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About Food for the Soul

Vatican II called the Bible “the support and energy of the Church,” “the pure and everlasting source of spiritual life,” and “the food of the soul.” Yet, for many Catholics, their engagement with Scripture is often limited to what they hear at Mass. In Food for the Soul, celebrated philosopher Peter Kreeft invites the faithful—clergy and laity alike—to a heart-to-heart relationship with Christ the Word through the Word of the Scriptures.

Moving through the first reading, second reading, and Gospel reading for each Sunday and other major liturgical celebrations throughout the three-year lectionary cycle, Kreeft brings the Mass readings to life with his trademark blend of wit and wisdom, challenging readers to plant their souls in the rich soil of Scripture and sharpen their minds with the Sword of the Spirit. Whether you are a layperson looking for additional insight on the readings at Mass, or a priest or deacon looking for inspiration for a homily, Food for the Soul is a gift to the whole Church from one of today’s greatest Christian writers.
Food for the Soul (Cycle A)
Published Oct 24, 2022
Hardcover | 816 Pages | 6” x 9”
Food for the Soul (Cycle B)
Published Oct 9, 2023
Hardcover | 824 Pages | 6” x 9”
Food for the Soul (Cycle C)
Published Dec 01, 2021
Hardcover | 720 Pages | 6” x 9”



About the Lectionary Cycle

  • The Lectionary is a collection of readings from the Bible used in the Liturgy of the Word at Mass.
  • ​There is a two-year cycle of readings for weekday masses and a three-year cycle of readings for Sunday Masses, labeled A, B, and C.
  • In addition to the Sunday and weekday cycles, the Lectionary provides readings for feasts of the saints, common celebrations such as Marian feasts, ritual masses (weddings, funerals, etc.), votive masses, and various needs. 
  • ​Food for the Soul covers the Sunday readings and many major liturgical celebrations and feast days.
  • ​​The Lectionary Cycle begins, not on January 1, but on the First Sunday of Advent (usually late November or early December), which is the beginning of the liturgical year.
  • The past two years were Cycle C and Cycle A. Cycle B will begin on December 3, 2023 and continue through November 30, 2024.
  • ​This cycle repeats every three years, so one of the three volumes of Food for the Soul will always be relevant to the Sunday Mass readings.
  • ​The first reading, usually from the Old Testament, reflects important themes from the Gospel reading.
  • The second reading is usually from one of the New Testament epistles.

What You’ll Find Inside Food for the Soul

  • An introduction from Dr. Kreeft about the series
  • The full Mass readings for all 52 Sundays (Including the Psalms in the volumes for Cycles A and B)
  • ​The full Mass readings for The Nativity of the Lord (Christmas), The Feast of the Holy Family, The Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, The Epiphany, The Baptism of the Lord, Holy Thursday, Good Friday, The Solemnity of the Ascension, The Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity, The Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, The Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe
  • A reflection from Dr. Kreeft on every reading
  • A helpful ribbon bookmark built into each volume of the set





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