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Mass Notes is a weekly publication designed to help you obtain the maximum spiritual value of the weekly Sunday Mass readings. Readers can subscribe to the weekly email or simply read it online. 


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  • Makes it easy for you to do your own personal Bible study each week. 

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The Sunday Mass Study Notes are a detailed study of the Catholic Mass readings which go much deeper than is possible for the limited time available for the weekly homily. To get the most out of this Bible study we recommend that you print out and then work through the weekly edition before you go to Mass or watch it on TV. It's important to prepare for Mass as there is no way the priest can cover the Sunday Mass readings in the level of depth that you need to continue to growth in your faith.

Are you searching for the Sunday Catholic Mass readings for 2017 but did not look to the USCCB web site listing Catholic prayers, holy Scriptures for Sunday, the homily of the Mass, or other information on the Catholic Mass readings of the day? You have found the right place. Each week we produce a thorough study of the daily Mass reading for Sunday. We include the Catholic Bible verses you will be hearing in Mass that particular Sunday, including links to the USCCB United States Conference of Catholic Bishops online Bible readings for the Sunday Mass.   Would you like like to improve your prayer life, and truly understand the daily Scripture readings that follow on the liturgical calendar? Then the Sunday Mass Study Notes are for you. These are a way to read and understand the daily Catholic Mass readings for the Sunday Mass. Take a look at some of the sample that are posted below. See if you agree that these increase your prayer life and understanding of the Catholic Mass, not just the Christmas Mass, Palm Sunday Mass or Easter Mass, but each week on the USCCB liturgical calendar.

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Here is an excerpt from a recent edition:

Introduction to the Gospel Reading:

The Gospel lesson is from Matthew Chapter 5, which is a portion of the Sermon on the Mount that includes Chapters 5 through 7.  It is important to understand the context of Jesus’ message to His disciples.  Jesus’ sermon was given on a mountain somewhere in Galilee (v.1). Most commentators believer that it was on hill near the west edge of Capernaum which would have provided a commanding view of the Sea of Galilee. Since this wasn’t an area that was productive for growing crops it would have allowed large numbers of people to sit and listen to Jesus’ teaching without doing damage to the area. Jesus gave at least the first portion of the address directly to the disciples away from the crowds.  In verse 1 Saint Matthew said that Jesus went up to the mountain with His disciples, then “he opened his mouth and taught ‘them.’” (v.2, emphasis added). This was, then at least during the beginning portion of the message, a private discipleship training session by Jesus to his handpicked team.  However, at the end of the Sermon the crowds seem to have rejoined Him because in 7:28 “the crowds were amazed at His teaching.” In summary, at the beginning Jesus addressed His disciples with the crowds in view, but in the later section addressed the crowds with the disciples in view.

The message today was just after the portion of the Sermon on the Mount known as the “Beatitudes.”  The Beatitudes are pronouncements of blessings for those waiting for the promises of the Messiah, and curses for those who were trying to obtain God’s blessing through their own effort. They begin with Chapter 5 verse 3, “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” They continue, “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted” (v.4). This pattern continues with blessings for the gentle (v.5), those who hunger and thirst for righteousness (v.6), the merciful (v.7), the pure in heart (v.8), the peacemakers (v.9), and finally the persecuted (vv.10-11). These blessings aren’t as much about representing the hallmarks of a true Christian but rather are the blessings that follow when a person submits themselves to God and receives the gifts of His empowerment through the Holy Spirit in community with other believers. Instead of the motto, “If it’s going to be it’s up to me” the Spirit indwelled believer says, “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 5:3) and “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted” (v.4). The nature of the blessed person is the essence of life in the “kingdom of heaven” (John 3:3). It’s with this God-directed empowerment that we must approach the interpretation of the verses about salt and light being covered in the message today.

As you read the message, think about the importance of salt and light to the people of the first century era.

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My mother, who is an avid reader of Mass Notes, sent me this comment regarding a past issue:

Hi, I enjoyed the notes for this week. Very insightful more than what the priest had to say today.  I am also doing the study  of Paul at (. . . ). It is very interesting to learn of all the Jewish laws. Do you think the Pharisees were more interested in outward appearance than what was in the heart specifically, how they posted the law over the door? It must have been a total transformation for Paul who was raised in such a strict home.  Thanks, Mom. 


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For a listing of readings for the Roman Catholic Mass visit: http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings
Scripture quotations taken from the NASB.
Online Scripture verses for most Bible versions can be found at: