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Hear, O Israel

Cycle BOrdinary TimeWeek 31

by Bishop Robert BarronNovember 04, 2018


Our first reading for Mass this week contains the defining prayer of the Jewish tradition: the Shma. In the Gospel, when asked which commandment is the greatest, Jesus, a pious Jew, recites this prayer from the book of Deuteronomy. We Christians too claim—or better, are claimed by—this great prayer. But what does it mean?

Mass Readings

Reading 1 - Deuteronomy 6:2-6
Psalm - Psalm 18:2-51
Reading 2 - Hebrews 7:23-28
Gospel - Mark 12:28-34