Monthly Archives: August 2021

Study, Pray, Serve: 22nd Sunday of the Year

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Here are some of the key themes in the readings for the 22nd Sunday of the Year.

1st Reading – Deuteronomy 4:1-2,6-8

  • The Commandments of the Lord are sacred; take care not to add or subtract from them.
  • These commandments are to be carefully observed.

Psalm – 15:2-5

  • “The one who does justice will live in the presence of the Lord.”
  • These stanzas exhort the people to live in a virtuous and upright manner.

2nd Reading – James 1:17-18,21b-22,27

  • God’s “word of truth” is planted in our hearts and must be welcomed and strengthened.
  • We are reminded to “be doers of the word and not hearers only” as we care for those less fortunate.

Gospel – Mark 7:1-8,14-15,21-23

  • Jesus responds to comments from the Pharisees and scribes about specific traditions.
  • The Lord offers a practical insight about what makes us unclean: “Nothing that enters one from outside can defile that person; but the things that come out from within are what defile.”

Mass Readings – 22nd Sunday of the Year

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21st Sunday of the Year: Making our choices for the Lord. Catholic Inspiration

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The people in the first reading and the Gospel make choices in light of what they have heard and seen. Choices are an essential part of our lives and through the decisions we make we are either drawing closer to Christ or moving farther away.

Mass Readings – 21st Sunday of the Year

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Daily Mass: The greatest among you must be your servant. Catholic Inspiration

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As Jesus sums up his teaching, he reminds the disciples that greatness in the Kingdom of Heaven is measured by the depth and application of our love. May we joyfully serve one another today!

Mass Readings – Saturday of the 20th Week of the Year

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St. Pius X…pray for us!


Daily Mass: Putting into practice the greatest commandments. Catholic Inspiration

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Jesus offers a simple and direct teaching about the greatest commandments, loving God and neighbor. Our task? Putting them into practice!

Mass Readings – Friday of the 20th Week of the Year

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St. Bernard…pray for us!


Daily Mass: Here I am Lord, I come to do your will. Catholic Inspiration

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The Psalm response invites us to offer our lives in service to the Lord; may we do so each and every day with joyful hearts!

Mass Readings – Thursday of the 20th Week of the Year

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St. John Eudes…pray for us!


Daily Mass: There’s still time to turn to Christ. Catholic Inspiration

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Even with only an hour left in the day, the master of the vineyard gave a chance to workers in need. God gives us the same opportunity to seek mercy. It’s not too late! Today is a new beginning to turn to Jesus Christ.

Mass Readings – Wednesday of the 20th Week of the Year

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Daily Mass: For God, all things are possible. Catholic Inspiration

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When confronted by the obstacles and distractions before us, we might be tempted to give up hope. Yet the Lord reminds us today that with God all things are possible, and may this teaching be our strength!

Mass Readings – Tuesday of the 20th Week of the Year

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Daily Mass: God does not give up on us! Catholic Inspiration

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The Book of Judges recounts a pattern as the people follow the Lord, stray, and then return to the Lord through God’s intercession. Throughout this human weakness to sin, God remains faithful…always seeking to bring us back.

Mass Readings – Monday of the 20th Week of the Year

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St. Steven of Hungary…pray for us!


Study, Pray, Serve: 21st Sunday of the Year

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Here some of the key themes that surface in the readings for the 21st Sunday of the Year.

1st Reading – Joshua 24:1-2a,15-17,18b

  • Joshua calls upon the people to make a choice…who will they serve?
  • The people affirm their faith in God, who led their fathers out of the land of Egypt.

Psalm – 34:2-3,16-21

  • “Taste and see the goodness of the Lord.”
  • God delivers the just person from distress, trouble and trials.

2nd Reading – Ephesians 5:21-32

  • The relationship between husband and wife takes on spiritual dimensions, far beyond the household code of authority.
  • Marriage, with its interdependent relationship of love, reveals the greater mystery of the relationship between Christ and the Church.

Gospel – John 6:60-69

  • Jesus persists in his teaching of the “Bread of Life” discourse, even as the disciples are murmuring.
  • Many disciples separate from Jesus and return to their former way of life.
  • The Twelve remain with Jesus as Peter testifies that the Lord has “the words of eternal life.”

Mass Readings – 21st Sunday of the Year

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The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Mary’s Magnificat inspires us to acknowledge the blessings of our lives and put them into practice.

Mass Readings – The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

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