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Study, Pray, Serve: 3rd Sunday of the Year

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Here are some of the central themes in the readings for the 3rd Sunday of the Year.

1st Reading – Nehemiah 8:2-4a,5-6,8-10

  • After the Babylonian captivity, the people gather together to hear Ezra read God’s holy law in the scriptures.
  • Ezra and Nehemiah instruct the people to make the day holy, rejoicing in the Lord for their strength.

Psalm – 19:8-10,15

  • “Your words, Lord, are Spirit and life.”
  • The precepts and law of the Lord give wisdom, joy and enlightenment.

2nd Reading – 1st Corinthians 12:12-30

  • Paul uses the example of the body to illustrate how many different parts work together as one.
  • As the Body of Christ we recognize the unique contributions of all people and unite together for the glory of God.

Gospel – Luke 1:1-4; 4:4-21

  • Luke introduces his Gospel as a way to offer an orderly sequence of the events of Jesus.
  • In the synagogue at Nazareth, the Lord reads from the scroll of Isaiah and proclaims that this prophecy is fulfilled.

Mass Readings – 3rd Sunday of the Year

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2nd Sunday of the Year: Do whatever he tells you. Catholic Inspiration

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Mary’s command to the servants is our command as well. For us to “do whatever he tells you” requires that we are receptive to God’s prompting in our hearts. May we be open to the command of Christ as we follow him today.

Mass Readings – 2nd Sunday of the Year

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Daily Mass: Saul is anointed king. Catholic Inspiration

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In this comedy of errors, Saul goes looking for lost donkeys and ends up being anointed king. (And you think politics is crazy today?) And yet in the midst of the messy we find God at work, leading and directing us on a path that leads to hope.

Mass Readings – Saturday of the 1st Week of the Year

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Daily Mass: Out of fear the people ask for a king. Catholic Inspiration

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Samuel has now grown old and the people of Israel approach him to ask for a king to rule and fight their battles. The Lord reveals the negative things that will happen, but the people persist in their desire.

Mass Readings – Friday of the 1st Week of the Year

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Daily Mass: The pain of violence and war. Catholic Inspiration

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The Philistine army disastrously defeats the people of Israel, who suffer enormous casualties and loss.

Mass Readings – Thursday of the 1st Week of the Year

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Daily Mass: Speak, Lord, your servant is listening. Catholic Inspiration

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Samuel’s response to the Lord’s call offers us an example to follow as we actively listen and respond to God’s gentle invitation.

Mass Readings – Wednesday of the 1st Week of the Year

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Daily Mass: God hears Hannah’s prayer. Catholic Inspiration

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Hannah, filled with grief at being childless, pours out her prayer to the Lord.

Mass Readings – Tuesday of the 1st Week of the Year

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Daily Mass: Faith in the context of human frailty. Catholic Inspiration

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The sorrow of Hannah resonates with all couples who long to parent children but are unable to conceive. This example of our human frailty underscores how our faith can strengthen us in times of trial.

Mass Readings – Monday of the 1st Week of the Year

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Study, Pray, Serve: 2nd Sunday of the Year

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

1st Reading – Isaiah 62:1-5

  • Jerusalem will no longer be forsaken, but vindicated and recognized by all the nations.
  • The Lord will claim Jerusalem for his own and with great rejoicing.

Psalm – 96:1-3,7-10

  • “Proclaim his marvelous deeds to all the nations.”
  • Glory and praise is given to God with singing, rejoicing and worship.

2nd Reading – 1st Corinthians 12:4-11

  • There are a variety of gifts, service and work…but there is one God whose Spirit directs all.
  • Paul then lists a number of spiritual gifts, recalling how each person has something unique to offer.

Gospel John 2:1-11

  • At a wedding in Cana in Galilee, Jesus performs a miracle by turning water into wine.
  • This wine (done at the request of his mother, Mary) is superior to the wine that was served before.

Mass Readings – 2nd Sunday of the Year

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Baptism of the Lord: The humility of John the Baptist. Catholic Inspiration

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When asked if he was the Christ, John the Baptist redirected the crowd to the coming of Jesus. His humility offers us an example about how to live our lives as we follow the Lord.

Mass Readings – Baptism of the Lord

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