9, 11-13

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Gospel Reading

Mt 11:25-30

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Fr. Eamon Tobin

Salvation in Christ, His Death, Resurrection and Ascension

Was it God’s will that Jesus die a cruel death for us? If so, what does that say about God? Why do we proclaim in the Apostles’ Creed that “[Jesus] descended into hell”? What is the meaning of the cross for our lives? What is the significance of the Resurrection and Ascension? What does it mean to be “saved?” 

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70 hand drawn and animated episodes, each 3-4 minutes long. The series follows and explains the Creed, covering all four parts of the Catechism. 


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14th Sunday of Year A


In the second book of Kings, the prophets Elijah and Elisha repay their hosts by curing their sons. In a gesture of gratitude prefiguring the Eucharist, Elijah blesses his hostess’s grain so that it never runs out (2 Kgs. 4).

Our homes and our churches should be places where everyone feels at home. Guests should never feel that they are causing undue extra labor. In short, all that is really needed to be an excellent host is a loving heart, an open ear, and eyes that see Christ in each person who crosses the threshold.

Hearing the words of Our Lord’s [in the Gospel for the 13th Sunday of Ordinary Time – Year A] may be a little difficult for some of us. How can he claim that we should love him so much that to love someone else more makes us unworthy of his love?

The answer is simple. He is the God who is love. He is goodness itself, and so any love we have for persons or things who are good and loveable comes from him as its unique source, and this love we have for his creatures must return to him. To be sure, he tells us that the twofold commandment of love of God and of neighbor are practically the same commandment. St. John is especially insistent on this point in his epistles. But even so, we must love all that is not God for his sake, and never apart from him.