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Study, Pray, Serve: 30th Sunday of the Year

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Here are some of the themes in the readings for the 30th Sunday of the Year.

1st Reading – Sirach 35:12-14,16-18

  • The Lord, a God of justice, hears the cry of the weak and the oppressed, the orphan and the widow.
  • The prayer of the lowly reaches the Most High who judges justly and affirms what is right.

Psalm – 34:2-3,17-19,23

  • “The Lord hears the cry of the poor.”
  • God is close to the brokenhearted and rescues them from distress.

2nd Reading – 2nd Timothy 4:6-8,16-18

  • Having kept the faith during a time of trial, the Lord gave strength to continue.

Gospel – Luke 18:9-14

  • Two men went to pray, but only one was heard by God…a tax collector who acknowledged his sin and need for the Lord’s mercy.
  • “Whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and who humbles himself will be exalted.”

Mass Readings – 30th Sunday of the Year

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Catholic Inspiration Archives


Daily Mass: The Good Samaritan. Catholic Inspiration

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When asked, “Who is my neighbor?” Jesus responds with the parable of the Good Samaritan, inviting us to consider how we might go beyond the ordinary call of duty to put God’s love into practice.

Mass Readings – Monday of the 27th Week of the Year

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Catholic Inspiration Archives


Daily Mass: The Lord is our refuge. Catholic Inspiration

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The Psalm response inspires us to return to the Lord and embrace the gift of faith. May our lives be strengthened as we place our trust in Jesus Christ.

Mass Readings – Saturday of the 4th Week of Lent

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Catholic Inspiration Archives

St. Francis of Paola, pray for us!


Daily Mass: Pharaoh’s army pursues the people of Israel. Catholic Inspiration

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Today’s first reading shows how Pharaoh pursued the Hebrews after they left Egypt. Despite the fear of the people, God promises to defend them in their moment of need.

Mass Readings – Monday of the 16th Week of the Year

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Daily Mass: The revelation of Raphael. Catholic Inspiration

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The Book of Tobit, Part V – In the final installment, we see the revelation of the angel Raphael who urges Tobit and Tobiah to give unceasing praise to God.

Mass Readings – Saturday of the 9th Week of the Year

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Catholic Inspiration Archives


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

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The psalm response stirs our hearts as we recognize our need for God’s help, especially in times of great distress.

Mass Readings – Wednesday of Holy Week

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Catholic Inspiration Archives


Daily Mass: In our distress, we call upon the Lord. Catholic Inspiration

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The Psalm response today reminds us that even in the darkest moments of terror and distress we call upon the Lord for the strength we need.

Mass Readings – Friday of the 5th Week of Lent

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Catholic Inspiration Archives


Daily Mass: The Lord guards us like a shepherd. Catholic Inspiration

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Guided and guarded by God, we grow in grace so as to give ourselves in service to one another.

Mass Readings – Friday of the 16th Week of the Year


Daily Mass: We draw strength from the Lord. Catholic Inspiration

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As we draw near to Jesus we find new strength when we need it most.

Mass Readings – Thursday of the 15th Week of the Year


Daily Mass: God gives us the strength we need today. Catholic Inspiration

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The showdown between Elijah and the 450 prophets of Baal illustrates how we rely on the Lord for the strength we need, even against impossible odds.

Mass Readings – Wednesday of the 10th Week of the Year

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