Whoever Loses His Life For My Sake Will Find It

Whoever Loses His Life For My Sake Will Find It

The main theme that seems to run through the readings for Mass today, is that it’s not easy to do God’s will. If we genuinely love God and do our best to follow in Jesus’s footsteps, then we can expect to suffer for it.

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Use Your Talents to Serve

Use Your Talents to Serve

Today’s first reading from Corinthians starts out with Paul telling his brothers and sisters in Christ that, “Not many of you were wise by human standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth.”

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Memorial of the Passion of Saint John the Baptist

Memorial of the Passion of Saint John the Baptist

In the first reading from the book of the prophet Jeremiah, God said: “stand up and tell them all that I command you. Be not crushed on their account, as though I would leave you crushed before them.”

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He Will Keep You Firm to The End

He Will Keep You Firm to The End

The first reading for Mass today starts out beautifully, “to you who have been sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be holy, with all those everywhere who call upon the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, their Lord and ours.

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Be Righteous on the Inside

Be Righteous on the Inside

Jesus said in today’s gospel: “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites. You are like whitewashed tombs, which appear beautiful on the outside …

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Judgement and Mercy and Fidelity

Judgement and Mercy and Fidelity

Jesus said in today’s gospel, “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites. You pay tithes of mint and dill and cumin, and have neglected the weightier things of the law: judgement and mercy and fidelity.”

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So That You May be Considered Worthy of The Kingdom of God

So That You May be Considered Worthy of The Kingdom of God

“This is evidence of the just judgment of God, so that you may be considered worthy of the Kingdom of God, for which you are suffering. We always pray for you, that our God may make you worthy of his calling …”

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The Reason Jesus Gave Peter the Keys to the Kingdom

The Reason Jesus Gave Peter the Keys to the Kingdom

Both of the readings for Mass today have to do with a person that is given keys, and a position of authority to open and close, or bind and loose. The prophet Isaiah said that God gave Eliakim the key to the House of David. Then in the gospel reading today, Jesus gave Peter the keys to the kingdom of heaven.

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Do Not Follow Their Example

Do Not Follow Their Example

“Do and observe all things whatsoever they tell you, but do not follow their example.” When Jesus spoke these words to the crowds gathered before him in today’s gospel, he was referring to the Pharisees.

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You Shall Love the Lord Your God With All Your Heart

You Shall Love the Lord Your God With All Your Heart

Jesus tells us in the gospel today, that God is supposed to be the most important person in our life: “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and the first commandment.”

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Dressed in a Wedding Garment?

Dressed in a Wedding Garment?

“But when the king came in to meet the guests he saw a man there not dressed in a wedding garment. He said to him, ‘My friend, how is it that you came in here without a wedding garment?”

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I Myself Will Look After and Tend My Sheep

I Myself Will Look After and Tend My Sheep

The readings for Mass today are very beautiful, in spite of some of the negative connotations. There are two verses in the first reading from the prophet Ezekiel, that are especially beautiful, “… my sheep were scattered over the whole earth, with no one to look after them or to search for them. Thus says the Lord God: I myself will look after and tend my sheep.”

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What’s in it For Me?

What’s in it For Me?

Most of us have heard the phrase, “What’s in it for me?” This is the common thread that runs through both of the readings for Mass today. The prince of Tyre in today’s first reading for Mass looked at the world with the mindset of, “what’s in it for me?”

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What Good Must I Do to Gain Eternal Life?

What Good Must I Do to Gain Eternal Life?

The gospel today is about a rich young man who followed God’s commandments all his life, but he still had a question for Jesus. He asked him, “Teacher what good must I do to gain eternal life?”

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