Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

Year B / Sunday, October 3, 2021

This Sunday’s Readings: 

Genesis 2:18–24

Psalm 128:1–2, 3, 4–5, 6 (see 5)

Hebrews 2:9–11

Mark 10:2–16 or 10:2–12

THERE IS NO GETTING AROUND IT. Today’s Gospel will hurt. Let us acknowledge that pain and admit there are no simple answers when families struggle with divorce.

The lectionary allows a shorter version of today’s Gospel reading. Don’t do it. To better understand this difficult passage, we need to hear it within the larger context of Mark’s Gospel. And the concluding section here of Jesus blessing the children gives us that connection.

Mark’s main focus is on the outsider: John the Baptist in the desert; the healings of the outcast or foreigner. Throughout Mark’s Gospel, Jesus teaches his disciples that God’s reign is not found in the powerful but in those who have been left out of society’s care. By putting children front and center today and the last two Sundays, Jesus continues to turn our gaze to the vulnerable.

Recognizing that Jesus is drawing our attention to God’s will and not to the rules of divorce, we can avoid simplistic statements that imprison couples in bad marriages “for the sake of the children.” With Mark’s focus and in light of the first reading, we can announce instead the good news: God does not want us to be alone. God created us for one another, especially for those cast off. Whatever divides one from another—racism, sexism, hate, violence, selfishness—is never God’s will for us.

–Diana Macalintal

Suggested Music

GIA Hymnal Suggestions
WLP Resource Suggestions

Choral Suggestions:

Deus ibi est

Michel Guimont

G-10255 · SATB, organ

Live in Love

Chris de Silva

G-7682 · SAB, assembly, keyboard, guitar


Carol Browning

G-4809 · SATB, assembly, keyboard, guitar, opt. C instrument


“Let the love of God guard you and guide you, let his love be in your heart.”

This blessing is about action, not a simple acknowledgment or good wishes. Philippians 2:5 encourages us to have the same mind and attitude of Christ, which requires work. We are called to a deep commitment and relationship with each other and to serve one another as we serve Christ in all we do. How will we let God’s love guard us against complacency and guide us toward being the blessing we have received?

–Jennifer Odegard

Love Endures

James E. Moore

G-5732 · SATB, assembly, keyboard, guitar, opt. C instrument

Love Divine

Words by Charles Wesley / Music by James Biery

G-10340 · SATB, organ

More choral suggestions for the Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time…


El Amor de Dios / God’s Love Is Everlasting  Lourdes Montgomery Two-part choir, cantor, assembly, keyboard, guitar 012649

In Love We Choose to Live  Jeanne Cotter  Two-part choir, assembly, keyboard, guitar G-4080

Make Us One  James V Marchionda, OP  SATB, descant, assembly, keyboard, guitar, flute, opt. cello 007823

May the Lord Bless Us  Robert Noble  Unison choir or cantor, assembly, keyboard, C instrument 006320

New Families  Words by Ruth Duck / Music by Randall Sensmeier  Two-part mixed, organ G-3881

No Greater Love  John Angotti SATB, cantor, assembly, keyboard, guitar 008339

Not for Tongues of Heaven’s Angels  Michael Joncas  SAB, assembly, piano, guitar, opt. 2 C instruments G-3158

Not for Tongues of Heaven’s Angels Timothy Dudley-Smith, Ken & Elyn Macek  SATB, 2 opt. solos, keyboard, guitar 008599

One in Love  Ken Macek Unison choir, solo, three-part harmony, assembly, piano, guitar 008365

Ubi Caritas  Robert G Farrell SATB a cappella 008979