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Study, Pray, Serve: Easter Day

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Let’s examine some of the main themes in the readings for Easter Day.

1st Reading – Acts of the Apostles 10:34a,37-43

  • Peter proclaims the life, death and resurrection of Jesus to the crowd.
  • The disciples are witnesses of Christ and testify on his behalf for the forgiveness of sins.

Psalm 118: 1-2,16-17,22-23

  • “This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad.”
  • We give thanks for the might and glory of God who is merciful to us.

2nd Reading – Colossians 3:1-4

  • You have died with Christ, and your life is hidden with God.
  • When Christ your life appears, you will appear with him in glory.

2nd Reading – 1st Corinthians 5:6b-8

  • We clear out the old yeast of malice and wickedness.
  • We make a new batch of dough with the new yeast of sincerity and truth.

Gospel – John 20:1-9

  • Mary Magdalen finds the tomb empty and runs to tell Peter and the other disciple.
  • Peter and the other disciple run back to the tomb.
  • They had not yet understood that Jesus had to rise from the dead.

Mass Readings – Easter Day


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The power of the Eucharist in the modern world. Catholic Inspiration

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The sixth and final installment about the Eucharist examines the “Road to Emmaus” from the Gospel of Luke as a model for understanding how the Mass can powerfully impact our spiritual lives in the modern world.


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Palm Sunday: The Passion of the Lord. Catholic Inspiration

We begin Holy Week every year be recounting the sacrifice of the Lord Jesus, who offered his life on the Cross for the salvation of the world.

Mass Readings – Palm Sunday: The Passion of the Lord


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

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Jeremiah affirms that God is his mighty champion, a source of protection in times of trial. May we echo his sentiment as we proclaim the psalm response, “In my distress I called upon the Lord, and he heard my voice!”

Mass Readings – Friday of the 5th Week of Lent


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Daily Mass: The Lord is with us; we fear no evil. Catholic Inspiration

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Psalm 23 has given strength and hope to countless Jews and Christians. May we face our fears with God’s grace to sustain us.

Mass Readings – Monday of the 5th Week of Lent


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St. Isidore, pray for us!

Study, Pray, Serve: 5th Sunday of Lent

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Let’s explore some of the themes for this 5th Sunday of Lent.

1st Reading – Isaiah 43:16-21

  • The prophet invites the people to reflect on God’s mighty deeds in the past.
  • The Lord is now doing something new that will renew all creation.

Psalm – 126:1-6

  • “The Lord has done great things for us; we are filled with joy.”
  • Out of moments of suffering and trial, we recall God’s grace and help.

2nd Reading – Philippians 3:8-14

  • St. Paul contrasts how little he disregards the suffering in this life for the glory we possess in Jesus Christ.
  • With his hope anchored in the Lord, he eagerly looks ahead to the future.

Gospel – John 8:1-11

  • A woman caught in adultery is brought before Jesus by an angry crowd.
  • After Jesus gently admonishes the crowd to consider their own sins, he then shows mercy to the woman.

Mass Readings – 5th Sunday of Lent


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Note: These are the readings for “Year C” in the Lectionary for Mass. On the 3rd, 4th and 5th Sundays of Lent, parishes may use the “Year A” readings at Masses that include members of the RCIA process.

2nd Sunday of Lent: Christ is our hope. Catholic Inspiration

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The Transfiguration reveals the glory of Jesus while on his journey to the Cross in Jerusalem. This glimpse of the Lord’s majesty provides hope, offering grace and strength to all who strive to carry their Crosses through this life.

Mass Readings – 2nd Sunday of Lent


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Study, Pray, Serve: 2nd Sunday of Lent

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

1st Reading – Genesis 15:5-12,17-18

  • God promises that Abram’s descendants will be as numerous as the stars in the sky.
  • God makes a covenant with Abram and grants to his descendants a new land.

Psalm – 27:1,7-9,13-14

  • “The Lord is my light and my salvation.”
  • We seek the Lord for courage and strength.

2nd Reading – Philippians 3:17-4:1

  • Paul invites the people to be imitators of his example, following the Cross of Christ.
  • We stand firm in the Lord, as we claim our citizenship in heaven.

Gospel – Luke 9:28b-36

  • Jesus takes Peter, James and John up a mountain where he is transfigured in glory.
  • A voice proclaims, “This is my chosen Son; listen to him.”

Mass Readings – 2nd Sunday of Lent


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5th Sunday of the Year: We face our fears and follow the Lord. Catholic Inspiration

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Both Isaiah and Peter face their fears as they embrace the Lord’s invitation and follow with all their heart. May their example inspire us to echo the words of Isaiah: Here I am Lord! Send me!

Mass Readings – 5th Sunday of the Year


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The Mass of Christmas: Christ our Light. Catholic Inspiration

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May the light of Jesus Christ cast out the darkness in our hearts and shine with a brilliance that fosters faith as we embrace the Lord’s love. Merry Christmas!

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