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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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Baptism of the Lord: The humility of John the Baptist. Catholic Inspiration

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When asked if he was the Christ, John the Baptist redirected the crowd to the coming of Jesus. His humility offers us an example about how to live our lives as we follow the Lord.

Mass Readings – Baptism of the Lord

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Daily Mass: Christ meets us in the messiness of life. Catholic Inspiration

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The conclusion of the First Letter of John reveals the role of our faith in the messiness of daily life. In our awkward and painful moments, we can run to the Lord – who meets us in the messy – and receive the grace he longs to offer.

Mass Readings – Saturday after Epiphany

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Daily Mass: We place our hope in Jesus Christ. Catholic Inspiration

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The First Letter of John proclaims that our eternal life is made possible by Jesus Christ. As we claim Christ as Lord, may we call upon God’s grace to live our faith with conviction and joy.

Mass Readings – Friday after Epiphany

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St. Raymond of Penyafort, pray for us!


Daily Mass: A powerful test of our love for the Lord. Catholic Inspiration

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The first reading minces no words when it comes to testing the depth of our love for God. As we apply this insight to ourselves, may we call upon the Lord to help us love one another in a manner worthy of Christ.

Mass Readings – Thursday after Epiphany

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St. André Bessette, pray for us!


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