Study, Pray, Serve: 26th Sunday of the Year

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Let’s take a look at some of the main themes in the readings for the 26th Sunday of the Year.

1st Reading – Numbers 11:25-29

  • Some of the spirit of Moses is bestowed upon seventy elders who now prophesy.
  • Eldad and Medad were not on the list of Moses, but the spirit still came upon them; when Joshua attempted to have Moses stop them, Moses prayed that the Lord would make everyone a prophet!

Psalm – 19:8,10,12-14

  • “The precepts of the Lord give joy to the heart.”
  • The Psalmist praises the law of the Lord and exhorts others to follow God’s commands.

2nd Reading – James 5:1-6

  • James calls on the rich to weep over their impending miseries as their wealth will be destroyed.
  • Included is a list of the evils they have done for their own benefit at the expense of others.

Gospel – Mark 9:38-43,45,47-48

  • Jesus stops the Apostle John from preventing someone who is casting out a demon in the Lord’s name.
  • The Lord then teaches that anything that keeps us from the kingdom of God should be “plucked out” lest it lead us to destruction in Gehenna.

Mass Readings – 26th Sunday of the Year

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About Fr. Andrew Ricci

A Catholic priest since 1997, Fr. Andrew Ricci is currently the rector of the Cathedral of Christ the King in Superior, WI. His website "Three Great Things" can be found at studyprayserve.com and his podcasts can be found under "Catholic Inspiration" in the iTunes store. View all posts by Fr. Andrew Ricci

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