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Study, Pray, Serve: 19th Sunday of the Year

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Let’s take a look at some of the key themes in the Mass Readings for the 19th Sunday of the Year.

1st Reading – Wisdom 18:6-9

  • During the first Passover (in Egypt) the people awaited the salvation of the just.
  • Their faith gave them courage in the face of their adversaries.

Psalm 33:1,12,18-22

  • “Blessed the people the Lord has chosen to be his own.”
  • We rejoice and place our hope in God who has delivered us from death.

2nd Reading – Hebrews 11:1-2,8-19

  • “Faith is the realization of what is hoped for and evidence of things not seen.”
  • The example of Abraham’s faith is offered to inspire us as we place our hope in Christ.

Gospel – Luke 12:32-48

  • Jesus offers two examples of servants who are prepared and are doing what the master orders.
  • “For where your treasure is, there also will your heart be.”
  • “Be prepared, for at an hour you do not expect, the Son of Man will come.”
  • “Much will be required of the person entrusted with much, and still more will be demanded of the person entrusted with more.”

Mass Readings – 19th Sunday of the Year

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18th Sunday of the Year: Life does not consist of possessions. Catholic Inspiration

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In the face of a family, financial conflict, Jesus offers a parable that warns about the danger of greed. May we use the wealth we have wisely and well in this life…for we cannot take it with us in the next!

Mass Readings – 18th Sunday of the Year

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Daily Mass: Lord in your great love, answer me! Catholic Inspiration

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Today’s psalm both acknowledges our struggles and affirms our faith in God’s grace. May we turn to the Lord in our times of trial and draw strength from the one who died that we might have eternal life.

Mass Readings – Saturday of the 17th Week of the Year

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St. Peter Chrysologus, pray for us!


Daily Mass: Martha’s faith. Catholic Inspiration

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Martha testifies to her faith in Jesus, giving witness that he is the Lord. May her example inspire us to do the same each and every day.

Mass Readings – Saints Martha, Mary and Lazarus

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Saints, Martha, Mary and Lazarus, pray for us!


Daily Mass: We are clay in the hands of the potter. Catholic inspiration

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Jeremiah uses the image of the clay and the potter to describe our relationship to the Lord. May we offer our lives to Christ, the Master Potter, to shape us for his service in the world.

Mass Readings – Thursday of the 17th Week of the Year

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Daily Mass: The Kingdom of Heaven…is a treasure! Catholic Inspiration

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Jesus teaches that the Kingdom of Heaven is a fantastic treasure, greater than anything we might discover here on earth. Will we make the sacrifices necessary in this life to obtain what awaits us in the next?

Mass Readings – Wednesday of the 17th Week of the Year

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Daily Mass: Good, evil and final judgment. Catholic Inspiration

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In a rare moment Jesus explains a parable and reveals the significance of good, evil and the final judgment. Whoever has ears ought to hear!

Mass Readings – Tuesday of the 17th Week of the Year

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St. Joachim and St. Anne, pray for us!


Daily Mass: To follow Jesus means that we serve one another. Catholic Inspiration

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As the disciples become indignant over the request from the mother of James and John, the Lord uses the opportunity as a teachable moment…showing how his disciples are called to serve one another.

Mass Readings – Feast of St. James, Apostle

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St. James the Apostle, pray for us!


Study, Pray, Serve: 18th Sunday of the Year

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Here are some of the main themes that surface in the readings for the 18th Sunday of the Year.

1st Reading – Ecclesiastes 1:2; 2:21-23

  • All things (apart from God) are vanity.
  • Toil and labor (again, apart from God!) are of no use.

Psalm – 90:3-6,12-14,17

  • “If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts.”
  • We call upon the Lord, who brings meaning and mercy to our lives.

2nd Reading – Colossians 3:1-5,9-11

  • We have died and risen with Christ, and we turn away from to a new life in the Lord.
  • In Christ there is no division within humanity; Christ is all and in all.

Gospel – Luke 12:13-21

  • Jesus offers a parable that warns against the futility of greed.
  • Instead, we are encouraged to become rich in what matters to God.

Mass Readings – 18th Sunday of the Year

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17th Sunday of the Year: Persistently praying for what we need. Catholic Inspiration

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Jesus teaches his disciples the Lord’s Prayer in the Gospel of Luke, emphasizing the importance of persistence in praying for what we need.

Mass Readings – 17th Sunday of the Year

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