Category Archives: Ordinary Time

Daily Mass: Following Jesus, Part II: the cost of discipleship. Catholic Inspiration

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Matthew’s Gospel echoes the reading we heard from Luke yesterday, underscoring the point that as his disciples we place Jesus at the center of our lives.

Mass Readings – Monday of the 13th Week of the Year

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St. Cyril of Alexandria, pray for us!


Study, Pray, Serve: 14th Sunday of the Year

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Here are some of the main themes in the readings for the 14th Sunday of the Year.

1st Reading – Isaiah 66:10-14c

  • Rejoice and exult over the prosperity of Jerusalem.
  • The Lord’s power shall be known to his servants in the sight of these blessings.

Psalm 66:1-7,16,20

  • “Let all praise the name of the Lord.”
  • Shout for joy and praise the good works of God.

2nd Reading – Galatians 6:14-18

  • Paul boasts in the cross of Jesus Christ, and now he bears the marks of Jesus on his body.
  • Peace and mercy be to all who follow the Lord.

Gospel – Luke 10:1-12,17-20

  • Jesus sends out 72 disciples in pairs to announce the Kingdom of God.
  • They return, rejoicing at the power of the name of Jesus.

Mass Readings – 14th Sunday of the Year

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13th Sunday of the Year: Following Jesus. Catholic Inspiration

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It’s one thing to say “I follow Jesus” and other thing to actually do it. May Luke’s Gospel inspire us to trust the Lord as we put our faith into practice.

Mass Readings – 13th Sunday of the Year

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The Birth of John the Baptist. Catholic Inspiration

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The birth of John the Baptist reveals a pattern in his relationship to Jesus. John comes first to prepare the way for the greater glory that shines upon Christ. May John’s example inspire us to continue to blaze a trail for the proclamation of the Good News in our lives today.

Mass Readings – Solemnity of the Nativity of St. John the Baptist

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St. John the Baptist, pray for us!


Daily Mass: What is growing in our hearts? Catholic Inspiration

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The Lord offers us (once again!) practical spiritual wisdom to guide our interactions with one another. But to use this wisdom we have to ask ourselves one question: What’s growing in our hearts?

Mass Readings – Wednesday of the 12th Week of the Year

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Saints Paulinus, Thomas More and John Fisher, pray for us!


Daily Mass: The Golden Rule. Catholic Inspiration

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The “Golden Rule” that Jesus offers his disciples has directed countless Christians in their relationships with one another. May this rule of life help us to interact with one another in a way that leads us all closer to the Lord.

Mass Readings – Tuesday of the 12th Week of the Year

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St. Aloysius Gonzaga, pray for us!


Daily Mass: Working on ourselves before judging others. Catholic Inspiration

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The Lord offers powerful spiritual advice for those times when we are tempted to judge others before we’ve done the hard work to examine our own blind spots.

Mass Readings – Monday of the 12th Week of the Year

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Study, Pray, Serve: 13th Sunday of the Year

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Here are some of the main themes in the readings for the 13th Sunday of the Year.

1st Reading – 1st Kings 19:16b,19-21

  • God tells Elijah to anoint Elisha as a prophet to succeed him.
  • Elijah throws his cloak over Elisha as he is plowing with 12 oxen.

Psalm – 16:1-2,5,7-11

  • “You are my inheritance, O Lord.”
  • We rejoice and take refuge in God who counsels and protects us.

2nd Reading – Galatians 5:1,13-18

  • We are called to freedom through the saving action of Christ.
  • We live in the Spirit, who calls us to avoid the desire of the flesh and love one another.

Gospel – Luke 9:51-62

  • Jesus is rejected by a Samaritan village on his journey to Jerusalem.
  • The Lord responds to some of the people who claim to want to follow him.

Mass Readings – 13th Week of the Year

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Daily Mass: Do not worry! Catholic Inspiration

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It is so easy to give in to worry! How often do we feed our fears and yield to anxiety? Jesus speaks to this common human condition and offers us a powerful way forward.

Mass Readings – Saturday of the 11th Week of the Year

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Daily Mass: Store up treasure in Heaven. Catholic Inspiration

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The Lord teaches his disciples to examine their hearts regarding WHAT their treasure is and WHERE they will store it.

Mass Readings – Friday of the 11th Week of the Year

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