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Study, Pray, Serve: 25th Sunday of the Year

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Here are some of the main themes for the readings for the 25th Sunday of the Year.

1st Reading – Amos 8:4-7

  • The prophet Amos lists a number of ways that the needy have been harmed.
  • The Lord will not forget the evil that people have done to those in need.

Psalm – 113:1-2,4-8

  • “Praise the Lord who lifts up the poor.”
  • The Lord, who is enthroned on high, raises the lowly.

2nd Reading – 1st Timothy 2:1-8

  • Prayers and supplications are offered for those who are in authority.
  • There is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, Jesus Christ.

Gospel – Luke 16:1-13

  • Jesus offers a parable of a dishonest steward who shows initiative.
  • The Lord offers a principle: those who are trustworthy in small matters will be trustworthy in great ones.

Mass Readings – 25th Sunday of the Year


Catholic Inspiration Archives

Daily Mass: Lazarus and the rich man. Catholic Inspiration

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The parable of Lazarus and the rich man pokes at our consciences. Do we see the poverty around us and respond with compassion? We know the teaching of Jesus…may we ask the Lord for the grace to put His words into practice.

Mass Readings – Thursday of the 2nd Week of Lent


Catholic Inspiration Archives

26th Sunday of the Year – The rich man and Lazarus

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Study:  Is there a particular need that keeps coming to your attention?  Reflect on how your resources might be used to help another.

Pray:  Ask the Lord to see more clearly the needs of the poor and respond with wisdom and compassion.

Serve:  Is there a simple action that you can do right now to help another?  How can you make it happen?

Mass Readings – 26th Sunday of the Year

The parable of the rich man and Lazarus speaks timelessly to our modern day culture.  Without a doubt we can all acknowledge the many, many ways that we have been materially blessed in our country, and this parable invites us to pay careful attention to how we respond to the needs of those who struggle for the basic necessities of life.

Let’s face it: there are way too many people living in desperate circumstances.  Some are within our own communities and countless millions suffer needlessly because they do not have adequate food, clothing, or shelter.  With so much need in the world we can sometimes become overwhelmed.  Where to start?  How can our little bit help when the need is so great?

And perhaps that’s the key – that we start with something within our reach.  Perhaps we have a connection close at hand that provides us with opportunities to make a difference (no matter how big or small) in the lives of others.

That leaves us with two simple questions to consider today:

  1. Where do we see obvious need in our world right now?
  2. Is there a practical and direct way that we can help?

As disciples of Jesus Christ we cannot close our eyes to the needs of the poor, and if we cannot solve all the world’s problems at least we can seek out ways to be part of a solution for someone.  Also, it’s always good to remember that whatever gift we give, God will take it and bless it in ways we cannot imagine.

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