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March 2023: Mass Readings and Resources

March 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 March 2023 here. Learn more about lectionary cycles from the USCCB.

Sundays and Holy Days in March 2023

2nd Sunday of Lent Year A
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2nd Sunday of Lent

Sunday March 5, 2023

The readings for the 2nd Sunday of Lent Year A emphasize our personal encounters with God. They highlight Abraham's trust in God's call, the theme of trust in God's mercy, and the transformative encounter of Peter, James, and John with Jesus during the Transfiguration. The readings invite us to trust in God, seek personal encounters with Him, and recognize His presence in our lives.

3rd Sunday of Lent Year A
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3rd Sunday of Lent

Sunday March 12, 2023

The readings for the 3rd Sunday of Lent Year A invite us to reflect on our true desires and the fulfillment God provides. They emphasize God's provision of water to the Israelites in the desert, the importance of opening our hearts to God's voice, and the pouring of God's love into our hearts. The readings encourage us to seek spiritual fulfillment and allow God's love to flow through us.

4th Sunday of Lent Year A
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4th Sunday of Lent

Sunday March 19, 2023

The readings for the 4th Sunday of Lent Year A explore the themes of sight and blindness. They include the story of Samuel anointing David as king, highlighting how God looks at the heart and chooses those who are faithful and obedient. The readings also include the healing of a blind man by Jesus, emphasizing the importance of spiritual sight and belief in Jesus as the Son of God.

5th Sunday of Lent Year A
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5th Sunday of Lent

Sunday March 26, 2023

The readings for the 5th Sunday of Lent Year A highlight the theme of God's power to bring new life. They depict the vision of dry bones being restored to life in the first reading, the assurance of forgiveness and redemption in the psalm, and the promise of new life through the Spirit of Christ in the second reading. The gospel narrative of Lazarus being raised from the dead by Jesus further emphasizes the theme of God's power over death and His ability to transform lives.

March 2023

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

Wednesday March 1, 2023

Wednesday of the 1st Week of Lent

In the gospel for Wednesday of the 1st week of Lent Jesus, in response to a crowd seeking a sign from him, says that no sign will be given to it except for the sign of Jonah. Just as Jonah became a sign to the people of Nineveh, Jesus tells the crowd, so too will he be a sign to them. The people of Nineveh repented at the preaching of Jonah, and yet here was Jesus, someone even greater than Jonah, standing before the crowd, and yet they still demanded a sign.

Friday March 3, 2023

Friday of the 1st Week of Lent

In the gospel for Friday of the 1st week of Lent, Jesus exhorts us to surpass the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, who were known for their strict adherence to the law. Jesus reminds us that true righteousness is not about keeping the law as a mere obligation, but rather as a matter of the heart.

St. Katharine Drexel

St. Katharine Drexel was from Philadelphia. She inherited over several million dollars. And she gave it all away! She was especially shocked by the treatment of Native Americans and was appalled by what she read in A Century of Dishonor, a book by Helen Hunt Jackson. She decided to use her money to finance missions for Native American communities.

Saturday March 4, 2023

Saturday of the 1st Week of Lent

In the gospel for Saturday of the 1st week of Lent, Jesus instructs his followers to love their enemies and pray for those who persecute them. This message challenges us to move beyond our comfort zones and extend love and compassion to those who have hurt us.

Sunday March 5, 2023

2nd Sunday of Lent Year A

The readings for the 2nd Sunday of Lent Year A focus on our personal encounter with God. Some possible themes for this weekend are prayer, the person of Christ, and the call to holiness.

Monday March 6, 2023

Monday of the 2nd Week of Lent

The gospel for Monday of the 2nd week of Lent, reminds us of the importance of showing mercy to others, just as our Father in heaven shows mercy to us. Jesus tells us to stop judging and condemning others and instead to offer forgiveness, for it is by these actions that we will be forgiven ourselves.

Tuesday March 7, 2023

Tuesday of the 2nd Week of Lent

The gospel for Tuesday of the 2nd week of Lent emphasizes the importance of living a humble and authentic Christian life. We are called to follow the teachings of Jesus and his example of servanthood. The scribes and Pharisees in this passage serve as a warning to us not to fall into the trap of hypocrisy and pride.

Wednesday March 8, 2023

Wednesday of the 2nd Week of Lent

In the gospel for Wednesday of the 2nd week of Lent, Jesus reminds us that He did not come to be served, but to serve and give His life as a ransom for many. We are called to imitate Christ's example by serving others with humility and love, putting the needs of others before our own.

Thursday March 9, 2023

Thursday of the 2nd Week of Lent

The gospel for Thursday of the 2nd week of Lent emphasizes the importance of compassion and caring for the less fortunate. The parable highlights the stark contrast between the wealthy man, who lived in luxury and ignored the plight of the poor, and Lazarus, who suffered greatly but was ultimately rewarded with comfort in the bosom of Abraham.

Friday March 10, 2023

Friday of the 2nd Week of Lent

The gospel for Friday of the 2nd week of Lent warns against the dangers of greed and pride. The parable depicts the tenant farmers, who were entrusted to care for the vineyard, as refusing to honor their commitments and ultimately killing the son of the owner.

Saturday March 11, 2023

Saturday of the 2nd Week of Lent

The gospel for Saturday of the 2nd week of Lent, the parable of the prodigal son, shows the mercy and forgiveness of God. It shows that no matter how far we may stray from the path of righteousness, God is always ready to welcome us back with open arms when we turn to Him in repentance.

Sunday March 12, 2023

3rd Sunday of Lent Year A

The readings for the 3rd Sunday of Lent Year A help us think about our true desires Some possible themes for this weekend are change of heart, baptism, and social justice, especially racism and immigration.

Monday March 13, 2023

Monday of the 3rd Week of Lent

In the gospel for Monday of the 3rd week of Lent, Jesus speaks in the synagogue in Nazareth and proclaims that no prophet is accepted in his own hometown, a statement that was met with anger and hostility from the people who knew him. Jesus then gave examples from the time of Elijah and Elisha, where God had worked through people who were outsiders to Israel, rather than choosing those within the established religious community.

Tuesday March 14, 2023

Tuesday of the 3rd Week of Lent

In the gospel for Tuesday of the 3rd week of Lent , Peter asks Jesus how many times he should forgive someone who sins against him, and Jesus responds that he should forgive not just seven times, but seventy-seven times.

Wednesday March 15, 2023

Wednesday of the 3rd Week of Lent

In the gospel for Wednesday of the 3rd week of Lent, Jesus is speaking to his disciples and explaining to them that he has not come to abolish the Law or the Prophets, but to fulfill them. This statement is significant because the Law and the Prophets were considered to be the foundation of Jewish faith and belief, and they were considered to be unchangeable and permanent.

Thursday March 16, 2023

Thursday of the 3rd Week of Lent

The gospel for Thursday of the 3rd week of Lent recounts an encounter between Jesus and a man who was possessed by a demon. Jesus casts out the demon, and the people who witness the miracle are amazed. However, some of the onlookers accuse Jesus of using the power of Beelzebul, the prince of demons, to cast out the demon. Jesus responds by explaining that Satan cannot cast out Satan, and that his power comes from God.

Friday March 17, 2023

Friday of the 3rd Week of Lent

In the gospel for Friday of the 3rd Week of Lent, a scribe asks Jesus which commandment is the greatest. Jesus responds by quoting from the book of Deuteronomy, saying, "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength." He then adds that the second greatest commandment is to "love your neighbor as yourself." The scribe agrees with Jesus, and Jesus commends him for his understanding of the law.

St. Patrick

St. Patrick is sometimes called the Apostle of Ireland. It is interesting to note that this beloved patron saint of Ireland was not actually born there. He was born in Britain and was captured and taken to Ireland as a slave when he was a teenager. While in captivity, he grew in faith.

Saturday March 18, 2023

Saturday of the 3rd Week of Lent

In the gospel for Saturday of the 3rd week of Lent, we hear the story of the Pharisee and the tax collector. The Pharisee was proud of his achievements and considered himself righteous, while the tax collector recognized his sinfulness and begged for mercy. Jesus reminds us that it is the humble and repentant sinner who is justified before God.

St. Cyril of Jerusalem

St. Cyril of Jerusalem, a distinguished bishop and theologian of the early Christian Church. He played a significant role in the Council of Constantinople in 381, where the Nicene Creed was formulated and affirmed the orthodox position. It was during the Council of Nicaea that the term "consubstantial" was first used in the Nicene Creed to describe the relationship between the Father and the Son. St. Cyril later employed the term in his own theological writings, and it became widely used in the Church as a way of expressing the understanding of the nature of Christ.

Sunday March 19, 2023

4th Sunday of Lent Year A

The readings for the 4th Sunday of Lent Year A are about sight and blindness. Some possible themes for this weekend are light and darkness, or how we see ourselves, others, and God.

Monday March 20, 2023

St. Joseph Husband of Mary

March 19 is the Solemnity of St. Joseph Husband of Mary. Joseph was a just and holy man, chosen by God to be the foster father of Jesus. St. Joseph is the patron saint of fathers, carpenters, immigrants, happy death, the Catholic Church, and more.

Tuesday March 21, 2023

Tuesday of the 4th Week of Lent

The first reading and the gospel for Tuesday of the 4th week of Lent offer a powerful message of God's love and compassion for his people. Both passages speak of God's love and renewal, inviting us to open our hearts to his healing touch.

Wednesday March 22, 2023

Wednesday of the 4th Week of Lent

The readings for Wednesday of the 4th Week of Lent offer an invitation for us to reflect on our relationship with God and our response to His love and mercy.

Thursday March 23, 2023

Thursday of the 4th Week of Lent

The readings for Thursday of the 4th week of Lent offer us valuable insights into the nature of sin, repentance, and God's mercy towards sinners.

Friday March 24, 2023

Friday of the 4th Week of Lent

The readings for Friday of the 4th Week of Lent touch on important aspects of the Christian faith, including the struggle between good and evil, the importance of faith in God's protection, and the idea that suffering can lead to redemption and vindication.

Saturday March 25, 2023

The Annunciation

The Feast of the Annunciation is celebrated on March 25. This feast day commemorates the announcement of the Angel Gabriel to the Virgin Mary that she had been chosen to be the mother of Jesus.

Sunday March 26, 2023

5th Sunday of Lent Year A

The readings for the 5th Sunday of Lent Year A are about how God can take us from death to new life. So some possible themes for this Sunday are new life, resurrection, the Pascal Mystery, and reconciliation.

Monday March 27, 2023

Monday of the 5th Week of Lent

On Monday of the 5th week of Lent, the readings provide us with two powerful stories that offer us valuable lessons for our daily lives. The first story is about Susanna, who was falsely accused by two elders of adultery. The gospel tells of a woman who was caught in adultery and brought to Jesus by the scribes and Pharisees.

Tuesday March 28, 2023

Tuesday of the 5th Week of Lent

The Mass readings for Tuesday of the 5th Week of Lent remind us of the importance of obedience, faith, and belief in God's plan for our salvation.

Wednesday March 29, 2023

Wednesday of the 5th Week of Lent

The readings for Wednesday of the 5th Week of Lent offer us powerful lessons on faith, courage, and the importance of staying true to God's teachings.

Thursday March 30, 2023

Thursday of the 5th Week of Lent

Reflecting on the readings for Thursday of the 5th Week of Lent helps us to deepen our understanding of our relationship with God and the importance of faith in our lives.

Friday March 31, 2023

Friday of the 5th Week of Lent

In the readings for Friday of the 5th Week of Lent, we see the common theme of opposition and persecution. The first reading and the Psalm both remind us of the reality of facing hostility when we stand up for what we believe in. It is easy to become discouraged when we face opposition, especially from those whom we thought were our friends. However, these readings also remind us that we can trust and rely on God's protection and deliverance. The Lord is with us, like a mighty champion who will cause our persecutors to stumble and fail. We can call upon God in our distress, and He will rescue us from our enemies.

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