Study, Pray, Serve: 31st Sunday of the Year

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Here are some of the key themes in the readings for the 31st Sunday of the Year.

1st Reading – Deuteronomy 6:2-6

  • The first part of the reading reminds the people of Israel to follow the precepts of the Lord as they enter into the promised land.
  • The second part forms part of Jewish daily prayer: “Hear, O Israel! The Lord is our God, the Lord alone!”
  • In this second part the love of God (heart, soul and strength) is understood as a total commitment of one’s entire being…all for the Lord.

Psalm – 18:2-4,47,51

  • “I love you, Lord, my strength.”
  • We acknowledge God’s might and praise his glory.

2nd Reading – Hebrews 7:23-28

  • This passage contrasts the Levitical priesthood with that of Jesus.
  • The priesthood of Christ is eternal, sinless, always able to save, and his once-for-all sacrifice cleanses us from our sins.

Gospel – Mark 12:28b-34

  • When asked which is the first of the commandments, Jesus quotes Deuteronomy 6:4-5 and Leviticus 19:18.
  • Thus, loving God and loving neighbor are essential for Christian disciples, woven together in our daily words and actions.

Mass Readings – 31st Sunday of the Year


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 and his podcasts can be found under "Catholic Inspiration" in the iTunes store. View all posts by Fr. Andrew Ricci

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