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February 2023: Mass Readings and Resources

2023 is Year A in the Sunday liturgical cycle and Year 1 in the weekday cycle. See Mass readings resources for specific Sundays and feast days in February 2023 here. Learn more about lectionary cycles from the USCCB.

Sundays and Holy Days in February 2023

5th Sunday in Ordinary Time Resources for Year a
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5th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sunday, February 5, 2023

The readings for the 5th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A emphasize the importance of spreading the teachings of Jesus and helping those in need. They encourage us to be a source of light in the darkness by performing acts of kindness and sharing our blessings with others. The readings remind us to rely on God's wisdom and to boldly share the message of Christ with the world through our words and actions.

6th Sunday in Ordinary Time Resources for Year A
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6th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sunday, February 12, 2023

The readings for the 6th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A center around the importance of following God's commandments. They teach us to choose a righteous path and obey the laws set by God. The readings also emphasize that God's wisdom surpasses our own and that Jesus came to fulfill the law rather than abolish it.

7th Sunday in Ordinary Time Resources for Year a
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7th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sunday, February 19, 2023

The readings for the 7th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A teach us about the importance of holiness and showing love towards others. We are reminded not to hold grudges and to follow the Golden Rule, treating others as we would like to be treated. The readings emphasize that we are all sacred temples of God and that we should love everyone, even those who may treat us poorly.

Ash Wednesday
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Ash Wednesday

Wednesday, February 22, 2023

Ash Wednesday is the start of Lent, a time when Catholics reflect on their sins and seek repentance. During Mass, ashes are placed on their foreheads as a symbol of sorrow and hope, reminding them of their mortality and the need for reconciliation with God. The readings for Ash Wednesday emphasize the importance of returning to God with a sincere heart, seeking mercy, and performing acts of righteousness without seeking attention or praise from others.

1st Sunday of Lent Year A
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1st Sunday of Lent

Sunday, February 26, 2023

The readings for the 1st Sunday of Lent Year A focus on sin and temptation. They tell the story of Adam and Eve turning away from God, emphasize the need for repentance and God's mercy, and highlight Jesus' resistance to temptation in the desert. The readings invite us to reflect on our Lenten plans, engage in prayer, fasting, and acts of charity, and consider the temptations we face in our lives.

February 2023

Click on the title for Mass readings for the day, resources, homilies, reflections, and more.

Wednesday February 1, 2023

Wednesday of the 4th Week in Ordinary Time Cycle 1

On Wednesday of the 4th Week in Ordinary Time Cycle 1, our focus is drawn to the Gospel of Mark 6:1-6, where we encounter Jesus in His native place, facing skepticism and disbelief. This passage, intertwined with the day's other readings, offers us profound insights into faith, recognition of divine action, and the transformative power of hardships.

Thursday February 2, 2023

Feast of the Presentation of the Lord

The readings for the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord speak of purification and offering. What am I willing to present to God as an offering? What parts of my life do I need to purify? Where am I in need of more holiness? Can I offer some aspect of my own life as the gifts are brought up during the offertory?

Friday February 3, 2023

St. Blaise, Bishop and Martyr

St. Blaise was a fourth century bishop. He is known for his miraculous works. It is said that sick and wounded animals would find their way to him and he would heal them. But he is perhaps best known for healing a child who had a fishbone caught in his throat. For this reason, it is common to bless throats on his feast day.

Saturday February 4, 2023

Saturday of the 4th Week in Ordinary Time Cycle 1

Saturday of the 4th Week in Ordinary Time Cycle 1 presents us with a Gospel passage (Mark 6:30-34) that is rich in pastoral imagery and deep compassion, while the first reading (Hebrews 13:15-17, 20-21) complements this with themes of praise, obedience, and divine empowerment. In their union, these readings offer a profound reflection on the nature of Christian discipleship and leadership.

Sunday February 5, 2023

5th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A

The readings for the 5th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A focus on evangelization, works of mercy, and justice. Here are some specific helps.

Monday February 6, 2023

Monday of the 5th Week in Ordinary Time Cycle 1

Reflecting on the readings for Monday of the 5th Week in Ordinary Time Cycle 1, we find a message of hope and restoration in the Gospel of Mark, beautifully complemented by the Genesis narrative of creation.

St. Paul Miki and Companions, Martyrs

The memorial of St. Paul Miki and Companions remembers twenty-six martyrs were crucified on a hillside overlooking Nagasaki, Japan in the year 1597.

Tuesday February 7, 2023

Tuesday of the 5th Week in Ordinary Time Cycle 1

In the Gospel for Tuesday of the 5th Week in Ordinary Time Cycle 1, we encounter a profound challenge presented by Jesus to the Pharisees and scribes, and by extension, to all of us. This passage from Mark 7:1-13 strikes at the heart of our spiritual journey, calling us to examine the authenticity of our faith and our adherence to God's commandments.

Wednesday February 8, 2023

Wednesday of the 5th Week in Ordinary Time Cycle 1

The readings for Wednesday of the 5th Week in Ordinary Time Cycle 1 offer a juxtaposition of themes related to human nature, freedom, responsibility, and the internal versus external sources of purity and defilement. This pairing of Genesis 2:4b-9, 15-17 and Mark 7:14-23 provides a rich tapestry for reflection, especially in the context of daily life and spiritual growth.

Thursday February 9, 2023

Thursday of the 5th Week in Ordinary Time Cycle 1

In the Gospel reading for Thursday of the 5th Week in Ordinary Time Cycle 1 we encounter a narrative that transcends cultural boundaries and speaks directly to the heart of faith. Jesus, in the region of Tyre, is approached by a Syrophoenician woman, a Gentile, who pleads for the healing of her demon-possessed daughter. This encounter is a testament to the universal call of the Gospel, inviting us to reflect on the nature of true faith and the boundless mercy of Christ.

Friday February 10, 2023

Friday of the 5th Week in Ordinary Time Cycle 1

In the Gospel for Friday of the 5th Week in Ordinary Time Cycle 1, we witness a moment of healing and restoration in the life of a deaf man with a speech impediment. Jesus, in a tender act of compassion, takes the man aside, touches his ears and tongue, and utters "Ephphatha," which means "Be opened." This simple command reverberates with divine authority, unlocking the man's ability to hear and speak. It's a moment that transcends mere physical healing, pointing us towards the deeper spiritual openings that Christ seeks to enact within each of us.

St. Scholastica

St. Scholastica was the twin sister of St. Benedict. They lived during the sixth century. St. Scholastica founded a monastery of nuns. Each year she would meet St. Benedict near his monastery and they would spend the day talking and praying.

Saturday February 11, 2023

Saturday of the 5th Week in Ordinary Time Cycle 1

In the Gospel for Saturday of the 5th Week in Ordinary Time Cycle 1 we encounter a demonstration of Jesus' compassion and providence through the miraculous feeding of four thousand people with just seven loaves and a few small fish. This event, recorded in Mark 8:1-10, is not just a testament to Christ's miraculous power, but also a rich source of spiritual reflection on the nature of divine compassion, provision, and the Eucharist.

Our Lady of Lourdes

Our Lady of Lourdes is a title given to the Blessed Virgin Mary in honor of her apparitions to St. Bernadette in Lourdes France. Our Lady of Lourdes is the patron saint of bodily ills, sick people, and protection from diseases. Her feast day is February 11.

Sunday February 12, 2023

6th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A

The readings for the 6th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A focus on the law and commandments. Some possible themes for this weekend are the Ten Commandments, magisterium, and obedience. Here are some ideas.

Monday February 13, 2023

Monday of the 6th Week in Ordinary Time Cycle 1

On Monday of the 6th Week in Ordinary Time Cycle 1, the Gospel presents us with a poignant scene: the Pharisees demanding a sign from Jesus, and Jesus, in turn, deeply sighing and declaring that no sign would be given to this generation. This passage is a powerful reflection on the nature of faith, the human inclination toward skepticism, and the divine response to our demands for proof.

Tuesday February 14, 2023

Tuesday of the 6th Week in Ordinary Time Cycle 1

Tuesday of the 6th Week in Ordinary Time Cycle 1 presents us with a Gospel passage from Mark 8:14-21 that invites us into a reflection on the nature of faith, understanding, and the dangers of spiritual complacency. As we delve into this passage, we find the disciples concerned with their lack of bread, a concern that Jesus swiftly redirects towards a caution against the "leaven" of the Pharisees and Herod. This moment is not merely about physical sustenance but points us towards a deeper, more pressing hungera hunger for spiritual insight and truth.

Sunday February 19, 2023

7th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A

The readings for the 7th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A focus on holiness and loving our neighbor. Some possible themes for this weekend are holiness, mercy, and morality.

Wednesday February 22, 2023

Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent. Catholics attending mass on this day have their foreheads marked with ashes as a sign of repentance.

Thursday February 23, 2023

Thursday after Ash Wednesday

In the gospel for Thursday after Ash Wednesday, Jesus speaks to his disciples about the cost of discipleship. He tells them that he must suffer, be rejected, and be killed, and that they too must take up their cross and follow him. Jesus reminds them that whoever wishes to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for his sake will save it.

Friday February 24, 2023

Friday after Ash Wednesday

In the gospel for Friday after Ash Wednesday, the disciples of John the Baptist ask Jesus why his disciples do not fast as they and the Pharisees do. Jesus responds by telling them that there is no need to fast while the bridegroom is with them, but that they will fast when he is taken away.

Saturday February 25, 2023

Saturday after Ash Wednesday

In the gospel for Saturday after Ash Wednesday, we hear Jesus calling Levi, a tax collector, to be his disciple. Despite the disdain and mistrust of the religious leaders, Jesus sees something in Levi that others do not, and he chooses him to follow him. Levi, overjoyed at this opportunity, holds a banquet for Jesus and invites all of his tax collector friends. This angers the Pharisees, who cannot understand why Jesus would associate with such "sinners." Jesus responds with a powerful message, telling them that he has come to call sinners to repentance, not the righteous.

Sunday February 26, 2023

1st Sunday of Lent Year A

The readings for the 1st Sunday of Lent Year A get us thinking about sin and temptation. This is a good time to think about how we plan to spend our 40 days in the desert and make a Lenten promise if we have not done this yet. There are many ideas for this on the Catholic Ideas for Lent page. It is also a good time to remember that we have some superheroes called saints on our side.

Monday February 27, 2023

Monday of the 1st Week of Lent

The gospel for Monday of the 1st week of Lent is a powerful passage in which Jesus teaches us about the final judgment. This reading invites us to reflect on how we live our lives and how we treat others, particularly those who are marginalized and in need.

Tuesday February 28, 2023

Tuesday of the 1st Week of Lent

In the gospel for Tuesday of the 1st week of Lent, Jesus instructs His disciples on the proper way to pray. He tells them not to babble repetitively like the pagans, thinking that their prayers will be heard because of their many words. Instead, Jesus teaches them the Lord's Prayer, which is a perfect example of how to approach God in prayer.

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