Study, Pray, Serve: 7th Sunday of the Year

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Here are some of the themes that surface in the readings for the 7th Sunday of the Year.

1st Reading – Leviticus 19:1-2,17-18

  • The Lord commands Moses to tell the people, “Be holy, for I, the Lord, your God, am holy.”
  • The Lord continues, saying not to bear hatred for a brother or sister, a fellow citizen or any of one’s own people; rather, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”

Psalm – 103: 1-4,8,10,12-13

  • “The Lord is kind and merciful.”
  • The Lord pardons all our iniquities and heals our ills.

2nd Reading – 1st Corinthians 3:16-23

  • Each of us is a temple of God, and the Spirit of God dwells in us.
  • We do not boast in human beings; instead, our focus is on Christ.

Gospel – Matthew 5:38-48

  • Jesus continues to speak forcefully about exceeding the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees.
  • The Lord speaks about violence and hating one’s enemies, but then he takes the command to “love your neighbor” and extends it to love of one’s enemies.

Mass Readings – 7th 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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