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3rd Sunday of Easter: Our sacrifices reveal the depths of our love. Catholic Inspiration

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The profound transformation of the Apostles is witnessed by their joyful willingness to suffer for the name of Jesus. Why? Because they have been filled with the love of Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit!

Mass Readings – 3rd Sunday of Easter

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Good Friday

We recall the sacrifice of Christ on the Cross so that we never take for granted the Lord’s saving gift as we are inspired to grow in faith, hope and love.

Readings – Good Friday

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Palm Sunday: The Passion of the Lord. Catholic Inspiration

We begin Holy Week every year be recounting the sacrifice of the Lord Jesus, who offered his life on the Cross for the salvation of the world.

Mass Readings – Palm Sunday: The Passion of the Lord

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32nd Sunday of the Year: Making a worthy sacrifice. Catholic Inspiration

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The two widows in the readings today make great sacrifices from the little they possess. Their example invites us to consider what sacrifices are we willing to make in our lives today.

Mass Readings – 32nd Sunday of the Year

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Study, Pray, Serve: 32nd Sunday of the Year

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Here are some of the central themes in the readings for the 32nd Sunday of the Year.

1st Reading – Kings: 17:10-16

  • Elijah asks for food from a widow and tells here not to be afraid; God will provide.
  • The woman gives all that she has…and she has all that she needs for a year!

Psalm – 146:7-10

  • “Praise the Lord, my soul!”
  • The Lord protects those who are…hungry, captives, blind, bowed down, strangers, and widows.

2nd Reading – Hebrews 9:24-28

  • The priesthood of Jesus Christ is compared and contrasted with the Levitical priesthood.
  • Christ, as God on our behalf, offers a sacrifice that takes away our sins.

Gospel – Mark 12:38-44

  • Jesus offers a warning on false teachers, then he contrasts the example of a poor widow.
  • The widow gives all that she has, and in the sight of Heaven it is a greater gift than the surplus wealth of others.

Mass Readings – 32nd Sunday of the Year

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Study, Pray, Serve: 29th Sunday of the Year

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Let’s take a look at some of the central themes in the readings for the 29th Sunday of the Year.

1st Reading – Isaiah 53:10-11

  • The Church applies this passage of the “suffering servant” to Jesus Christ, whose saving passion and death is offered for “the many.”
  • This passage is referenced heavily during Holy Week.

Psalm – 33:4-5,18-20,22

  • “Lord, let your mercy be on us, as we place our trust in you.”
  • Psalm 33 praises God and encourages us to turn to the Lord with open hearts.

2nd Reading – Hebrews 4:14-16

  • The humanity of Jesus is emphasized, and he understands our temptations and weaknesses.
  • Because he became like us, we can confidently approach the Son of God to receive mercy, grace and help.

Gospel – Mark 10:35-45

  • Jesus responds to the question posed by James and John with a reflection on the role of suffering.
  • The Lord then shows how service to others reveals true greatness in the kingdom of heaven.

Mass Readings – 29th Sunday of the Year

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Daily Mass: The cost of discipleship. Catholic Inspiration

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Having empowered the Apostles with his authority, Jesus expresses the cost of their discipleship. What’s at stake is the Cross…the looming reality that following Christ means that we offer our lives completely for the Lord.

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

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14th Sunday of the Year: The sacrifices we make for freedom and faith. Catholic Inspiration

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Both Ezekiel and Jesus faced opposition as they carried out their ministry. In light of their challenges we recall the hard work and effort that forged our country as we cherish our faith and freedom, recognizing that there are times when we are required to make sacrifices for our convictions.

Mass Readings – 14th Sunday of the Year

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Holy Thursday: The Lord’s call to serve one another. Catholic Inspiration

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Jesus offers an example of service, underscored by his teaching and command. As His disciples, may we we put our faith into practice every day as we offer our lives for one another.

Mass Readings – Holy Thursday

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Monday Conversation: The sacred three days. Catholic Inspiration

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Holy Thursday, Good Friday and the Easter Vigil on Holy Saturday are the “Sacred Triduum” (the three sacred days) found in the heart of Holy Week. These high liturgies set forth the central elements of our faith in Jesus Christ.

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