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27th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B

Sunday October 6, 2024

The readings for the 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B focus on marriage and relationships. The first reading tells of how God created woman as a partner for man. The psalm sings of the blessings of children and family. The second reading tells us that Jesus brought all humans to glory by becoming one of us. And in the gospel, Jesus speaks against divorce and blesses children.

What are the Mass Readings for 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B

  • First ReadingGenesis 2:18-24: "It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a suitable partner for him."
  • Responsorial PsalmPsalm 128: "May the Lord bless us all the days of our lives."
  • Second ReadingHebrews 2:9-11: "He is not ashamed to call them brothers."
  • GospelMark 10:2-16: "What God has joined together, no human being must separate."

What Are the Themes for the 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B?

  • Sacrament of Matrimony
  • Theology of the Body
  • Friendship
  • Childlike faith
  • Authenticity

See some more extended themes and reflection questions for the 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B at the bottom of this post.

Resources for the 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B

Little chldren A Lesson Plan on chlidlike faith
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Little Children – A Lesson Plan on Childlike Faith

This lesson plan asks youth to consider the second part of the gospel, where Jesus praises the nature of little children.

A Prayer for a Blessed Home Based on Psalm 128
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A Prayer for a Blessed Home

This prayer is based on Psalm 128, which is the responsorial psalm for this Sunday. It asks God to bless our homes and families.

Baby Food Taste Tester
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Baby Food Taste Tester

This is a fun game to go with the concept of being childlike.

Quotes and Social Media Graphics for the 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B

Catechesis is not an abstract communication, the memorization of theoretical knowledge. We must insist on pointing to the heart of catechesis: Jesus Christ, the Risen One, loves you and will never abandon you!

Pope Francis

The Gospel of the day (Mk 10:2-16) says that Jesus is very tender with the little ones. The difficulties and situations that reveal our weakness are privileged opportunities to experience His love: in dark or lonely moments, God’s tenderness towards is made even more present.

Pope Francis

Homilies and Background Material for the 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B

The Theology of Marriage

In this homily, Bishop Robert Barron explains that marriage is more than a legal contract or social arrangement. And it is not a fallback vocation for those who aren't up to the priesthood or the religious life. God is a community of love through the mystery of the Trinity. Marriage reflects the intimate love of God.


This page has a number of resources for teaching about the sacrament of Matrimony. Some are for those teaching students. Others are more appropriate for couples preparing for marriage.

Video on Relationships

Fr. Mike Schmitz discusses how to have conversations that help strengthen your relationships. Trust is important.

More Themes for the 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B

Jesus blesses the children and tells us to be more like them. These children are not trying to establish their own identity. They are who they are - children of their parents. They are not constantly wondering what others think of them or evaluating themselves.

In the same way, we must be children of our heavenly Father. We do not need to live for the approval of others. We do not need to look in the mirror and wonder if we are measuring up. Instead, we just need to be the people God created us to be.

In the reading from Genesis, God declares the things he created "good". Until he gets to man being by himself. That is "not good". This certainly points to the Sacrament of Matrimony, but it also points to the needs of all of us for companionship. God creates woman to solve this problem. In the same way we need to nurture our friendships so that we are not alone.

Reflection Questions for the 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B

  • Do I spend a lot of energy on the adult pursuit of prestige and recognition?
  • How can I have a more childlike approach to the world?
  • Am I putting enough effort into nurturing close friendships?

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