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March 2024: Mass Readings and Resources

March 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 March 2024 here. Learn more about lectionary cycles from the USCCB.

The Lenten Sundays in March 2024 progress from the 3rd Sunday of Lent, focusing on obedience to God's commandments, through themes of God's faithfulness, covenant, and sacrifice, leading up to Holy Week. Holy Week observances begin with Palm Sunday, highlighting Jesus' sacrificial love, followed by Holy Thursday, commemorating the Last Supper and the institution of the Eucharist and priesthood. Good Friday solemnly recalls Jesus' crucifixion, and Holy Saturday, a day of mourning and anticipation. The month culminates in Easter Sunday, celebrating Jesus Christ's resurrection, affirming hope and divine fidelity.

Sundays and Holy Days in March 2024

3rd Sunday of Lent Year B
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3rd Sunday of Lent

Sunday March 3, 2024

In March 2024, the readings for the 3rd Sunday of Lent Year B underscore the necessity of genuinely adhering to and internalizing God’s commandments for a fulfilling life. The first reading presents the Ten Commandments, foundational guidelines for living in harmony with God's will. The second reading contrasts divine wisdom with human understanding, emphasizing the depth and uniqueness of God's insights. The Gospel narrative of Jesus cleansing the temple highlights the call to prioritize our devotion to God over material or self-serving interests, urging us to cleanse our hearts and focus on sincere worship and service to God, reflecting a pure and devoted relationship with the Father.

4th Sunday of Lent Year B 1
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4th Sunday of Lent

Sunday March 10, 2024

In March 2024, the 4th Sunday of Lent Year B readings illuminate God's steadfast love and intent to draw us closer to Him. The first reading reveals how God moved Cyrus to allow His chosen people to return and worship in Jerusalem, demonstrating His faithfulness and the fulfillment of promises. The Gospel shares Jesus' enlightening conversation with Nicodemus, where Jesus reveals His mission as the manifestation of God's boundless love for humanity. These passages encourage reflection on God's unending mercy and the transformative power of love, inviting us to embrace the light of Christ and the hope it brings into our lives.

5th Sunday of Lent Year B
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5th Sunday of Lent

Sunday March 17, 2024

In March 2024, the readings for the 5th Sunday of Lent Year B delve into God's unwavering covenant with humanity, highlighting our redemption through Jesus Christ's obedience and sacrifice. The first reading introduces a new covenant, promising a closer, more personal relationship with God, even amidst our unfaithfulness. The second reading emphasizes salvation achieved through Christ's obedience, contrasting human weakness with divine steadfastness. The Gospel features Jesus foreshadowing His death, teaching that true followers must embrace self-sacrifice to attain eternal life. These themes collectively underscore the journey from death to life, urging believers to follow Christ's path of self-denial for genuine transformation and eternal union with God.

Palm Sunday Year B
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Palm Sunday Year B – Passion Sunday

Sunday March 24, 2024

Palm Sunday Year B in March 2024 vividly commemorates Jesus Christ's ultimate sacrifice. Beginning with His joyous entry into Jerusalem, the narrative swiftly transitions to the profound events of His Passion. The scriptures from Isaiah and the Psalms echo the depth of Jesus' suffering, fulfilling His own words on the cross. Philippians elevates Jesus as our humble Lord and Savior, culminating in the Gospel's recount of the Last Supper and Jesus' willing sacrifice as our Redeemer. This day invites us to meditate on Christ's immense love and the salvation He offers, reflecting on the profound implications of His sacrificial journey for us.

Holy Thursday
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Holy Thursday

Thursday March 28, 2024

On Holy Thursday in March 2024, Catholics reflect on Jesus Christ's Last Supper with His apostles, a pivotal moment marking the Eucharist's institution and the priesthood's foundation. This day, rich in symbolism and teaching, emphasizes Jesus' profound acts of love and humility, particularly through the washing of the feet, instructing us in service and compassion towards one another. It encapsulates key themes of sacrifice, salvation, obedience, and communal sharing, inviting us to live in accordance with Jesus' example. Holy Thursday embodies the essence of Christian faith, urging us to embrace and practice the core values of love, service, and unity.

Good Friday
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Good Friday

Friday March 29, 2024

Good Friday's liturgy in March 2024 deeply explores themes central to Christian faith: suffering and sacrifice, redemption, unwavering faith, divine mercy, scriptural fulfillment, love, forgiveness, and the cross's mystery. It reflects on Jesus' immense suffering for humanity's salvation, highlighting his role as a high priest offering the ultimate sacrifice. This day emphasizes faith and trust in God, even in adversity, and calls believers to embody love and forgiveness. Good Friday challenges us to ponder the profound paradox of the cross, where through death and suffering comes life and redemption, offering profound insights for spiritual reflection and practice.

Holy Saturday
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Holy Saturday

Saturday March 30, 2024

Holy Saturday in March 2024 marks a solemn pause in Holy Week, bridging Good Friday's sorrow and Easter Sunday's joy with a day of silent contemplation and hopeful anticipation. This day, devoid of its own Mass, invites the faithful into a deep reflection on Jesus Christ's death, engaging in morning prayers and dwelling in the quiet of waiting. Holy Saturday embodies a profound duality—mourning the Savior's sacrifice while anticipating His Resurrection's promise. It's a time to embrace the quiet before the dawn, teaching patience and trust as we await the light of Easter, symbolizing that even after the darkest times, new life emerges.

Easter Sunday
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Sunday March 31, 2024

Easter in March 2024 epitomizes the zenith of the Christian liturgical year, celebrating Jesus Christ's resurrection and the profound promise of redemption and eternal life it offers to humanity. Central to this celebration is Easter Sunday, overflowing with the joy of the Risen Lord and inaugurating the Easter Octave—eight days of ceaseless celebration, each regarded as Easter itself. This period deeply immerses believers in the rejuvenating and life-affirming mysteries of Christ's victory over death, inviting us to a renewed personal encounter with the Risen Christ. It marks a season of new beginnings, divine grace, and a deeper connection to our faith's core.

March 2024

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

Friday March 1, 2024

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 2, 2024

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 3, 2024

3rd Sunday of Lent Year B

The readings for the 3rd Sunday of Lent Year B help us understand that we must follow God's commandments and truly live them in our hearts to find life. Some possible themes for this weekend are the Ten Commandments, morality, and Church authority.

Monday March 4, 2024

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 5, 2024

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 6, 2024

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 7, 2024

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 8, 2024

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.

Saturday March 9, 2024

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.

Sunday March 10, 2024

4th Sunday of Lent Year B

The readings for the 4th Sunday of Lent Year B focus on God's faithfulness in drawing us closer to him. Discussions for these readings could include topics such as God's love for us, light and darkness, and our longing for God. Here are some ideas.

Monday March 11, 2024

Monday of the 4th Week of Lent

The gospel for Monday of the 4th Week of Lent invites us to consider the nature of faith and the ability of Jesus to perform miracles. As Catholics, we believe that Jesus is the Son of God and that through his divine power, he is able to heal the sick and change lives.

Tuesday March 12, 2024

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 13, 2024

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 14, 2024

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 15, 2024

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 16, 2024

Saturday of the 4th Week of Lent

The gospel for Saturday of the 4th Week of Lent tells the story of the confusion and division that arose among the people of Jerusalem during Jesus' ministry. Some believed that Jesus was the Messiah, while others were skeptical and even hostile towards Him. As Catholics, we can reflect on this passage and see it as an opportunity to deepen our faith in Christ and to seek unity with our fellow believers.

Sunday March 17, 2024

5th Sunday of Lent Year B

The Mass readings for the 5th Sunday of Lent Year B focus on God's new covenant, highlighting themes of transformation, obedience in times of suffering, and the promise of eternal life through Jesus' death and resurrection. It encourages self-denial and service, emphasizing Jesus' universal mission of salvation. The readings call for a personal and communal change, reflecting on the Lenten journey towards understanding God's love and the fulfillment of His salvation plan.

Monday March 18, 2024

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.

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 19, 2024

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.

Wednesday March 20, 2024

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 21, 2024

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 22, 2024

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.

Saturday March 23, 2024

Saturday of the 5th Week of Lent

The readings for Saturday of the 5th week of Lent speak of the themes of restoration and reunification, but from different perspectives. In Ezekiel, the prophet is given a vision of God's plan to reunite the two kingdoms of Israel and to establish a new covenant with his people. This vision is one of hope and promise, but also of accountability, as the "sons of wickedness" are to be separated from the rest of the people.

Sunday March 24, 2024

Palm Sunday Year B - Passion Sunday

The readings for Palm Sunday Year B (Passion Sunday) focus the sacrifice which Jesus Christ made for me and you. So these readings would definitely lead into a discussion of the Pascal Mystery. Here are some ideas.

Monday March 25, 2024

Monday of Holy Week

As we read the gospel for Monday of Holy Week, we are struck by the extravagant love and devotion shown by Mary towards Jesus. She takes a pound of costly perfume made of pure nard and anoints Jesus' feet with it, then wipes his feet with her hair. This act of love is a foreshadowing of Jesus' imminent death and burial, and it is a poignant reminder of the deep connection between love and sacrifice.

Tuesday March 26, 2024

Tuesday of Holy Week

The Mass readings for Tuesday of Holy Week invite us to contemplate the mystery of Jesus' suffering and death, as well as the significance of his sacrifice for our salvation.

Wednesday March 27, 2024

Wednesday of Holy Week

The gospel for Wednesday of Holy Week tells the story of Jesus' betrayal by Judas Iscariot. In this passage, we see the intimate setting of the Last Supper, where Jesus is gathered with his disciples to share a meal before his crucifixion. As they are eating, Jesus announces that one of them will betray him. Judas responds by asking if it is him, and Jesus confirms that it is.

Thursday March 28, 2024

Holy Thursday

On Holy Thursday, Catholics remember the last supper of Jesus Christ with his apostles. This marks the establishment of the sacrament of the Eucharist and the priesthood.

Friday March 29, 2024

Good Friday

On Good Friday, Catholics remember the death by crucifixion of Jesus Christ. This is a solemn day of fast and abstinence.

Saturday March 30, 2024

Holy Saturday

Holy Saturday is the day between Good Friday and Easter. It is a mix of both sorrow for the suffering of Jesus Christ and expectation of his rising.

Sunday March 31, 2024

Easter Sunday

Easter is the most significant celebration in the church year. Catholics celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. Easter is actually an octave, lasting eight days.

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