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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

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19th Sunday of the Year: We have been given so much. Catholic Inspiration

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The Lord exhorts the disciples to be prepared and ready to act. For those to whom much has been given, much is expected!

Mass Readings – 19th Sunday of the Year

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17th Sunday of the Year: Persistently praying for what we need. Catholic Inspiration

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Jesus teaches his disciples the Lord’s Prayer in the Gospel of Luke, emphasizing the importance of persistence in praying for what we need.

Mass Readings – 17th Sunday of the Year

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Study, Pray, Serve: 17th Sunday of the Year

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Let’s look at some of the main themes in the readings for the 17th Sunday of the Year.

1st Reading – Genesis 18:20-32

  • The cities of Sodom and Gomorrah are filled with grave sin, causing God to consider their destruction.
  • Abraham “bargains” with God, securing the Lord’s promise that if only 10 innocent people are still living in the city of Sodom it will not be destroyed.

Psalm – 138:1-3,6-8

  • “Lord, on the day I called for help, you answered me.”
  • God’s mercy protects the humble who seek God in prayer and daily practice.

2nd Reading – Colossians 2:12-14

  • Through baptism Christians die and rise with Jesus.
  • It is the Cross of Christ that frees us from our sins.

Gospel – Luke 11:1-13

  • Jesus teaches the Lord’s Prayer to the disciples (slightly shorter than the one found in Matthew 6:9-13.)
  • The Lord’s Prayer is followed by a reflection on petitionary prayer, where the disciple asks and receives good things from God. (Note, this is different from the Gospel of Matthew which follows up with a reflection on forgiveness.)

Mass Readings – 17th Sunday of the Year

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Daily Mass: The Lord’s Prayer. Catholic Inspiration

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The Lord’s Prayer has provided spiritual strength and guidance for countless Christians. May we call upon it frequently throughout our day!

Mass Readings – Thursday of the 11th Week of the Year

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Daily Mass: Fasting, Prayer and Almsgiving. Catholic Inspiration

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The Lord speaks of three ancient and powerful spiritual practices: fasting, prayer and almsgiving.

Mass Readings – Wednesday of the 11th Week of the Year

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Daily Mass: The Holy Spirit comes to disciples in Ephesus. Catholic Inspiration

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Upon his arrival in Ephesus, Paul encounters disciples who had not yet received the Holy Spirit until he prays over them.

Mass Readings – Monday of the 7th Week of Easter

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Daily Mass: The Holy Spirit guides St. Paul. Catholic Inspiration

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The Holy Spirit guides and directs the preaching of St. Paul among the people, leading him to Macedonia.

Mass Readings – Saturday of the 5th Week of Easter

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St. Christopher Magallanes and Companions, pray for us!


Daily Mass: Fasting and prayer that leads to action. Catholic Inspiration

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Having returned to Jerusalem, Paul & Barnabas are chosen for a mission after an extensive period of fasting and prayer.

Mass Readings – Wednesday of the 4th Week of Easter

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Eucharistic Adoration. Catholic Inspiration

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In this fifth installment of a six part series on the Mass, we explore the powerful prayer of Eucharistic Adoration.

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