Daily Mass: The conversion of St. Paul. Catholic Inspiration

Paul’s conversion from enemy to advocate of Christianity was made possible through the courage of Ananias, whose example inspires us to live our faith with boldness, conviction and trust.

Mass Readings – Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul

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St. Paul, pray for us!


Daily Mass: David becomes king of Israel. Catholic Inspiration

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David’s leadership, effort and strength is affirmed by the people who acknowledge him as king.

Mass Readings – Monday of the 3rd Week of the Year

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St. Francis de Sales, pray for us!


Study, Pray, Serve: 4th Sunday of the Year

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Let’s explore some of the themes that surface in the readings for the 4th Sunday of the Year.

1st Reading – Jeremiah 1:4-5,17-19

  • God has known Jeremiah from the womb and appointed him to be a prophet to the nations.
  • Jeremiah will need to call upon the Lord for help, for the people will not like the message!

Psalm – 71:1-6,15,17

  • “I will sing of your salvation.”
  • The Lord is our refuge, rock and strength…the one in whom we place our hope in times of trial.

2nd Reading – 1st Corinthians 12:31-13:13

  • Without love we are nothing.
  • Paul goes on to describe how love is essential for the life of faith.

Gospel – Luke 4:21-30

  • The people are amazed at the words of Jesus, but they have doubts about “the son of Joseph.”
  • This doubt leads to violent rejection and an attempt to cause the Lord physical harm.

Mass Readings – 4th Sunday of the Year

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3rd Sunday of the Year: We are part of the Body of Christ. Catholic Inspiration

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St. Paul uses the example of the body to teach unity in the midst of diversity. We all have something to offer…and we all have something to learn from those around us. May we work together – offering our best – to strengthen the Body of Christ.

Mass Readings – 3rd Sunday of the Year

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Daily Mass: David grieves for Saul and Jonathan. Catholic Inspiration

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David’s lament for Saul and Jonathan reveals the complex nature of our grief. Saul’s mix of good and bad qualities illustrate how we can mourn the loss of people that we meet in the messiness of life. In our own complicated moments of grief may we turn to the Lord and trust that Christ will untangle the knots.

Mass Readings – Saturday of the 2nd Week of the Year

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Daily Mass: David shows restraint against Saul. Catholic Inspiration

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While being hunted by Saul, David prevents his men from harming the king in a cave. His restraint offers us a powerful example of how we repay evil with good.

Mass Readings – Friday of the 2nd Week of the Year

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St. Agnes, pray for us!


Daily Mass: Saul is jealous of David. Catholic Inspiration

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After his victory over Goliath, David quickly becomes a favorite among the people, and his popularity leads a jealous Saul to consider how to kill him.

Mass Readings – Thursday of the 2nd Week of the Year

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St. Fabian & St. Sebastian, pray for us!


Daily Mass: David and Goliath. Catholic Inspiration

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The battle of David and Goliath illustrates the classic “underdog” theme of victory in the face of impossible odds. Yet David makes it clear that his triumph is not his own doing, for he has put his hope in the Lord.

Mass Readings – Wednesday of the 2nd Week of the Year

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Daily Mass: God gazes into our hearts. Catholic Inspiration

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Samuel observes the sons of Jesse to determine who will be anointed king, but the Lord reminds the prophet that God sees beyond the surface and gazes directly into our hearts.

Mass Readings – Tuesday of the 2nd Week of the Year

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Daily Mass: The Lord rejects Saul as king. Catholic Inspiration

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After his victory over the Amalekites, Saul does not carry out the command of the Lord, and his choice will lead to his rejection as king. May we honestly acknowledge our own shortcomings as call upon Christ today.

Mass Readings – Monday of the 2nd Week of the Year

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St. Anthony Abbot, pray for us!


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