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Study, Pray, Serve: 14th Sunday of the Year

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Here are some of the themes that surface in the readings for the 14th Sunday of the Year.

1st Reading – Ezekiel 2:2-5

  • Ezekiel is sent by God as a prophet to a people who have rebelled in the past.
  • Whether they heed or resist, they will know that a prophet has been sent among them.

Psalm – 123: 1-4

  • “Our eyes are fixed on the Lord, pleading for his mercy.”
  • The Psalmist cries out to God on behalf of the people who have experienced mockery and contempt.

2nd Reading – 2nd Corinthians 12:7-10

  • Paul acknowledges his weaknesses as an opportunity to rely on Christ.
  • In Christ we have the strength we need to face the hardships and persecutions of this world.

Gospel – Mark 6:1-6

  • Jesus is rejected in Nazareth as the people take offense at him.
  • Christ is amazed at their lack of faith, and does no mighty deeds there.

Mass Readings – 14th Sunday of the Year


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Daily Mass: The preaching of St. Stephen. Catholic Inspiration

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Stephen, filled with the grace and power of the Holy Spirit, boldly speaks about Jesus Christ in the context of great persecution.

Mass Readings – Monday of the 3rd Week of Easter


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Daily Mass: Living the Lord’s love in the face of persecution. Catholic Inspiration

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The disciples face persecution with Easter joy and the power of the Holy Spirit. May their example inspire us to live the love of Jesus Christ, even as we face obstacles and hostility in the world today.

Mass Readings – Wednesday of the 2nd Week of Easter


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Daily Mass: Our task will not be easy, but God will give us strength! Catholic Inspiration

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The Lord speaks with great clarity that persecution and hardship will accompany us as disciples, even as we trust in the Lord for the grace and strength to overcome them.

Mass Readings – Friday of the 14th Week of the Year

Daily Mass: When the going gets tough, get going…with God! Catholic Inspiration

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In the Second Letter to Timothy we hear the call to remain steadfast in the face of persecution and hardship.

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


Daily Mass: St. Peter responds to opposition. Catholic Inspiration

St. Peter’s bold response in faith to the opposition reveals an example we can follow as we face the challenges before us today.

Mass Readings – Friday in the Octave of Easter

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Daily Mass: Walking through the fiery furnace with the Lord. Catholic Inspiration

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Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego walked in the fiery furnace with a fourth person who looked like a Son of God. During those times in our lives when we have been put to the test, may we trust that Christ walks with us as well.

Mass Readings – Wednesday of the 5th Week of Lent


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25th Sunday of the Year: Life is a battle; keep fighting with faith. Catholic Inspiration

The readings state plainly the hostility and difficulty we often find in lives.  Sometimes the battle is outside ourselves, and sometimes it is within.  Yet as we fight our battles, we constantly use our most powerful weapon: the grace we receive through our faith in Jesus Christ!

Mass Readings – 25th Sunday of the Year


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Daily Mass: Persecution and Perseverance. Catholic Inspiration

The Lord speaks bluntly to the disciples, saying that many who follow him will suffer persecution.  Yet as we persevere in faith we are reminded that God will give us what we need to keep going.

Mass Readings – Wednesday of the 34th Week of the Year

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Daily Mass: Facing the opposition to the Gospel. Catholic Inspiration

Mass Readings – Friday of the 14th Week of the Year

The Lord speaks bluntly when he tells his disciples about the opposition they will encounter: hatred, persecution, suffering, and ridicule will follow them.  And yet this opposition only highlights what’s truly at stake: eternal life!

Archive of Fr. Andrew’s Podcasts

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