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August 2027: Mass Readings and Resources

August 2027 is Year B in the Sunday liturgical cycle and Year 1 in the weekday cycle.. See Mass readings resources for specific Sundays and feast days in for August 2027 here. Learn more about lectionary cycles from the USCCB.

August 2027

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

Sunday August 1, 2027

18th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B

The readings for the 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B show that God gives us bread from heaven - the Eucharist. Once again these readings point to the Eucharist. The lure of material goods and worldly values is also a possible topic.

Monday August 2, 2027

Monday of the 18th Week in Ordinary Time

In the gospel for Monday of the 18th Week in Ordinary Time, we witness Jesus's unwavering compassion and miraculous compassion for the crowd. After hearing about the death of John the Baptist, Jesus seeks solitude in a solitary place. However, the people, eager for His healing and presence, follow Him from the towns on foot.

Tuesday August 3, 2027

Tuesday of the 18th Week in Ordinary Time

In the gospel for Tuesday of the 18th week in Ordinary Time, The disciples are being storm tossed in a boat and are terrified. But Jesus comes to them and calms the storm.

Wednesday August 4, 2027

St. John Vianney

St. John Vianney was known for his holiness, his dedication to our Blessed Mother, and his reputation as a confessor. He is the patron saint of parish priests. His feast day is August 4. He is also called The Cure of Ars.

Wednesday of the 18th Week in Ordinary Time

In the gospel for Wednesday of the 18th Week in Ordinary Time, a Canaanite woman asks Jesus to heal her daughter. When Jesus seems to hesitate, she shows perseverance and her request is granted.

Friday August 6, 2027

The Transfiguration of the Lord

August 6 is the Feast of the Transfiguration. This day commemorates the day Jesus was transfigured on the mountain, traditionally thought to be Mount Tabor. This is recounted in the gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke. Peter, James, and John witnessed the event.

Saturday August 7, 2027

Saturday of the 18th Week in Ordinary Time

The gospel for Saturday of the 18th Week in Ordinary Time highlights a remarkable episode where Jesus heals a boy possessed by a demon. The disciples had tried to heal the boy but were unable to do so. When the boy's father brings him to Jesus, the father expresses his faith but also acknowledges his doubts. Jesus' response, "If you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there,' and it will move," is a powerful reminder of the potency of even the smallest amount of faith.

Sunday August 8, 2027

19th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B

The readings for the 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B demonstrate that God sustains us. So these readings could lead to a discussion of the Eucharist or the importance of not giving up.

Monday August 9, 2027

Monday of the 19th Week in Ordinary Time

In the gospel for Monday of the 19th Week in Ordinary Time, Jesus predicts His death for the second time, linking it to the theme of His upcoming Passion. He does this in a very matter-of-fact way, giving the disciples a glimpse of His acceptance of the Father's will. For Catholics, this may inspire a willingness to accept God's will in our lives, even when it's difficult.

Tuesday August 10, 2027

St. Lawrence

St. Lawrence was a 3rd century martyr. He lived in Rome and as a deacon was responsible for distributing resources to the poor. When the prefect of Rome demanded that he bring him the treasures of the Church, he brought a group of the poor he had been serving, saying "These are the treasure of the Church."

Wednesday August 11, 2027

St. Clare of Assisi

St. Clare of Assisi was one of the first people to follow St. Francis of Assisi. She founded the Poor Clares Order. She embraced a rule of poverty, austerity, and seclusion.

Wednesday of the 19th Week in Ordinary Time

The gospel for Wednesday of the 19th Week in Ordinary Time, Matthew 18:15-20, emphasizes reconciliation and forgiveness. Jesus lays out a clear process for dealing with disputes among His followers. Starting with a private conversation allows for a gentle approach to correction, preserving the dignity of the individual. For Catholics, this guidance stresses the importance of treating others with respect and kindness, even when addressing wrongdoing.

Thursday August 12, 2027

Thursday of the 19th Week in Ordinary Time

Peter's question in the Gospel for Thursday of the 19th Week in Ordinary Time reflects a very human concern with fairness and limits. His suggestion of forgiving seven times seems generous, but Jesus takes it much further, saying "seventy-seven times." This isn't a literal number but symbolizes limitless forgiveness. We are thus called to an endless capacity to forgive, just as God endlessly forgives us.

Friday August 13, 2027

Friday of the 19th Week in Ordinary Time

The Gospel for Friday of the 19th Week in Ordinary Time, Matthew 19:3-12, is rich with teaching on marriage and relationships. The Pharisees' question about divorce leads Jesus to emphasize the sanctity and permanence of marriage. He refers to the creation story, highlighting that marriage is not merely a human contract but a divine covenant. For Catholics, this understanding elevates marriage to the level of a sacrament, reflecting the unbreakable bond between Christ and the Church.

Saturday August 14, 2027

St. Maximilian Kolbe

St. Maximilian Kolbe is the patron saint of families, journalists, prisoners, ant pro-life movement. His feast day is August 14.

Sunday August 15, 2027

Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

August 15 is the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. This holy day celebrates Mary's passing and being assumed into heaven.

Monday August 16, 2027

Monday of the 20th Week in Ordinary Time

The gospel for Monday of the 20th Week in Ordinary Time starts with a rich young man approaching Jesus, asking, "What good deed must I do to have eternal life?" It's a question many of us might have, wanting to know the secret formula.

Tuesday August 17, 2027

Tuesday of the 20th Week in Ordinary Time

In the gospel for Tuesday of the 20th Week in Ordinary Time, Jesus tries to explain how difficult it is for us to save ourselves! It is impossible. So who can be saved? Only those who rely on God.

Wednesday August 18, 2027

Wednesday of the 20th Week in Ordinary Time

In the gospel for Wednesday of the 20th Week in Ordinary Time, Jesus tells a parable about a vineyard owner who rewards wages to all of his laborers without regard to how much they have worked.

Thursday August 19, 2027

Thursday of the 20th Week in Ordinary Time

In the gospel for Thursday of the 20th Week in Ordinary Time, Jesus tells a parable about a wedding banquet. First nobody responds. Then one man who arrives is not respectful. Showing up to the feast is not enough.

Friday August 20, 2027

Friday of the 20th Week in Ordinary Time

In the gospel for Friday of the 20th Week in Ordinary Time, Jesus answers a question about which law is the most important. He tells us that our primary purpose is to love God. We demonstrate that we understand that by loving each other.

St. Bernard of Clairvaux

St. Bernard of Clairvaux was a 12th century monk and theologian who was known for his ability to arbitrate disputes. He counseled kings and popes, yet valued the time he spent in prayer and contemplation. He wrote much on the Blessed Virgin Mary and is known for emphasizing the importance of Lectio Divina.

Saturday August 21, 2027

St. Pius X, Pope

St. Pius X was pope from 1903 to 1914. He strongly believed that frequent reception of the Eucharist should be promoted. He also encouraged children to receive Holy Communion and reduced the minimum age for reception of the Eucharist from 12 years old to 7 years old. He is sometimes called "Pope of the Blessed Sacrament".

Saturday of the 20th Week in Ordinary Time

In the gospel for Saturday of the 20th Week in Ordinary Time, Jesus begins by addressing the crowd and His disciples about the scribes and Pharisees. He points out their authority but criticizes their hypocrisy. For Catholics, this serves as a warning against empty rituals and superficial faith. It's a call to live authentically, ensuring that our actions align with our beliefs.

Sunday August 22, 2027

21st Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B

The readings for the 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B remind us that discipleship is a choice. In the first reading Joshua challenges the Israelites to decide if they will serve the Lord or pagan gods. In the gospel, some of Jesus' followers walk away because they cannot accept what he is saying.

Monday August 23, 2027

Monday of the 21st Week in Ordinary Time

In the gospel for Monday of the 21st Week in Ordinary Time, Matthew 23:13-22, Jesus criticizes the religious leaders of his time for hypocrisy and for leading people away from God rather than toward Him. He points out their focus on minute details and rituals while ignoring the larger, more important issues like justice and mercy.

Tuesday August 24, 2027

St. Bartholomew, Apostle

St. Bartholomew was one of the twelve apostles of Jesus Christ. He is mentioned several times in the synoptic gospels. He is also widely thought to be the person identified as Nathaniel in the Gospel of John. After the resurrection of Jesus, he is one of the apostles who saw our risen Lord at the Sea of Galilee. He went on to evangelize in Asia Minor and was martyred.

Wednesday August 25, 2027

Wednesday of the 21st Week in Ordinary Time

In the gospel for Wednesday of the 21st Week in Ordinary Time, Matthew 23:27-32, Jesus criticizes the Pharisees and teachers of the law, likening them to "whitewashed tombs," which look good on the outside but are filled with decay. He points out the disconnect between their external piety and their internal moral state, emphasizing the importance of internal sincerity.

Thursday August 26, 2027

Thursday of the 21st Week in Ordinary Time

The gospel for Thursday of the 21st Week in Ordinary Time, Matthew 24:42-51 talks about the need for watchfulness, as the timing of the "end of days" is unknown. The text uses the analogy of a master and his servants to illustrate the consequences of being prepared versus being careless. The faithful servant who is vigilant is rewarded, while the negligent one is punished.

Friday August 27, 2027

St. Monica

St. Monica was the mother of St. Augustine of Hippo. She was married to a pagan who was a cruel man and who would not allow her to baptize their children. She prayed for her husband and mother-in-law and eventually they converted. Augustine lived a worldly life and had no interest in practicing his mother's Christian faith. St. Monica persisted in prayer and fasting, and eventually her son not only became a fervent Christian, but became energized about spreading the faith.

Friday of the 21st Week in Ordinary Time

The gospel for Friday of the 21st Week in Ordinary Time is Matthew 25:1-13, also known as the Parable of the Ten Virgins. It serves as a cautionary tale about being vigilant and making wise choices, especially when it comes to your own spiritual journey. It emphasizes that waiting for a last-minute "fix" in matters of faith might lead to disappointment. Just as the five wise women couldn't share their extra lamp oil, there are aspects of spirituality that can't be borrowed from others.

Saturday August 28, 2027

St. Augustine, Bishop and Doctor

St. Augustine of Hippo was born in North Africa. He spent his youth living wildly but then converted to Christianity after his mother, St. Monica, prayed for him for years. He became a priest and then later a bishop. His his extensive writings make him a doctor of the Church. After his conversion he preached and lived a life of poverty.

Saturday of the 21st Week in Ordinary Time

The gospel for Saturday of the 21st Week in Ordinary Time, Matthew 25:14-30, is known as the Parable of the Talents. The passage centers on a master who entrusts his servants with varying amounts of talents (a form of currency). Upon his return, the master rewards the servants who invested and increased their talents, while the one who hid his talent out of fear is punished.

Sunday August 29, 2027

22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B

The readings for the 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B tell us to be wary of those things which lead us to sin and remind us that we must really follow Jesus in our hearts. Are we truly following Jesus or just "going through the motions"?

Monday August 30, 2027

Monday of the 22nd Week in Ordinary Time

In the gospel for Monday of the 22nd Week in Ordinary Time, Luke 4:16-30, Jesus reads from the scroll of Isaiah in a synagogue in Nazareth and declares that the scripture is fulfilled in him. Initially, the crowd is impressed, but they quickly turn against him when he suggests that God's mercy is not exclusive to Israel. Angered, they even try to throw him off a cliff, but he escapes.

Tuesday August 31, 2027

Tuesday of the 22nd Week in Ordinary Time

In the gospel for Tuesday of the 22nd Week in Ordinary Time Luke 4:31-37, Jesus drives out a demon in a synagogue. People are struck not only by the act itself but also by how confidently Jesus speaks and acts. Even the demon acknowledges him as "the Holy One of God."

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