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May 2024: Mass Readings and Resources

May 2024 is Year B in the Sunday liturgical cycle and Year 2 in the weekday cycle. See Mass readings resources for specific Sundays and feast days in for May 2024 here. Learn more about lectionary cycles from the USCCB.

In May 2024, the liturgical themes focus on love, the Holy Spirit, and the nature of God. Themes of love and inclusion teach us that God's love is for everyone and that we should love others deeply. The Holy Spirit is central, especially in teaching us to spread the Gospel and showing us how to live in unity and diversity within the Church. We also reflect on the Trinity, understanding God as three-in-one and our role in sharing our faith and following God's ways. These themes highlight faith, community, and our mission to live according to God’s teachings.

Sundays and Holy Days in May 2024

6th Sunday of Easter Year B
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6th Sunday of Easter

Sunday May 5, 2024

On the 6th Sunday of Easter Year B in May 2024, the readings focus on love and inclusion. They show that God's love is for everyone. God welcomes everyone into His family. The readings also emphasize that love is central to knowing God, because God is love. Jesus tells us to love each other as He has loved us, which is key to following Him. He explains that the greatest love involves sacrifice, like His sacrifice for us. Jesus also calls us friends, not just followers, showing a deep, personal relationship with us. He promises to answer our prayers, reinforcing our trust in His care. These readings remind us that love is at the heart of our Christian life.

The Ascension of the Lord Year B
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The Ascension of the Lord

Sunday May 12, 2024

On the Feast of the Ascension Year B in May 2024, the readings focus on waiting for the Holy Spirit and sharing the Good News. We learn to be patient for God's help, work together in faith, and share our beliefs with others. The readings remind us that Jesus is with us, especially when we follow His mission. This day helps us understand our duty to talk about Jesus and live as He taught.

Pentecost Year B
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Pentecost

Sunday May 19, 2024

Pentecost Year B in May 2024 is an important day in the Christian calendar. It celebrates when the Holy Spirit came to the apostles. On this day, the Holy Spirit let the disciples speak different languages. This helped them tell everyone about God. Jesus talks about the Holy Spirit as an Advocate who will teach the truth and help continue His work. Pentecost brings people from different places together, showing how the Spirit unites us. Living with the Spirit brings us qualities like love, joy, and peace. These ideas help us understand our part in the Church and how to live with others.

Trinity Sunday Year B
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Trinity Sunday

Sunday May 26, 2024

Trinity Sunday Year B in May 2024 is a special day that helps us think about God being three persons but still one. The readings talk about how unique God is. Jesus tells His disciples to teach and baptize everyone everywhere. This is known as the Great Commission. It tells us to spread our faith all over the world. The readings remind us that Jesus is always with us, helping and guiding us. They show us how the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit work together and are united even though they are distinct. This day helps us understand the mystery of the Trinity and our job to share our faith and follow God’s ways.

May 2024

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

Wednesday May 1, 2024

Wednesday of the 5th Week of Easter

The readings for Wednesday of the 5th Week of Easter remind us of the importance of abiding in Christ and living out our faith in the world.

Thursday May 2, 2024

Thursday of the 5th Week of Easter

The readings for Thursday of the 5th Week of Easter invite us to reflect on the profound connection between love and obedience, reminding us of the transforming power of Christ's love in our lives. Let us open our hearts to the Holy Spirit and allow the Word of God to guide our reflections.

Friday May 3, 2024

Saints Philip and James, Apostles

Sts. Philip and James, also known as St. Philip the Apostle and St. James the Less, are two of the twelve apostles of Jesus Christ. Although they are often overshadowed by some of the more well-known apostles such as Peter, Paul, and John, Philip and James played important roles in the early Christian church.

Saturday May 4, 2024

Saturday of the 5th Week of Easter

The readings for Saturday of the 5th Week of Easter invite us to reflect on the important aspects of discernment, evangelization, and following Jesus. These themes remind us of our call as disciples and challenge us to deepen our commitment to Christ.

Sunday May 5, 2024

6th Sunday of Easter Year B

Discover the key themes of the 6th Sunday of Easter Year B. Explore how the readings emphasize God's universal love, the importance of inclusion, and our call to live out love in our actions. Dive deeper into understanding how these scriptures guide us in embodying Christ's commandment to love one another.

Monday May 6, 2024

Monday of the 6th Week of Easter

In the readings for Monday of the 6th Week of Easter, we are reminded of the transformative power that comes from listening to the Word of God, opening our hearts, and the guidance of the Holy Spirit. These themes invite us to reflect on our own spiritual journey and consider how we can grow in our relationship with God.

Tuesday May 7, 2024

Tuesday of the 6th Week of Easter

In the readings for Tuesday of the 6th Week of Easter, we encounter profound themes of conviction that resonate in both the First Reading from Acts 16:22-34 and the Gospel of John 16:5-11. To fully appreciate these themes, let us reflect on the two definitions of "convict" and their connections to the readings.

Wednesday May 8, 2024

Wednesday of the 6th Week of Easter

The readings for Wednesday of the 6th Week of Easter invite us to deepen our faith and embrace the mysteries of God's revelation and the wisdom of the Holy Spirit.

Thursday May 9, 2024

Thursday of the 6th Week of Easter

The readings for the Thursday of the 6th week of Easter invite us to consider persistence, divine providence, transformative joy, and the mystery of God's plan.

Friday May 10, 2024

St. Damien of Molokai

St. Damien of Molokai volunteered to be a missionary to Molokai in Hawaii. There was a colony of people afflicted with leprosy (Hansen's disease) there. Because of fear of the disease, these people were isolated from other communities.

Friday of the 6th Week of Easter

The readings for Friday of the 6th Week of Easter invite us to reflect on important aspects of our faith journey and our relationship with God. We reflect on trust in God, stewardship of time and ministry, transformation of sorrow into joy, and the power of prayer and access to the Father.

Saturday May 11, 2024

Saturday of the 6th Week of Easter

As we reflect on the Daily Mass Readings for Saturday of the 6th Week of Easter, we are invited to deepen our relationship with God and strengthen our faith. We see openness to learning, exemplified by Apollos in the first reading, and growth in faith, illustrated by his own journey of development as a disciple. In the gospel, we see the importance of unity in Christ.

Sunday May 12, 2024

7th Sunday of Easter Year B

Explore the themes of prayer, unity, and spiritual protection for the 7th Sunday of Easter Year B. This comprehensive resource provides the Mass readings, reflections, and key insights to deepen your understanding of this significant liturgical day. Reflect on the importance of unity and prayer in our lives as Christians.

The Feast of the Ascension Year B

Explore the significance of The Feast of the Ascension Year B. Learn about the themes of awaiting the Holy Spirit, the unity and diversity within the Church, and our mission to evangelize as commanded by Jesus. Understand how this feast influences our faith and actions as followers of Christ.

Monday May 13, 2024

Our Lady of Fatima

The feast of Our Lady of Fatima commemorates the appearance of the Blessed Virgin Mary to three children in Fatima, Portugal in 1917. Lucia, Francisco, and Jacinta were shepherds, and while watching their sheep Our Lady appeared to them on six separate occasions. She instructed them to be devoted to God and to pray the rosary.

Monday of the 7th Week of Easter

In the readings for Monday of the 7th Week of Easter, we are reminded of the importance of the Holy Spirit in our lives and the peace that can be found in Jesus.

Tuesday May 14, 2024

St. Matthias, Apostle

St. Matthias was chosen by the apostles to replace Judas, who betrayed Jesus. Unlike the other apostles, he was not called directly by Jesus, but was chosen by casting lots.

Wednesday May 15, 2024

Wednesday of the 7th Week of Easter

In the readings for Wednesday of the 7th Week of Easter, we are reminded of the responsibility of Church leaders. They have the important task of caring for and protecting the community of believers, much like a shepherd tending to a flock. This highlights the significance of their role in guiding and nourishing us spiritually.

Thursday May 16, 2024

Thursday of the 7th Week of Easter

In the readings for Thursday of the 7th Week of Easter, we encounter the themes of hope, unity, Jesus' prayer for us, and how He sees us as precious gifts.

Friday May 17, 2024

Friday of the 7th Week of Easter

The Gospel for Friday of the 7th Week of Easter from John 21:15-19 reveals a profound encounter between Jesus and Peter after His resurrection. It presents a beautiful narrative that resonates with the core teachings of the Catholic faith. This passage invites us to reflect on the themes of love, restoration, and service, which are fundamental to our spiritual journey as followers of Christ.

Saturday May 18, 2024

Saturday of the 7th Week of Easter

In the Gospel for Saturday of the 7th Week of Easter of John 21:20-25, we encounter a profound encounter between Jesus and the beloved disciple, John. We are invited to reflect on the enduring bond of love that existed between Jesus and John, and the lessons we can glean from their relationship.

Sunday May 19, 2024

Pentecost Year B

Delve into the powerful themes of Pentecost Year B. Discover how the arrival of the Holy Spirit empowers believers, promotes unity within diversity, and calls us to live a Spirit-filled life. Learn more about the significance of this crucial event in the Christian calendar and its implications for our daily lives as followers of Christ.

Monday May 20, 2024

The Blessed Virgin Mary Mother of the Church

The feast of the Blessed Virgin Mary Mother of the Church recalls that Mary received the Holy Spirit at Pentecost with the Apostles. At this time, she understood what it meant to say "yes" to God and saw the grace bestowed on us all by her son, Jesus Christ. This feast also reminds us that at the cross, Jesus gave Mary to the Church to be a mother to us all.

Tuesday May 21, 2024

Tuesday of the 7th Week in Ordinary Time Cycle 2

In the readings for Tuesday of the 7th Week in Ordinary Time Cycle 2, we are invited to reflect on the source of our conflicts. James tells us that our own desires can lead to struggles and strife. We often fight and argue because we want things that might not be good for us or for others. It's important to recognize these desires and see how they influence our behavior.

Wednesday May 22, 2024

Wednesday of the 7th Week in Ordinary Time Cycle 2

The readings for Wednesday of the 7th Week in Ordinary Time Cycle 2 bring our attention to how we approach our future. They also urge us to look beyond our group of friends or community. They call us to be inclusive and to recognize the value of all who work in Jesus' name. This approach fosters unity and helps build a stronger community of believers.

Thursday May 23, 2024

Thursday of the 7th Week in Ordinary Time Cycle 2

The daily readings for Thursday of the 7th Week in Ordinary Time Cycle 2 talk about wealth, judgment, and righteousness. They offer lessons on how we should live and treat others. We are encouraged to live in a way that is fair and right, keeping our spiritual health in mind.

Friday May 24, 2024

Friday of the 7th Week in Ordinary Time Cycle 2

The readings for Friday of the 7th Week in Ordinary Time Cycle 2 focus on how we live and treat others. They guide us on our behavior and commitments. We must choose actions that show our commitment to God's teachings.

Saturday May 25, 2024

St. Bede the Venerable

Even during his own lifetime people respected St. Bede for his faith and wisdom. He was called "venerable" by those around him.

Saturday of the 7th Week in Ordinary Time Cycle 2

The readings for Saturday of the 7th Week in Ordinary Time Cycle 2 teach us about faith and humility. They show how to live as followers of Christ. We see a clear and simple ways to deepen our relationship with God and each other. By embracing these teachings, we can grow closer to God and help build a stronger, more compassionate community.

Sunday May 26, 2024

Trinity Sunday Year B

Explore the mystery of the Trinity on Trinity Sunday Year B. The readings that reveal the unique and unified nature of God as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Understand more about their cooperative work in our salvation and how this central doctrine of faith shapes our Christian identity and mission.

Monday May 27, 2024

Monday of the 8th Week in Ordinary Time Cycle 2

In the readings for Monday of the 8th Week in Ordinary Time Cycle 2, we encounter lessons about the nature of our faith and hope. The first reading from 1 Peter reminds us that our faith is tested through various trials. These trials are not signs of Gods absence but are a way to refine our faith, making it strong and genuine. Its comforting to know that through these challenges, we are guarded by God's power, ready to be revealed at the end of time.

Tuesday May 28, 2024

Tuesday of the 8th Week in Ordinary Time Cycle 2

In the gospel for Tuesday of the 8th Week in Ordinary Time, we encounter a beautiful passage that invites us to reflect on our commitment to Christ and the rewards that come with it.

Wednesday May 29, 2024

Thursday May 30, 2024

Thursday of the 8th Week in Ordinary Time Cycle 2

These readings for Thursday of the 8th Week in Ordinary Time Cycle 2 talk about showing our faith through actions. By living good lives, we can lead others to God. Our actions can be a strong witness to our faith. When we choose to do right, we not only please God, but we also become a light to others.

Friday May 31, 2024

The Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

The feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary commemorates when Mary, pregnant with Jesus, visited her cousin Elizabeth, who was pregnant with John the Baptist. John was aware of the presence of the Lord and leapt in Elizabeth's womb.

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