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Study, Pray, Serve: 18th Sunday of the Year

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Here are some of the main themes that surface in the readings for the 18th Sunday of the Year.

1st Reading – Ecclesiastes 1:2; 2:21-23

  • All things (apart from God) are vanity.
  • Toil and labor (again, apart from God!) are of no use.

Psalm – 90:3-6,12-14,17

  • “If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts.”
  • We call upon the Lord, who brings meaning and mercy to our lives.

2nd Reading – Colossians 3:1-5,9-11

  • We have died and risen with Christ, and we turn away from to a new life in the Lord.
  • In Christ there is no division within humanity; Christ is all and in all.

Gospel – Luke 12:13-21

  • Jesus offers a parable that warns against the futility of greed.
  • Instead, we are encouraged to become rich in what matters to God.

Mass Readings – 18th Sunday of the Year

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Daily Mass: Using wealth wisely. Catholic Inspiration

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How we spend our money says a lot about our values and priorities. The Letter of James weighs in on the topic, warning us of the consequences if we fail to use wealth wisely.

Mass Readings – Thursday of the 7th Week of the Year

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Study, Pray, Serve: 26th Sunday of the Year

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Let’s take a look at some of the main themes in the readings for the 26th Sunday of the Year.

1st Reading – Numbers 11:25-29

  • Some of the spirit of Moses is bestowed upon seventy elders who now prophesy.
  • Eldad and Medad were not on the list of Moses, but the spirit still came upon them; when Joshua attempted to have Moses stop them, Moses prayed that the Lord would make everyone a prophet!

Psalm – 19:8,10,12-14

  • “The precepts of the Lord give joy to the heart.”
  • The Psalmist praises the law of the Lord and exhorts others to follow God’s commands.

2nd Reading – James 5:1-6

  • James calls on the rich to weep over their impending miseries as their wealth will be destroyed.
  • Included is a list of the evils they have done for their own benefit at the expense of others.

Gospel – Mark 9:38-43,45,47-48

  • Jesus stops the Apostle John from preventing someone who is casting out a demon in the Lord’s name.
  • The Lord then teaches that anything that keeps us from the kingdom of God should be “plucked out” lest it lead us to destruction in Gehenna.

Mass Readings – 26th Sunday of the Year

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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

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Daily Mass: Storing up treasure in Heaven. Catholic Inspiration

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Jesus teaches with a parable in the Gospel of Luke how we are called to build up fabulous treasures…in Heaven!

Mass Readings – Monday of the 29th Week of the Year


Daily Mass: The spiritual power of detachment, Part II. Catholic Inspiration

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Today’s Gospel reading follows up on yesterday’s encounter with the rich young man. As Jesus speaks to His disciples, he reveals the power of detachment as the way that leads us to eternal life.

Mass Readings – Tuesday of the 20th Week of the Year


Daily Mass: Facing the temptation of riches. Catholic Inspiration

The Gospel of Matthew highlights how the temptation of riches can undermine the central place of the Lord in our lives. Rather, we are invited to constantly examine what is most important in our hearts as we seek to put Christ first before all else.

Mass Readings – Tuesday of the 20th Week of the Year

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Daily Mass: Our relationship with God and money. Catholic Inspiration

The Lord offers a blunt teaching about money, reminding us that God is our first and greatest priority…whereas money is a tool that is meant to be put to good and practical use.

Mass Readings – Saturday of the 31st Week of the Year (St. Leo the Great)

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Daily Mass: Whom do you serve, God or mammon? Catholic Inspiration

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Mass Readings – Saturday of the 31st Week of the Year

The Lord teaches us in the Gospel of Luke to serve God, not things.  Our possessions in this life are simply tools that we use to help us love the Lord and one another.


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