Food for the Soul: Reflections on the Mass Readings (Cycle C)
By Peter Kreeft

The Second Vatican Council called the Bible “the food of the soul.” Yet, for many Catholics, their engagement with Scripture is often limited to what they hear at Mass—and the dull, safe, predictable homilies that obscure rather than break open up the Word of God. 

In Food for the Soul, the first book in a riveting three-part series, 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.

Author: Peter Kreeft
ISBN: 978-1-943243-96-9
Binding: Hardcover
Page Count: 720
Publisher: Word on Fire

Language: English
Release Date: 2021-10-18




First Sunday of Advent
Second Sunday of Advent
Third Sunday of Advent
Fourth Sunday of Advent


The Nativity of the Lord (Christmas): Vigil Mass
The Nativity of the Lord (Christmas): Mass during the Night

The Nativity of the Lord (Christmas): Mass at Dawn
The Nativity of the Lord (Christmas): Mass during the Day
Feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph

Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God

Second Sunday after the Nativity (Christmas)
The Epiphany of the Lord

The Baptism of the Lord


First Sunday of Lent
Second Sunday of Lent
Third Sunday of Lent

Fourth Sunday of Lent

Fifth Sunday of Lent


Palm Sunday of the Lord's Passion: Readings at the Mass
Holy Thursday
Good Friday of the Lord's Passion


Easter Sunday: The Resurrection of the Lord: The Mass of Easter Day
Second Sunday of Easter (or of Divine Mercy)
Third Sunday of Easter
Fourth Sunday of Easter
Fifth Sunday of Easter
Sixth Sunday of Easter
Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord
Seventh Sunday of Easter
Pentecost Sunday: Mass during the Day


Second Sunday in Ordinary Time
Third Sunday in Ordinary Time
Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time
Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Tenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time
Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Twenty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time
Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time
Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time
Twenty-fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Twenty-fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time
Twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Thirty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time

Thirty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time
Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time
The Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity
The Solemnity of the the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ
The Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe

Peter Kreeft is a most gifted theologian, but more importantly, he is a man of faith. With this latest book of reflections on the Scripture readings for Mass, he is sharing with us the lights born of a life of prayer and faithful discipleship. It is truly an expression of what Hans Urs von Balthasar called kniende theologie, ‘theology on the knees.’ In addition to the solid content, Peter Kreeft’s artfully expressed thought never fails to inspire.

—Cardinal Seán O’Malley

Archbishop of Boston

Peter Kreeft has no equal with respect to making the deepest truths shine forth with aphoristic brilliance. He is the perfect person to place in the pulpit. Kreeft on the readings for Mass is a match made in heaven.

—Joseph Pearce

Editor of the St. Austin Review and author of Wisdom and Innocence: A Life of G.K. Chesterton

Reading this series is like joining the masterful Peter Kreeft for coffee after Mass to talk about the readings. It’s a wonderful resource that Catholics can pick up and return to again and again throughout the liturgical year, full of wisdom from one of the top guiding lights of our era in the Catholic world.

—Dr. Edward Sri

theologian and author of A Biblical Walk through the Mass

Unfortunately, we have written records of only seven of C.S. Lewis’ sermons. But thank God we now have dozens of reflections from Peter Kreeft, the modern C.S. Lewis, based on the Mass readings throughout the liturgical year. Kreeft’s decades of reading Scripture, teaching students, and loving wisdom shine forth in this compendium, which deserves wide readership by priests and laypeople alike. With his characteristic wit and wisdom, Kreeft offers an invaluable resource in understanding the Scriptures proclaimed in the liturgy. I hope Kreeft’s book finds its way into the hands of every Catholic eager to better understand the readings of Sunday Mass.

—Christopher Kaczor

Professor of Philosophy, Loyola Marymount University, and Fellow of the Word on Fire Institute

More than a help, this book is a gift to the Church, and the gift is an encounter with Christ, the Word. Not only for priests—although I encourage this book to be used by priests and hopefully also in seminary formation—this book is also for laity and religious. It is for anyone who is seeking to know God more profoundly through prayer and reflection on his Word, helping us in our journey to know him and discern this message of love.

—Sr. Josephine Garrett

Sister of the Holy Family of Nazareth

Preaching is among the most important tasks of the Church. It is the premiere form of catechesis for the average parishioner and a surefire way to inspire the hearts of God’s people. Today, the faithful are hungering for substantial homilies informed by the Scriptures and Sacred Tradition. This collection of Peter Kreeft’s biblical reflections provides Catholics with a trustworthy and insightful resource in response to this need. With his usual clarity, Kreeft guides the reader in a stirring series of reflections that will prove a valuable asset to any layperson, religious, seminarian, deacon, or priest.

—Fr. Blake Britton

author of Reclaiming Vatican II: What It (Really) Said, What It Means, and How It Calls Us to Renew the Church

Peter Kreeft’s reflections are challenging yet simple, piercing right to the soul with his wit, charm, and heart. If you’re wondering whether or not you need another book offering reflections on the Mass readings, I offer a resounding yes! These reflections show how deeply God loves us through the Word and the Church, ultimately reminding us of the simple fact that the point is not the homily or the prose—the point is Jesus.

—Rachel Bulman

speaker and author of Becoming Wife: Self-Gift in Matrimony