Study, Pray, Serve: 24th Sunday of the Year

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Let’s explore some of the themes in the readings for the 24th Sunday of the Year.

1st Reading – Exodus 32:7-11,13-14

  • In Moses’ absence, the people have made a molten calf, offering worship and sacrifices.
  • Moses implores God to spare the people and remember the covenant; God relents from punishing the people.

Psalm – 51:3-4,12-13,17,19

  • “I will rise and go to my father.”
  • We call upon the Lord for mercy, cleansing us from our guilt and creating a clean heart within us.

2nd Reading – 1st Timothy 1:12-17

  • Once a blasphemer who was a persecutor and arrogant, now mercifully treated by God’s grace.
  • The author reveals God’s goodness: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners!

Gospel – Luke 15:1-32

  • Jesus offers three parables: a man with a hundred sheep; a woman with ten coins; the Prodigal Son.
  • The Lord shows how heaven rejoices when we repent of our sins and turn back to God.

Mass Readings – 24th Sunday of the Year


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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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