Monthly Archives: July 2021

Daily Mass: The Feast of St. Mary Magdalene. Catholic Inspiration

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St. Mary Magdalene is the first person to meet the Risen Lord. Her life – a testament to God’s grace – inspires us to confront our own weaknesses and draw strength from the healing love of Christ.

Mass Readings – Feast of St. Mary Magdalene

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Daily Mass: God feeds the people with quail and manna. Catholic Inspiration

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Hungry and grumbling, the people complain to Moses that they will die in the wilderness without food. The response? God feeds them with quail and manna.

Mass Readings – Wednesday of the 16th Week of the Year

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Daily Mass: God guides the people through the midst of the sea. Catholic Inspiration

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As Moses stretches out his hand, God swept back the sea so that the people could pass through on dry ground; just as quickly, the waters covered Pharaoh’s army and saved the children of Israel.

Mass Readings – Tuesday of the 16th Week of the Year

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Daily Mass: Pharaoh’s army pursues the people of Israel. Catholic Inspiration

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Today’s first reading shows how Pharaoh pursued the Hebrews after they left Egypt. Despite the fear of the people, God promises to defend them in their moment of need.

Mass Readings – Monday of the 16th Week of the Year

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Study, Pray, Serve: 17th Sunday of the Year

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Let’s take a look at some of the key themes that surface in the readings for this 17th Sunday of the Year.

1st Reading – 2nd Kings 4:42-44

  • Chapters 4-6 feature some miracles performed by the prophet Elisha.
  • In this passage, the people have more than enough to eat from 20 barley loaves.

Responsorial Psalm – 145:10-11,15-18

  • “The hand of the Lord feeds us; he answers all our needs.”
  • God provides for the needs of the people.

2nd Reading – Ephesians 4:1-6

  • We are urged to live in a virtuous manner of life, worthy of the call we have received.
  • We seek to preserve the unity of the spirit through the bond of peace.

Gospel – John 6:1-15

  • Jesus meets the physical needs of the people who have been listening to him.
  • Upon the blessing of Jesus, the five loaves and two fish are more than enough for the 5000 people.

Mass Readings – 17th Sunday of the Year

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16th Sunday of the Year: Shepherds and Sheep. Catholic Inspiration

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The time honored words of Psalm 23 have inspired and sustained countless souls throughout salvation history. The images of shepherds and sheep continue to offer insight today as we consider how our faith in Jesus Christ challenges us at times to lead and follow.

Mass Readings – 16th Sunday of the Year

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Daily Mass: The departure from Egypt. Catholic Inspiration

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As the people of Israel begin their journey out of Egypt they will experience the awkward sense of being unsettled as they make the transition from slavery to freedom. Transitions are part of our experience, and this passage from Exodus invites us to trust in the Lord as we face the uncertainty of life.

Mass Readings – Saturday of the 15th Week of the Year

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Daily Mass: The Passover Meal sets the context of the Eucharist. Catholic Inspiration

Today’s reading from Exodus reveals how the Lord directed the Passover Meal to Moses and Aaron. This passage thus establishes the Passover as a central part of Jewish prayer which will ultimately set the context for the Eucharist. It was during a Passover Meal with his disciples that Jesus offers the New Covenant through his Body and Blood…which frees us from the bondage of sin and leads us to eternal life.

Mass Readings – Friday of the 15th Week of the Year

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Daily Mass: God speaks to Moses about the promised land. Catholic Inspiration

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As God speaks to Moses about his task in Egypt, the Lord refers to a land that shall be given to the people of Israel after they have been liberated from slavery…a land flowing of milk and honey.

Mass Readings – Thursday of the 15th Week of the Year

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Daily Mass: The burning bush and the call of Moses. Catholic Inspiration

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Moses stands on holy ground in the sight of the burning bush and has an encounter with God, who commands him to return to Egypt. The awkward response of Moses prompts us to reflect on how we have experienced the Lord in our lives and consider what challenging situations we need to address today.

Mass Readings – Wednesday of the 15th Week of the Year

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