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Study, Pray, Serve: 5th Sunday of Easter

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Let’s explore some of the themes we find in the readings for the 5th Sunday of Easter.

1st Reading – Acts of the Apostles 14:21-27

  • Paul and Barnabas proclaim the Good News and exhort the people to persevere in faith.
  • They appoint elders in the churches they have founded and announce that the door of faith is now opened to the Gentiles.

Psalm – 145:8-13

  • “I will praise your name for ever, my king and my God.”
  • God is gracious and merciful, and the Lord’s kingdom will endure for all ages.

2nd Reading – Revelation 21:1-5a

  • John has a vision of a new heaven and a new earth, along with the holy city of Jerusalem.
  • God will wipe away the tears from his people, for the Lord makes all things new.

Gospel – John 13:31-33a,34-35

  • God glorifies Jesus, the Son of Man, who will offer his life on the Cross for the salvation of the world.
  • Jesus gives a new commandment: Love one another, as the Lord loves us.

Mass Readings – 5th Sunday of Easter

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Study, Pray, Serve: 3rd Sunday of Easter

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Here are some of the key themes that surface in the readings for the 3rd Sunday of Easter.

1st Reading – Acts 5:27-32,40b-41

  • The Apostles stand before the Sanhedrin, stating that they must obey God rather than men.
  • The Apostles rejoice that they were found worthy to suffer dishonor for the sake of the name of Jesus.

Psalm – 30:2,4-6,11-13

  • “I will praise you, Lord, for you have rescued me.”
  • God offers help in times of testing and trial.

2nd Reading – Revelation 5:11-14

  • John sees the heavenly host of angels praising the Lamb of God.
  • All present cry out, “Amen!” and worship the Lord.

Gospel – John 21:1-19

  • A group of disciples recognize the Risen Lord while fishing.
  • Peter responds three times to Jesus’ question, “Do you love me?”

Mass Readings – 3rd Sunday of Easter

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Study, Pray, Serve: 2nd Sunday of Easter

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Here are some of the themes in the readings for the 2nd Sunday of Easter.

1st Reading – Acts of the Apostles 5:12-16

  • The apostles continue the healing ministry of the Lord by performing many signs and wonders.
  • Many people are cured of their illnesses, and the number of believers continues to increase.

Psalm – 118:2-4,13-15,22-24

  • “Give thanks to the Lord for he is good, his love is everlasting.”
  • God performs great deeds, even in the midst of human suffering and tribulation.

2nd Reading – Revelation 1:9-11a,12-13,17-19

  • John is caught up in a prophetic vision where he sees the Son of Man.
  • He is told not to be afraid, for death has been overcome.

Gospel – John 20:19-31

  • “Doubting Thomas” does not believe that the disciples have seen the Risen Lord.
  • Once Thomas does see, Jesus gives praise to those who have not seen, but still believe.

Mass Readings – 2nd Sunday of Easter

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Daily Mass: As disciples of Jesus Christ, we know our destination. Catholic Inspiration

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The readings today all point to a time of fulfillment and hope. The “mountain of the Lord” or the “house of the Lord” or even the healing and restoration made possible by Jesus…it all looks to our final destination where the Lord Jesus Christ reigns supreme!

Mass Readings – Wednesday of the 1st Week of Advent

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Daily Mass: A glimpse at Heaven to guide us on earth. Catholic Inspiration

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Jesus responds to a question about life after death. May these words help us to prepare our lives here on earth so that we will be ready to enter into Heaven.

Mass Readings – Saturday of the 33rd Week of the Year

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Study, Pray, Serve: Christ the King

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Let’s take a look at some of the main themes from the readings for the Feast of Our Lord Jesus Christ, the King of the Universe.

1st Reading – Daniel 7:13-14

  • The Son of Man comes before the Ancient One to receive dominion, glory and kingship.
  • His kingship shall not be destroyed, and all peoples, nations and languages serve him.

Psalm – 93:1-2,5

  • “The Lord is king; he is robed in majesty.”
  • The Lord’s splendor and throne is everlasting; his decrees are worthy of trust.

2nd Reading – Revelation 1:5-8

  • Christ, the faithful witness and firstborn of the dead, loves us and has freed us by his blood.
  • The Lord, who is the Alpha and the Omega, comes with God’s might amid the clouds.

Gospel – John 18:33b-37

  • Pilate questions Jesus to see if he is the King of the Jews.
  • Jesus claims his kingship does not belong to this world, but yes! He is a king!

Mass Readings – The Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, the King of the Universe

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Daily Mass: Guide me, Lord, along the everlasting way. Catholic Inspiration

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The Psalm response echoes our desire to call upon the Lord for the guidance and strength we need to continue on the path through this life until we reach our destination in Heaven.

Mass Readings – Monday of the 32nd Week of the Year

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Daily Mass: Each of us shall give an account before the Lord. Catholic Inspiration

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St. Paul continues his exhortation in the Letter to the Romans, reminding us all that whether we live or die we are the Lord’s. May this insight guide us in our interactions with one another today.

Mass Readings – Thursday of the 31st Week of the Year

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St. Charles Borromeo…pray for us!


Daily Mass: We await the glory of God. Catholic Inspiration

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St. Paul addresses the struggle we face as all creation awaits God’s glory. Yes, there is suffering, but our hope is founded upon Jesus Christ.

Mass Readings – Tuesday of the 30th Week of the Year

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Daily Mass: The gift of God is eternal life. Catholic Inspiration

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St. Paul speaks about how God’s grace transforms our lives and leads us on a path of sanctification, the lifelong process where Christ makes us ready for Heaven.

Mass Readings – Thursday of the 29th Week of the Year

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