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Daily Mass: Saul is jealous of David. Catholic Inspiration

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After his victory over Goliath, David quickly becomes a favorite among the people, and his popularity leads a jealous Saul to consider how to kill him.

Mass Readings – Thursday of the 2nd Week of the Year

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Daily Mass: David and Goliath. Catholic Inspiration

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The battle of David and Goliath illustrates the classic “underdog” theme of victory in the face of impossible odds. Yet David makes it clear that his triumph is not his own doing, for he has put his hope in the Lord.

Mass Readings – Wednesday of the 2nd Week of the Year

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Daily Mass: God gazes into our hearts. Catholic Inspiration

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Samuel observes the sons of Jesse to determine who will be anointed king, but the Lord reminds the prophet that God sees beyond the surface and gazes directly into our hearts.

Mass Readings – Tuesday of the 2nd Week of the Year

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Daily Mass: The Lord rejects Saul as king. Catholic Inspiration

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After his victory over the Amalekites, Saul does not carry out the command of the Lord, and his choice will lead to his rejection as king. May we honestly acknowledge our own shortcomings as call upon Christ today.

Mass Readings – Monday of the 2nd Week of the Year

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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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