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Study, Pray, Serve: The 11th Sunday of the Year

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Let’s take a look at some of the major themes we find in the readings for the 11th Sunday of Ordinary Time.

1st Reading – Ezekiel 17:22-24

  • The prophet offers the cedar as a sign of God’s restoration for the people of Israel, which will be ultimately fulfilled in the Kingdom of God.
  • God’s power reigns supreme over all creation.

Psalm – 92:2-3,13-14,15-16

  • “Lord, it is good to give thanks to you.”
  • God is praised for mighty deeds that bring blessings to those who live holy lives.

2nd Reading – 2nd Corinthians 5:6-10

  • We remain courageous as we follow the Lord in faith.
  • In both life and death we belong to the Lord, from whom we will receive recompense for the good or evil we have done.

Gospel – Mark 4:26-34

  • This passage offers two parables about the kingdom of God that highlight the contrast between the humble beginnings of a seed and the final glory of a mature plant.
  • The simple start of a small seed reminds us that God’s power touches the little and the lowly, resulting in a final creation beyond our expectation.

Mass Readings – 11th Sunday of the Year

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Daily Mass: We must proclaim the Kingdom of God. Catholic Inspiration

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Luke’s Gospel reveals the Lord’s drive to travel and announce the Kingdom of God, and as His disciples this same urgency underscores our need to proclaim our faith to all we meet.

Mass Readings – Wednesday of the 22nd Week of the Year


21st Sunday of the Year: Christ is the key to our hearts. Catholic Inspiration

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As Peter receives the keys of the Kingdom of Heaven, we know that we have hope for our hearts; for although the netherworld will not prevail in this spiritual battle, it will seek to keep us from Christ, who offers strength for our souls.

Mass Readings – 21st Sunday of the Year


Daily Mass: God’s mercy extends throughout our lives. Catholic Inspiration

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Jesus offers a parable about the Kingdom of Heaven that offers us hope in God’s abundant mercy throughout our lives. Even to our last breath, the Lord extends to us compassion and grace. May we accept it today!

Mass Readings – Wednesday of the 20th Week of the Year


Daily Mass: The Kingdom of Heaven grows from a tiny seed. Catholic Inspiration

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Jesus uses the examples of seeds and yeast to demonstrate how God works in our world by starting small and growing strong over time.

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


17th Sunday of the Year: The priority of the Kingdom of Heaven. Catholic Inspiration

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Using parables of the treasure and the pearl, Jesus teaches us that the Kingdom of Heaven is our priority above all else.

Mass Readings – 17th Sunday of the Year


Daily Mass: We start small to grow big. Catholic Inspiration

Jesus teaches that the Kingdom of God starts small but over time grows larger and is transformed. The same is true for our spiritual journey, reminding us to take the small steps we need to do today to become the disciples the Lord calls us to be.

Mass Readings – Tuesday of the 30th Week of the Year

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21st Sunday of the Year: Unity, Discipline and Heaven. Catholic Inspiration

The readings this Sunday both challenge and console us to foster unity, endure discipline, and focus on the Kingdom of Heaven. While life will not be easy, God will give us what need for the journey.

Mass Readings – 21st Sunday of the Year

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Daily Mass: The banquet of the Kingdom of Heaven…are you ready? Catholic Inspiration

The Lord uses the image of a banquet to teach us about the power, beauty and expectation of the Kingdom of Heaven. Our journey through this life provides countless opportunities for us to prepare our souls to join this heavenly feast. Are we ready?

Mass Readings – Thursday of the 20th Week of the Year

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Daily Mass: Choosing the Kingdom of Heaven. Catholic Inspiration

The Lord teaches that our actions today result in eternal consequences. As we offer the gift of our lives may we be guided by the light of the Kingdom of Heaven.

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

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