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Study, Pray, Serve: 21st Sunday of the Year

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Here some of the key themes that surface in the readings for the 21st Sunday of the Year.

1st Reading – Joshua 24:1-2a,15-17,18b

  • Joshua calls upon the people to make a choice…who will they serve?
  • The people affirm their faith in God, who led their fathers out of the land of Egypt.

Psalm – 34:2-3,16-21

  • “Taste and see the goodness of the Lord.”
  • God delivers the just person from distress, trouble and trials.

2nd Reading – Ephesians 5:21-32

  • The relationship between husband and wife takes on spiritual dimensions, far beyond the household code of authority.
  • Marriage, with its interdependent relationship of love, reveals the greater mystery of the relationship between Christ and the Church.

Gospel – John 6:60-69

  • Jesus persists in his teaching of the “Bread of Life” discourse, even as the disciples are murmuring.
  • Many disciples separate from Jesus and return to their former way of life.
  • The Twelve remain with Jesus as Peter testifies that the Lord has “the words of eternal life.”

Mass Readings – 21st Sunday of the Year

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Daily Mass: Proclaim the Good News! Catholic Inspiration.

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The Acts of the Apostles recounts how the Church continues to grow through the efforts of many people in many places.

Mass Readings – Tuesday of the 4th Week of Easter

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Feast of the Chair of Saint Peter, Apostle

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St. Peter, for all his mistakes and sins, is empowered by Christ with a new name and a commission to lead the Church. May his example inspire us to follow the Lord today with full and open hearts.

Mass Readings – Chair of St. Peter, Apostle

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The Dedication of the Lateran Basilica. Catholic Inspiration

Today we honor the cathedral of Rome – the mother Church – as we recall the power of our churches to foster our faith and help us grow in grace as living temples of the Holy Spirit.

Mass Readings – Dedication of the Lateran Basilica

In the Lateran Basilica is the tomb of Pope Leo XIII, one of my favorite popes who I stopped to pay my respects to when I prayed at the basilica this past January.

Monday Conversation: Discerning a vocation. Catholic Inspiration

Fr. Andrew and Dan Tracy offer some key insights to help discern God’s calling for those who are searching for their vocation or those who mentor them along the way.

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Monday Conversation: The domestic and local Church. Catholic Inspiration

Fr. Andrew and Dan Tracy discuss the crucial role of “domestic Church” (our family and close friends) as it impacts the “local Church” (where we receive our sacraments and practice our faith.)

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Pentecost

Study: Where in my life have I experienced God’s grace and strength?

Pray:  What particular needs in my life call for the help of the Holy Spirit?

Serve:  Where can I use the gifts God has given me to serve another right now?

Mass Readings – Vigil of Pentecost

Mass Readings – Pentecost Day

The image St. Paul uses in the 2nd reading this weekend is a body.  Composed of different parts which do unique and special functions, the body is united when all the parts come together.  So, too, all of us are united into the Body of Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit.  Look at these themes from Pentecost Mass Readings of the Day:

  • The Spirit gives power to communicate across barriers of race and tongue (1st Reading)
  • The Spirit gives life and renews the face of the earth (Psalm response)
  • The Spirit gives different gifts to people for different needs (2nd Reading)
  • The Spirit is breathed on the disciples by Jesus (Gospel)

In other words, the Holy Spirit unites people, renews life, provides unique gifts, and is granted to the Church by Christ.  This is the day that the disciples were empowered to continue the mission of Jesus; filled with the Spirit they will witness the Good News of the Lord through their words and actions.

Their example becomes our model.  The same Spirit that changed their lives comes to us.  The same Spirit that gave them the grace and strength to go forth gives us the power we need to offer our lives for Christ.  God continues to invite us to serve, and the Lord pours forth the Holy Spirit to help us carry out the work of this day.

Are there barriers in our life?  Come Holy Spirit!

Are there parts of life in need of renewal?  Come Holy Spirit!

Are there gifts we have that need to be used and directed?  Come Holy Spirit!

Jesus freely gave the gift of the Spirit to his disciples – may we turn to the Lord with conviction that as we call for the Holy Spirit in our lives we will be given what we need for the work of this day.

Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and kindle in them the fire of your love.
V. Send forth your Spirit, and they shall be created.
R. And You shall renew the face of the earth.

Let us pray.

O, God, who by the light of the Holy Spirit, did instruct the hearts of the faithful, grant that by the same Holy Spirit we may be truly wise and ever enjoy His consolations. Through Christ Our Lord. Amen.

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Note: This post was first published on May 29, 2017.


Daily Mass: Making big decisions with God’s guidance. Catholic Inspiration

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As the Apostles wrestle with a crucial about who can join the Church, we see in their decision making process a path for us to follow today.

Mass Readings – Friday of the 5th Week of Easter

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Daily Mass: Seeking the signs of the Holy Spirit. Catholic Inspiration

St. Peter’s vision from God enlightens him to recognize the presence of the Holy Spirit among the Gentiles (that’s non-Jewish people.) May our awareness of the Spirit guide us to see the Lord at work among us all in these changing times!

Mass Readings – Monday of the 4th Week of Easter

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Daily Mass: A prayer for bold and fervent faith. Catholic Inspiration

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After the release of Peter and John, the community prays for a bold faith to speak and act in the name of Jesus.

Mass Readings – Monday of the 2nd Week of Easter

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