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18th Sunday of the Year: Holy Communion is the Real Presence of Jesus Christ. Catholic Inspiration

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In the sixth chapter of John’s Gospel Jesus says that he is the Bread of Life, and as we hear these words in the context of the New Testament and the early Church we come to the awareness that this bread – our reception of Holy Communion at Mass – is the Real Presence of Jesus Christ!

Mass Readings – 18th Sunday of the Year

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Daily Mass: Let all the nations praise the Lord! Catholic Inspiration

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The Psalm response reminds us to take a moment each day for praise and thanksgiving to God for all that we have received. May all the nations praise the Lord!

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

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Daily Mass: A lack of faith keeps us from Christ. Catholic Inspiration

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The lack of faith on the part of the people of Nazareth limited their ability to receive the Good News. It’s an important lesson for us all: may we grow in faith so that we can grow in God’s grace!

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

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Daily Mass: Christ’s friendship with Martha, Mary and Lazarus. Catholic Inspiration

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The feast of Saints Martha, Mary and Lazarus offers an opportunity to reflect on their friendship with Jesus, inviting us all to consider how we might foster our friendship with the Lord as we grow in faith and love.

Mass Readings – Memorial of Saints Martha, Mary and Lazarus

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Daily Mass: Moses is transformed by God’s presence. Catholic Inspiration

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Moses becomes radiant through his encounter with God. The image helps us understand how the more we dwell upon Lord’s presence in our lives, the more we are transformed…for the good!

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

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Daily Mass: Moses speaks with God. Catholic Inspiration

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The extraordinary encounter between Moses and God, speaking face-to-face, inspires us to consider how God makes it possible for us (through Jesus) to have a personal relationship with the Lord.

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

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Daily Mass: Turning away from false idols. Catholic Inspiration

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Moses returns from the mountain and finds that the people are now worshipping a golden calf. After destroying the image, Moses intercedes on behalf of the people – asking God to pardon their sin.

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

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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 this 18th Sunday of the Year.

1st Reading – Exodus 16:2-4,12-15

  • The people are hungry in the wilderness, and they are now grumbling against Moses and Aaron.
  • God instructs Moses to prepare the people to receive quail and manna.

Psalm – 78:2-4,23-25,54

  • “The Lord gave them bread from heaven.”
  • The Psalmist recounts the miracle from the Book of Exodus, highlighting God’s abundant goodness.

2nd Reading – Ephesians 4:17,20-24

  • The people are called to put away the corruption and deceit of their former way of life.
  • They seek God’s way in righteousness and truth as they put on the new self in Christ.

Gospel – John 6:24-35

  • Jesus responds to the questions of the people, including their request for a work of God that they can do.
  • Jesus teaches them to believe in him – the one sent from God – and the Lord then states that he is the bread of life.

Mass Readings – 18th Sunday of the Year

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17th Sunday of the Year: An example of giving and receiving. Catholic Inspiration

My parents, Pat & Diane Ricci, making ravioli for a feast!

Christ nourishes body and soul as he feeds the 5000 following his time teaching and healing. As the crowd’s hunger is satisfied with the Lord’s abundance, we gain spiritual insight into how we generously give and gratefully receive the blessings of life.

Mass Readings – 17th Sunday of the Year

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Daily Mass: God makes a covenant with the people. Catholic Inspiration

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Moses relates to the people the teachings and commandments of the Lord, forging a covenant in the blood of a sacrifice that binds the children of Israel with the Almighty.

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

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