Daily Mass: Living a just life for the Lord. Catholic Inspiration

Psalm 15 offers some beautiful advice for living a just life for the Lord.  Holiness is not just found in the extraordinary; often, our most powerful Christian witness occurs in the normal, everyday interactions that we have with one another.

Mass Readings – Tuesday of the 12th Week of the Year

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13th Sunday of the Year: Follow the Lord

Study:  Consider a moment when you made a total commitment to a task or project.  How did your commitment give you focus and strength?

Pray:  Is there something keeping you from growing in your relationship with Christ?  Offer it up in your prayer and ask the Lord for help.

Serve:  Do you have a gift or talent that can help another in need?  Perhaps the Lord is showing you a way to help build his Kingdom.

Mass Readings – 13th Sunday of the Year

There are several powerful points that surface in this week’s Scripture readings.  Here are a few key thoughts:

  • 1st Reading – Elisha seeks to follow Elijah
  • Psalm – “You are my inheritance, O Lord.”
  • 2nd Reading – Paul reminds us that we are free in Christ to live in the Spirit
  • Gospel – Jesus invites, “Come follow me.”

It’s this notion of following the Lord that I’d like to focus on this week.  What does it mean to follow Jesus Christ?  What does it mean to say that he is the Lord of our lives?  Consider these thoughts:

  • Christ is the #1 priority of our lives, above all else
  • We seek to follow his teaching and example in all things
  • In our weakness and sin, we strive to seek his forgiveness & mercy
  • We recommit our lives every day as his disciples
  • We open our hearts to grow daily in his grace

Practically, I’d like to suggest to key points to help us follow the Lord.  First, what are the obstacles that are keeping me away from Jesus today?  There are many things that can block our path to the Lord – distraction, fear, preoccupation, overly busy, exhaustion, worry – and sometimes we need to recognize these concerns and put them in perspective.

Second, what are the gifts that I bring to the Lord?  God has blessed each one of us in unique and precious ways…how might we set our talents before the feet of Christ for his service in the world?  How might we use our lives today to proclaim the Good News of Jesus to others?

The Lord said, “Come follow me.”  As we embrace this invitation, may we offer our lives with complete conviction as walk with Jesus today.

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Note: This post was first published on June 20, 2016.


Corpus Christi: The gift of the Eucharist. Catholic Inspiration

The Eucharist was defined and commanded by the Lord so that his disciples would be strengthened with his Body and Blood to face the challenges of life.  May we receive Jesus Christ through our participation at Mass with fervent desire!

Mass Readings – The Body and Blood of Christ

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Daily Mass: Letting go of useless worry. Catholic Inspiration

The Lord’s insight about useless worry addresses a common human condition.  We can easily waste the gift of life being anxious over things that give us nothing in return!  Instead, may we focus on the Kingdom of God for the grace and strength we need.

Mass Readings – Saturday of the 11th Week of the Year

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Daily Mass: Where is your treasure? Catholic Inspiration

Jesus offers sound spiritual advice that has practical application to our daily lives.  Our treasures reveal the depth of our hearts and display what we value and cherish.  May we consider the things of heaven to help guide how we live each day here on earth.

Mass Readings – Friday of the 11th Week of the Year

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Daily Mass: The power of the Lord’s Prayer. Catholic Inspiration

The Lord’s Prayer has shaped billions of Christians, offering a short, powerful prayer that cuts to the heart of the spiritual battles we face every day.  May we take a moment to reflect on some of the key insights of these words and allow them to transform our hearts.

Mass Readings – Thursday of the 11th Week of the Year

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Daily Mass: Pray, fast and give alms…in secret. Catholic Inspiration

Jesus teaches that our actions are accountable to God and not to be done for our own gratification.  Prayer, fasting and almsgiving are powerful ways to live our faith, provided that they are done for God’s glory and not our own.

Mass Readings – Wednesday of the 11th Week of the Year

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