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Study, Pray, Serve: 6th Sunday of Easter

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Here are some of the themes we discover in the readings for the 6th Sunday of Easter.

1st Reading – Acts of the Apostles 15:1-2,22-29

  • There is a conflict regarding whether a man must be circumcised to be a follower of Jesus Christ.
  • The leaders in Jerusalem determine that circumcision is not required, thus allowing non-Jews to become Christians more easily.

Psalm – 67:2-3,5-6,8

  • “O God, let all the nations praise you!”
  • The people give praise to God who has pity and blesses them.

2nd Reading – Revelation 21:10-14,22-23

  • Jerusalem is revealed as a radiant city polished with precious gems.
  • There is no temple in the city, nor sun nor moon; God is the source of its glory and light.

Gospel – John 14:23-29

  • The Father and the Son will dwell with those who out of love keep the word of Jesus.
  • The Holy Spirit will come upon the disciples, offering them God’s peace.

Mass Readings – 6th Sunday of Easter

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2nd Sunday of Easter: God’s peace casts out doubt and fear. Catholic Inspiration

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The Risen Lord casts out doubt and fear with the gift of peace from the Holy Spirit.

Mass Readings – 2nd Sunday of Easter

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Daily Mass: David shows restraint against Saul. Catholic Inspiration

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While being hunted by Saul, David prevents his men from harming the king in a cave. His restraint offers us a powerful example of how we repay evil with good.

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

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St. Agnes, pray for us!


Daily Mass: A powerful test of our love for the Lord. Catholic Inspiration

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The first reading minces no words when it comes to testing the depth of our love for God. As we apply this insight to ourselves, may we call upon the Lord to help us love one another in a manner worthy of Christ.

Mass Readings – Thursday after Epiphany

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St. André Bessette, pray for us!


Daily Mass: Christ brings justice and peace to our world. Catholic Inspiration

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The Psalm response joyously proclaims God’s power to bring justice and peace to our world. As disciples of Jesus Christ we proclaim the Lord’s might and live in his light.

Mass Readings – Friday of the 3rd Week of Advent

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Study, Pray, Serve: 3rd Sunday of Advent

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Let’s explore some of the themes we see in the readings for the 3rd Sunday of Advent.

1st Reading – Zephaniah 3:14-18a

  • The people shout for joy and exult at the power of God who turns away their enemies.
  • God is in the midst of the people and they are no longer afraid.

Response – Isaiah 12:2-3,4b-6

  • “Cry out with joy and gladness: for among you is the great and Holy One of Israel.”
  • We are confident and unafraid for our strength and courage is the Lord.

2nd Reading – Philippians 4:4-7

  • We rejoice in the Lord and have no anxiety; rather we pray with thanksgiving as we make our petitions known to God.
  • The peace of God guards our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.

Gospel – Luke 3:10-18

  • John the Baptist gives advice and direction to the people.
  • John’s preaching prepares the people for the coming of Jesus.

Mass Readings – 3rd Sunday of Advent

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Daily Mass: Each of us shall give an account before the Lord. Catholic Inspiration

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St. Paul continues his exhortation in the Letter to the Romans, reminding us all that whether we live or die we are the Lord’s. May this insight guide us in our interactions with one another today.

Mass Readings – Thursday of the 31st Week of the Year

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St. Charles Borromeo…pray for us!


Daily Mass: In God is our safety and our glory. Catholic Inspiration

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When the going gets tough, the tough turn to the Lord! The Psalm response articulates the source of our strength, especially in difficult moments in life.

Mass Readings – Monday of the 23rd Week of the Year

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Daily Mass: A joyous moment for Tobit. Catholic Inspiration

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The Book of Tobit, Part IV – Tobit is healed and reunited with his son and daughter-in-law.

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

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Study, Pray, Serve: Pentecost

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The feast of Pentecost brings the season of Easter to a stunning conclusion with several Scripture options, depending on the Mass you attend and the choice of the presider. Let’s take a look:

Vigil Mass

  • Genesis 11:1-9 – The tower of Babel
  • Exodus 19:3-8,16-20 – Moses leads the people to meet God at the foot of Mount Sinai
  • Ezekiel 37:1-14 – God brings the Spirit and restores the dried bones to life
  • Joel 3:1-5 – God will pour the Spirit upon the people
  • Psalm 104 – “Lord, send out your Spirit, and renew the face of the earth.”
  • Romans 8:22-27 – The Spirit comes to the aid of our weakness
  • John 7:37-39 – Jesus speaks of the Spirit as a living water that flows from within

Mass during the Day

  • Acts 2:1-11 – The Holy Spirit descends upon the disciples and they speak many different languages
  • Psalm 104 – “Lord, send out your Spirit, and renew the face of the earth.”
  • 1 Corinthians 12:3-7,12-13 – The Spirit gives many different gifts and unites the many parts of the body
  • Galatians 5:16-25 – Live and be guided by the Spirit and the fruit of the Spirit
  • John 20:19-23 – Jesus breathes on the disciples, offering them peace and the Holy Spirit
  • John 15:26-27; 16:12-15 – Jesus speaks of the Spirit of truth, the Advocate

These readings are all powerful reminders that the Holy Spirit is among us! May we call upon the Spirit each and every day for the strength and wisdom we need as we strive to offer our lives for the Lord.

Come Holy Spirit! Fill the hearts of your faithful and kindle in them the fire of your love. Send forth your Spirit, and they shall be created. And you will renew the face of the earth. O God, who by the light of the Holy Spirit, did instruct the hearts of the faithful, grant that by the same Holy Spirit we may be truly wise and ever enjoy His consolations. Through Christ our Lord. Amen!

Mass Readings – Pentecost

Vigil Mass

Mass during the Day

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