Monthly Archives: January 2016

4th Sunday of the Year – When the Going Gets Tough – Catholic Inspiration

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Fr. Andrew’s 4th Sunday of the Year Homily Podcast

Life has its share of heartache and hardship.  We all face struggles, challenges, and conflict.  The question is, what guides and directs the words we say and the actions we do?  What aspect of our faith can serve as the essential compass to steer us through life?  The answer: LOVE.

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Daily Mass: A Seed of Faith in a World of Sin. Catholic Inspiration

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Fr. Andrew’s Daily Mass Homily Podcast – Friday of the 3rd Week of the Year

The story of David and Bathsheba sounds like a Biblical soap opera, yet we are reminded that God’s grace overcomes sin – often through slow and steady growth that starts small.  Like a mustard seed, our faith in Christ confronts the challenges of this world and grows into a love that casts out all sin in the light of Christ.

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Daily Mass: Seek God’s Light. Catholic Inspiration

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Fr. Andrew’s Daily Mass Homily – Thursday of the 3rd Week of the Year & The Feast of St. Thomas Aquinas

The Light of Christ is like a lamp – meant to be set forth to give light to all.  St. Thomas Aquinas, through his study and prayer, sought the Divine Light, and he offers us an example to follow today.

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4th Sunday of the Year – When the Going Gets Tough

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Study:  Recall a time when you had to speak up in a difficult situation.  How did you face it?  What gave you strength to do it?

Pray:  Ask the Lord for the grace to respond to challenging circumstances with love.  Call upon the Holy Spirit for the gifts you need.

Serve:  How can you support someone who is faced with a tough task right now?  How can you help them?

4th Sunday of the Year Readings

Fr. Andrew’s Homily Podcast

Let’s start with a quick recap of the readings this week:

  • 1st Reading: Jeremiah will be strengthened to preach a difficult message
  • Psalm: We proclaim God’s goodness, especially when life is tough
  • 2nd Reading: The Love of God shapes and directs our lives
  • Gospel: Jesus encounters opposition at Nazareth

The first reading, psalm, and Gospel all refer to moments that challenge us.  The prophets encountered it, the Psalmist sings about it, and the Lord himself met resistance and opposition to the message he proclaimed.  But note this: in spite of the difficulty they did it.

Sometimes saying what needs to be said is unpleasant and unwelcome.  We might want to avoid it or wish someone else could do it, but there are times in life when it’s up to us to deliver a tough message.  We know what needs to be said…and that it’s up to us to speak.

The key is how we say it.  How does our intention, our desire, and our tone convey a tough message?  The answer is found in the second reading: Love.  The love of Christ guides and directs every aspect of our lives – including those times when we are called to speak about a difficult topic.

This notion of “what” and “how” shows up repeatedly in the spiritual life:

  • What refers to the issue, content, and “facts” of a situation or circumstance
  • How refers to the manner in which it is conveyed – the way we do something

Our faith calls us to confront the reality of life, particularly when things are tough.  We need not fear engaging a difficult situation; rather, we draw on the love of Christ to guide us – both in what we say and how we say it – trusting that the Lord will provide us with the grace we need.

Let’s face it:  Life is tough!  But when the going gets tough, the tough get going…guided by God’s love.

 


Daily Mass: Timothy & Titus. Catholic Inspiration

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Fr. Andrew’s Daily Mass Homily Podcast – the Feast of Sts. Timothy & Titus

We pass on the faith that was handed to us.  Like Saints Timothy & Titus, we are part of a vast chain of disciples – sharing the faith we have received so that the Good News of Jesus Christ may continue to touch hearts in our world today.

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3rd Sunday of the Year – The Spirit of the Lord in our Lives – Catholic Inspiration

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Fr. Andrew’s 3rd Sunday of the Year Homily Podcast

We call upon the Spirit of the Lord to strengthen us, so that we in turn can share God’s Spirit with one another.  Working together, like St. Paul’s example of a body, the Lord empowers us in community to bring the Good News to the world.

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Daily Mass: An Example of Mercy. Catholic Inspiration

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Fr. Andrew’s Daily Mass Homily Podcast – Friday of the 2nd Week of the Year

David’s example of mercy toward King Saul shows us a path to follow in our own lives.  Rather than returning evil with evil, we are invited to bring the love and grace of Christ to the situations before us.

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