Category Archives: Ordinary Time

Daily Mass: Out of fear the people ask for a king. Catholic Inspiration

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Samuel has now grown old and the people of Israel approach him to ask for a king to rule and fight their battles. The Lord reveals the negative things that will happen, but the people persist in their desire.

Mass Readings – Friday of the 1st Week of the Year

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Daily Mass: The pain of violence and war. Catholic Inspiration

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The Philistine army disastrously defeats the people of Israel, who suffer enormous casualties and loss.

Mass Readings – Thursday of the 1st Week of the Year

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St. Hilary, pray for us!


Daily Mass: Speak, Lord, your servant is listening. Catholic Inspiration

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Samuel’s response to the Lord’s call offers us an example to follow as we actively listen and respond to God’s gentle invitation.

Mass Readings – Wednesday of the 1st Week of the Year

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Daily Mass: God hears Hannah’s prayer. Catholic Inspiration

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Hannah, filled with grief at being childless, pours out her prayer to the Lord.

Mass Readings – Tuesday of the 1st Week of the Year

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Daily Mass: Faith in the context of human frailty. Catholic Inspiration

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The sorrow of Hannah resonates with all couples who long to parent children but are unable to conceive. This example of our human frailty underscores how our faith can strengthen us in times of trial.

Mass Readings – Monday of the 1st Week of the Year

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Study, Pray, Serve: 2nd Sunday of the Year

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Here are some of the main themes in the readings for the 2nd Sunday of the Year.

1st Reading – Isaiah 62:1-5

  • Jerusalem will no longer be forsaken, but vindicated and recognized by all the nations.
  • The Lord will claim Jerusalem for his own and with great rejoicing.

Psalm – 96:1-3,7-10

  • “Proclaim his marvelous deeds to all the nations.”
  • Glory and praise is given to God with singing, rejoicing and worship.

2nd Reading – 1st Corinthians 12:4-11

  • There are a variety of gifts, service and work…but there is one God whose Spirit directs all.
  • Paul then lists a number of spiritual gifts, recalling how each person has something unique to offer.

Gospel John 2:1-11

  • At a wedding in Cana in Galilee, Jesus performs a miracle by turning water into wine.
  • This wine (done at the request of his mother, Mary) is superior to the wine that was served before.

Mass Readings – 2nd Sunday of the Year

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Daily Mass: The call of St. Andrew the Apostle. Catholic Inspiration

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As Jesus calls Andrew to follow after him, we are reminded that the Lord’s call echoes in every generation…inviting us to draw near to Christ as we invite others to join us along the way.

Mass Readings – Feast of St. Andrew, Apostle

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St. Andrew…pray for us!


Daily Mass: Be vigilant and pray! Catholic Inspiration

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When the going gets tough, the tough get praying! Our help is in the Lord, and we are invited to be vigilant in our prayer as we face the challenges before us.

Mass Readings – Saturday of the 34th Week of the Year

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Daily Mass: Paying attention to the changes in our lives. Catholic Inspiration

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Jesus uses a fig tree as an example of paying attention to the changes around us. This is true for what we see in nature and discover in our hearts.

Mass Readings – Friday of the 34th Week of the Year

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Thanksgiving Day

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There are some options for the readings today, but a common theme is appropriate: What are you thankful for today? Start with God…and keep going!

Mass Readings – Thanksgiving Day

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St. Catherine of Alexandria…pray for us!


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