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!


Daily Mass: Putting God’s love into practice. Catholic Inspiration

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God’s love must be evident in the love we express with one another. May these words inspire us to consider the challenging and difficult situations in our lives today as we call upon Heaven for the help we need to put this love into practice!

Mass Readings – Wednesday after Epiphany

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St. John Neumann, pray for us!


Daily Mass: God is love. Catholic Inspiration

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The first reading offers a beautiful reflection on God as the source of all love. May we receive this love and freely offer it to one another!

Mass Readings – Tuesday after Epiphany

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St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, pray for us!


Daily Mass: Test everything to discern what is of God. Catholic Inspiration

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The First Letter of John exhorts us “to test the spirits to see whether they belong to God.” How do we do this? By using the gifts of Faith and Reason we discern how to live each day to the fullest.

Mass Readings – Monday after Epiphany

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