Daily Mass: St. Matthew, the Apostle and evangelist. Catholic Inspiration

Mass Readings – The feast of St. Matthew, Apostle and evangelist

Matthew accepts the call of Jesus and goes out bringing others to the Lord.  May his example inspire us to do the same!

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School Mass – What is your gift and how will you use it? Catholic Inspiration

Whatever our shape or size, age or ability, we all have gifts that God has placed within us.  As we acknowledge our gifts may we use them to show our love for God and one another.

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Daily Mass: A powerful miracle. Catholic Inspiration

Mass Readings – Tuesday of the 24th Week of the Year

Jesus revives a dead man and returns him to his widowed mother in the sight of a large crowd.  This powerful miracle anticipates the Lord’s resurrection that we might be restored in our relationship with God.  A powerful miracle, indeed!

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25th Sunday of the Year: A generous heart.

Study:  How have I reacted in the past when someone I know has been particularly blessed or fortunate?  Am I supportive or jealous?

Pray:  Ask the Lord for the grace and wisdom to celebrate sincerely with others when they have received special gifts or opportunities.

Serve:  How can you support others in their moments of blessing?  How might you be generous with gratitude for another person’s good fortune?

Mass Readings – 25th Sunday of the Year

Consider the following possible situations and scenarios:

  • Your neighbor that you have known for over twenty years has just won the lottery.
  • A high school classmate that you didn’t talk to very much in school makes it big in Hollywood.
  • A relative gets left a hefty sum of money from your old uncle and goes on a long trip around the world.
  • A kid who used to ride your bus to school is now the executive at the company – and is your boss.
  • A fellow employee in another office gets a big bonus for a successfully completed project.
  • Your best friend has the opportunity to have a special audience with the Pope – through a connection with a friend in the Vatican.

All of these scenes have one thing in common: through an encounter with generosity and/or opportunity another individual benefits and possesses rewards that we do not share.

How do we react? How do our attitudes and actions change toward those who have received unexpected (and sometimes unearned) generosity? While I know that I hope that I would be good natured, polite, friendly, and supportive – a part of me echoes with the sentiments of the workers in today’s Gospel.

There is a sense of justice, a feeling that we should get what we deserve that goes against the grain of the message today. The last workers got the same wage, even though they only worked a fraction of the time. It’s not fair!

In reality, the story went beyond fairness. No worker was cheated. No worker was denied a fair and agreeable wage. The Master simply wanted to be generous out of concern and care for others.

The fact is, God is generous to all of us. There are moments when we have fallen short of the Lord’s justice through sin and temptation. Yet like the workers today, we receive God’s generosity even when we have not earned it. May we live accordingly.

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Note: This blog was originally published on September 14, 2014.


24th Sunday of the Year: Forgiveness. Catholic Inspiration

Mass Readings – 24th Sunday of the Year

It’s non-negotiable.  Forgiveness is a key ingredient in the Christian life and without it we cannot receive the grace that the Lord lavishes upon us.  Who do we need to forgive?  To whom do we need to ask for forgiveness?  May we call upon God’s grace for the strength we need to be people who put forgiveness into practice.

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Daily Mass: It’s all about action. Catholic Inspiration

Mass Readings – Saturday of the 23rd Week of the Year (Sts. Cornelius & Cyprian)

Through a series of illustrations Jesus points out that our faith is witnessed through our action.  Our words can indicate the state of our hearts, but the actions we carry out reveal the depth of our conviction.

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Daily Mass: Our Lady of Sorrows. Catholic Inspiration

Mass Readings – Our Lady of Sorrows

Following immediately after yesterday’s Feast of the Holy Cross, the readings today focus on Mary as she endured the “sword of sorrow” as she stood at the Cross of her son.  Her sorrow reaches out through time and space to all people who have been overwhelmed by grief.  May her example help us to face our moments of pain with a sure and steadfast faith in Jesus Christ.

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The Descent from the Cross, Rogier van der Weyden, 1435, Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid.

Note: This is one of the most moving paintings I have ever stood before.