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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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Study, Pray, Serve: 22nd Sunday of the Year

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Here are some of the key themes in the readings for the 22nd Sunday of the Year.

1st Reading – Deuteronomy 4:1-2,6-8

  • The Commandments of the Lord are sacred; take care not to add or subtract from them.
  • These commandments are to be carefully observed.

Psalm – 15:2-5

  • “The one who does justice will live in the presence of the Lord.”
  • These stanzas exhort the people to live in a virtuous and upright manner.

2nd Reading – James 1:17-18,21b-22,27

  • God’s “word of truth” is planted in our hearts and must be welcomed and strengthened.
  • We are reminded to “be doers of the word and not hearers only” as we care for those less fortunate.

Gospel – Mark 7:1-8,14-15,21-23

  • Jesus responds to comments from the Pharisees and scribes about specific traditions.
  • The Lord offers a practical insight about what makes us unclean: “Nothing that enters one from outside can defile that person; but the things that come out from within are what defile.”

Mass Readings – 22nd Sunday of the Year

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