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Study, Pray, Serve: 2nd Sunday of Easter

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Here are some of the main themes that we find in the readings for the 2nd Sunday of Easter, also known as Divine Mercy Sunday.

1st Reading – Acts 2:42-47

  • The disciples are living in community, eating and praying together as they share their resources to take care of one another.
  • The apostles perform many signs and wonders, and the numbers of believers continue to grow.

Psalm – 118:2-4,13-15,22-24

  • “Give thanks to the Lord for he is good, his love is everlasting.”
  • God gives help and strength to those in need, renewing lives that have been rejected by others.

2nd Reading – 1st Peter 1:3-9

  • Praise is given to God the Father who has saved us through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
  • We acknowledge our present sufferings and place our hope in the Lord as we journey toward eternal life.

Gospel – John 20:19-31

  • The Risen Lord Jesus appears to the disciples on two occasions saying, “Peace be with you.”
  • Thomas, absent at the first appearance, comes to believe and professes his faith in Christ.

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The Resurrection of the Lord: Easter Day

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There is an intensity in Mary Magdalene, Peter, and John as they run to discover what happened in the early morning hours of the resurrection. As events unfold they will rejoice with exultant faith that Jesus Christ is the Risen Lord!

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Study, Pray, Serve: Easter Sunday

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Let’s examine some of the main themes in the readings for Easter Day.

1st Reading – Acts of the Apostles 10:34a,37-43

  • Peter proclaims the life, death and resurrection of Jesus to the crowd.
  • The disciples are witnesses of Christ and testify on his behalf for the forgiveness of sins.

Psalm 118: 1-2,16-17,22-23

  • “This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad.”
  • We give thanks for the might and glory of God who is merciful to us.

2nd Reading – Colossians 3:1-4

  • You have died with Christ, and your life is hidden with God.
  • When Christ your life appears, you will appear with him in glory.

2nd Reading – 1st Corinthians 5:6b-8

  • We clear out the old yeast of malice and wickedness.
  • We make a new batch of dough with the new yeast of sincerity and truth.

Gospel – John 20:1-9

  • Mary Magdalen finds the tomb empty and runs to tell Peter and the other disciple.
  • Peter and the other disciple run back to the tomb.
  • They had not yet understood that Jesus had to rise from the dead.

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Note: This post was first published on April 11, 2022.

Daily Mass: One day we will all stand before Jesus, the just judge. Catholic Inspiration

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Jesus speaks about his profound relationship with his heavenly Father, teaching that he will one day judge all souls in the resurrection that leads either to life or death.  May we embrace our faith in Christ today, preparing ourselves for the moment when we stand before the Lord.

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Study, Pray, Serve: 5th Sunday of Lent

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Let’s explore some of the themes we discover in the Mass readings for the 5th Sunday of Lent.

1st Reading – Ezekiel 37:12-14

  • The Lord calls the people to rise up from their graves and return to the land of Israel.
  • God promises them the gift of his spirit that they will live.

Psalm – 130:1-8

  • “With the Lord there is mercy and fullness of redemption.”
  • Out of the depths we cry to the Lord, trusting in the Lord’s forgiveness and kindness.

2nd Reading – Romans 8:8-11

  • We cannot please God if we remain in the flesh, but if the Spirit of God dwells in us, we are raised to life.
  • If Christ is in us, then the spirit that raised Christ will also raise us up.

Gospel – John 11:1-45

  • Jesus returns to Bethany to raise Lazarus who has been in the tomb for four days.
  • Both sisters of Lazarus, Martha and Mary, reveal their faith in Jesus, and many more people come to believe as well.

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Daily Mass: Those who follow the Lord will have the light of life. Catholic Inspiration

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Both Isaiah and the Psalmist urge us to follow the Lord in word and action so that we may dwell in God’s living light.

Mass Readings – Friday of the 2nd Week of Advent


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St. Juan Diego Cuauhtlatoatzin, pray for us!

The Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed

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There are many options for the readings at Mass on this feast of All Souls. If they sound familiar, chances are you’ve heard them at more than one funeral. May our prayers this day be directed to those who gone before us…may they rest in peace.

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Grant them eternal rest, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May they rest in peace. May their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed, rest in peace.

Daily Mass: We stay close to Christ and call upon the Holy Spirit. Catholic Inspiration

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The Lord makes it clear that our choice to follow him has eternal consequences. As we struggle through the spiritual battles of this life, we call upon the Holy Spirit for guidance and strength.

Mass Readings – Saturday of the 28th Week of the Year


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St. Theresa of Jesus, pray for us!

Daily Mass: We have died with Christ; we will also rise with him! Catholic Inspiration

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St. Paul shows the people of Corinth how the resurrection of Jesus propels our hope that at the end of our earthly lives the Lord will raise us up. May this conviction empower us to shine with the light of Christ!

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St. Robert Bellarmine, pray for us!

The Commemoration of all the Faithful Departed…All Souls. Catholic Inspiration

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Today we remember all our beloved dead and we entrust them to the tender care of Christ’s divine mercy. Living and deceased, we are all held in the hands of God, and we pray for the repose of the souls of those who have passed from this life…that they will be united in love with the Lord in Heaven.

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Eternal rest grant unto them O Lord. Let Perpetual Light shine upon them. May they rest in peace. May their souls and the souls of all the Faithful Departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

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