Pop-Up Catechesis: A Walk Through the Mass—The Readings

Pop-Up Catechesis with Joe Paprocki

We continue our series, A Walk Through the Mass, today focusing on the Scripture readings of the Liturgy of the Word.

What do you see when you look in the mirror? I’m talking beyond physical appearance. The truth is, too many of us see someone who is worthless, unlovable, shameful, inferior, untalented, unreliable, uninteresting, undeserving, or incapable of happiness. And it doesn’t help that we live in a culture that tells us that in order to be happy, we need money, power, possessions, pleasure, control, popularity, success, conquest, prestige, or fame, just to name a few. All of these things combine to form a narrative that shapes our entire life: the way we see ourselves, others, the world, and God. Twelve-step groups refer to these unhealthy narratives as “stinking thinking.” At Mass, during the Liturgy of the Word, the Scripture readings invite us do away with “stinking thinking” and to embrace a narrative that says we are beloved children of God and that, through Jesus Christ, we are rescued, restored, and reassured. In this episode of Pop-Up Catechesis, we take a closer look at the Scripture readings of the Liturgy of the Word and the narrative of salvation.

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About Joe Paprocki 2742 Articles
Joe Paprocki, DMin, is National Consultant for Faith Formation at Loyola Press, where, in addition to his traveling/speaking responsibilities, he works on the development team for faith formation curriculum resources including Finding God: Our Response to God’s Gifts and God’s Gift: Reconciliation and Eucharist. Joe has more than 35 years of experience in ministry and has presented keynotes, presentations, and workshops in more than 100 dioceses in North America. Joe is a frequent presenter at national conferences including the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress, the Mid-Atlantic Congress, and the National Conference for Catechetical Leadership. He is the author of numerous books, including the best seller The Catechist’s Toolbox, A Church on the Move, Under the Influence of Jesus, and Called to Be Catholic—a bilingual, foundational supplemental program that helps young people know their faith and grow in their relationship with God. Joe is also the series editor for the Effective Catechetical Leader and blogs about his experiences in faith formation at www.catechistsjourney.com.

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