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Study, Pray, Serve: 31st Sunday of the Year

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Here are some of the key themes in the readings for the 31st Sunday of the Year.

1st Reading – Deuteronomy 6:2-6

  • The first part of the reading reminds the people of Israel to follow the precepts of the Lord as they enter into the promised land.
  • The second part forms part of Jewish daily prayer: “Hear, O Israel! The Lord is our God, the Lord alone!”
  • In this second part the love of God (heart, soul and strength) is understood as a total commitment of one’s entire being…all for the Lord.

Psalm – 18:2-4,47,51

  • “I love you, Lord, my strength.”
  • We acknowledge God’s might and praise his glory.

2nd Reading – Hebrews 7:23-28

  • This passage contrasts the Levitical priesthood with that of Jesus.
  • The priesthood of Christ is eternal, sinless, always able to save, and his once-for-all sacrifice cleanses us from our sins.

Gospel – Mark 12:28b-34

  • When asked which is the first of the commandments, Jesus quotes Deuteronomy 6:4-5 and Leviticus 19:18.
  • Thus, loving God and loving neighbor are essential for Christian disciples, woven together in our daily words and actions.

Mass Readings – 31st Sunday of the Year

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Catholic Inspiration Archives


Daily Mass: Putting into practice the greatest commandments. Catholic Inspiration

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Jesus offers a simple and direct teaching about the greatest commandments, loving God and neighbor. Our task? Putting them into practice!

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

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St. Bernard…pray for us!


Daily Mass: Our love for the Lord leads us to follow his path. Catholic Inspiration

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The three-fold exchange between Jesus and Peter reveals the Lord’s desire to both meet us where we are and challenge us to grow. Our love for the Lord will thus lead us to follow him with greater intensity as we open our hearts and offer our lives.

Mass Readings – Friday of the 7th Week of Easter

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Daily Mass: A lesson about love. Catholic Inspiration

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Jesus teaches the two greatest commandments and offers us a powerfully practical way to evaluate our lives as we offer them for the Lord. Let us love one another as God loves us!

Mass Readings – Friday of the 3rd Week of Lent

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Daily Mass: Our love for one other reveals the face of Christ. Catholic Inspiration

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In this third part of the reflection on love from the First Letter of John, we see how our love for others reflects the love that flows from the heart of God. When we love one another we are acting on the Lord’s commandment and showing the world the face of Christ.

Mass Readings – Thursday after Epiphany (Christmas Weekday)


Daily Mass: God is Love. Catholic Inspiration

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Love finds its origin and power in God, for God is love. May we draw close to the Lord so that His love will overflow our hearts.

Mass Readings – Christmas Weekday (St. John Neumann)


30th Sunday of the Year: Our love is revealed in our actions. Catholic Inspiration

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The Great Commandment to love God and love one another offers a reminder that while our words signal our behavior, our actions reveal our hearts.

Mass Readings – 30th Sunday of the Year


30th Sunday of the Year: It’s all about Love.

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Study:  Reflect on some people who live their faith through their loving thoughts, words, and actions.

Pray:  Is there a person or situation in your life that calls for greater charity?  Ask the Lord for the wisdom and guidance to do it.

Serve:  Is there someone in your life right now who would benefit from your time, attention, and/or effort?  How can you help?

Mass Readings – 30th Sunday of the Year

What is the central and most important part of being a Christian? What should be the focus around which we build our lives?

The answer is explicit: LOVE.

Jesus takes the two commands, love of God and love of neighbor and links them as the heart of the Christian message – from which the teaching of the entire Scriptures finds its soul. Love is the sign of the Church, it is the proof of faith, and it is the reality which reveals to others the depth of our commitment as disciples of Jesus Christ.

But what do these commands mean for us? After all, the question for each of us is “How does the law of Love affect me? How do these commands shape my life?”
I look at this from three different angles:

* By how I THINK.
* By how I SPEAK.
* By how I ACT.

In other words, do my thoughts, words, and actions reveal the law of love in my life? When I look at myself in each of these areas do I measure up with the commands of Jesus?

Imagine that each of these parts of life could be made into a movie. I see myself watching “The Thoughts of Fr. Andrew,” followed by “The Words of Fr. Andrew,” and then “The Actions of Fr. Andrew.” Do I like what I see on the screen?

When we come to the end of our lives, I doubt if many of us will wish we had worked more, or earned more money, or bought more things. In the end I expect most of us will wish we had spent more time loving the people in our lives – through what we thought, said, and did.

This love, which comes from God, is intended for us to share while we are here on earth. Our faith tells us that one day the Lord will call us home. On that day may we find ourselves prepared; having loved one another in this life we will then step into eternal Love in the Kingdom of Heaven.

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Note: This blog was first published on October 20, 2014. 


Daily Mass: Love God and Neighbor? Show your work! Catholic Inspiration

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The great commandment to love God and neighbor is a crucial component to follow Jesus Christ. Our task: to demonstrate daily in thought, word and deed that we are putting it into practice.

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


Daily Mass: God’s love in the face of riots, looting and fear. Catholic Inspiration

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The stress and tension of the recent riots, compounded by COVID-19 concerns, reveals the crucial need to carry out the love of Christ that we hear about in the Gospel of Mark today.

Mass Readings – Thursday of the 9th Week of the Year

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