Monthly Archives: May 2016

Daily Mass: The Visitation of Mary. Catholic Inspiration

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Fr. Andrew’s Daily Mass Homily Podcast

Readings for the Feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

The encounter between Mary and Elizabeth is one of great joy, and Mary’s Magnificat proclaims God’s goodness.  May our voices echo this song of praise today by what we say and do for the Lord.

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The Nativity Story.  2006.  New Line Cinema.


10th Sunday of the Year – Restored to life

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Study:  Reflect on an experience when your got a second chance.  How did it feel?  What did you do with the gift?

Pray:  Is there a difficult or painful situation in your life right now?  Ask the Lord to touch and bless it with new life.

Serve:  If you could do one thing to improve your relationships with others right now, what would it be?

10th Sunday of the Year Readings

A common pattern emerges from the readings this week:  someone in need is brought back to life.  Take a look…

  • 1st Reading– Elijah restores the widow’s son at Zarephath
  • Psalm – “I will praise you Lord, for you have rescued me.”
  • 2nd Reading – Paul recounts his journey from persecutor to apostle
  • Gospel – Jesus restores the widow’s son at Nain

Obviously, the 1st reading and the Gospel show this restoration – they were dead, and now they are brought back to life!  Can you imagine the joy, the awe and wonder, of such an event?  The mystery of life and death lies at the heart of human existence, and in these readings we confront miracles that give new opportunities for these two widows’ sons…for their lives are forever altered by the second chance they have been given.

The psalmist expresses this sentiment by praising God with a grateful heart.  There’s nothing like a brush with death to wake us up to the gift of life!  While I don’t wish anyone to come to harm, sometimes we can get caught in a routine where we start taking our gifts for granted, assuming that things will always remain the same.  We can become complacent, and over time this can fossilize our faith and lead to laziness, lethargy, and a lapse.

Which brings us to St. Paul.  The one who formerly was persecuting the Church now recounts in this passage of Galatians how he proclaimed the Gospel in the early years of his conversion.  Preaching in Arabia, then Damascus, he would then travel to Jerusalem to share with the apostles his efforts.  Simply put, his “rescue” results in a renewal of faith that will set the world on fire!  He will take his second chance and fearlessly proclaim the Good News, offering his life for Jesus Christ.

In the light of these readings I suggest two key points today.  First, is there a part of our lives that is lifeless?  Perhaps we have a relationship, situation, or habit that is causing death and destruction?  This might be the opportunity to invite the Lord in to touch and bless it with new life.

Second, have we been taking a gift for granted?  Have we become complacent about our opportunities, relationships, and circumstances?  How might we live the gift of our lives at full power for the Lord and one another?

In many ways, all of us have been given a “second chance” with every new day we walk the earth.  There are no promises, and each day is a gift that comes from God.  How we live this daily gift says a lot about our conviction and character.  May we cast out anything that deadens and embrace all that fosters faith and life!


The Body & Blood of Christ. Catholic Inspiration

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Fr. Andrew’s Homily Podcast 

Mass Readings – The Feast of the Body & Blood of Christ

We all have those people in our lives who pour out their hearts to feed others tasty, wholesome food.  In much the same way, the Lord offers us the Eucharist that we might have the spiritual food we need to strengthen us on our journey through life.

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Daily Mass: Loving & Helping Others. Catholic Inspiration

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Fr. Andrew’s Daily Mass Homily Podcast

Daily Mass Readings – Friday of the 8th Week of the Year

Some enthusiastic 2nd graders from Cathedral School help Fr. Andrew with the reading from 1st Peter in the Scriptures today!

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Daily Mass: Living Stones. Catholic Inspiration

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Fr. Andrew’s Daily Mass Homily Podcast

Daily Mass Readings – Thursday of the 8th Week of Ordinary Time

St. Peter describes us as “Living Stones” built up into the people of God.  May we draw on the Lord for the strength we need as we support and encourage one another!


Daily Mass: Ransomed by the Blood of Christ. Catholic Inspiration

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Fr. Andrew’s Daily Mass Homily Podcast

Daily Mass Readings – Wednesday of the 8th Week of Ordinary Time

1st Peter tells us that we have been ransomed…with the precious blood of Christ.  The Lord’s sacrifice reveals God’s value of our souls and shows us how we can share our lives – loving one another as Jesus loves us.  Go make a difference today!

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Daily Mass: The Love of Christ above all else. Catholic Inspiration

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Fr. Andrew’s Daily Mass Homily Podcast

Daily Mass Readings – Tuesday of the 8th Week of Ordinary Time

The Gospel today reminds that the love of God is the source of all love from which all other loves and graces find their meaning and power.  Do we love Christ above all else?  Do we place God first in our hearts?  May we continue to commit our lives to Jesus – in whose Sacred Heart flows the Love of God!

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Christ and the Rich Young Ruler, Heinrich Hofmann; 1 June 1889, 480 x 599 pixels, Riverside Church, New York, NY.

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Corpus Christi – The Body & Blood of Christ

Last Supper

Study:  Reflect on the Mass.  What parts do you find most helpful?

Pray:  Consider making a list of prayer needs for your use at Mass.  Keep this list near you for reference when you go to Church.

Serve:  Perhaps you know others who have been away from Mass for awhile.  Consider making the effort to invite them to join you at Mass.

The Body & Blood of Christ Readings

The celebration of the Eucharist is the highest form of Christian prayer.  Jesus defines the bread and wine and his body and blood, and then he commands his disciples to “take and eat…take and drink” in his memory.  Besides the readings we will hear at Mass, some other crucial Scripture passages testify to this essential element of our faith:

  • Matthew 26:26-29
  • Mark 14:22-26
  • Luke 22: 14-23
  • John 6:51-58
  • 1 Corinthians 11:23-26

What happens when we go to Mass?  What do we encounter when we open our hearts to this hour long prayer?  Here are few key points:

  • We hear a good selection of the Word of God
  • We receive Jesus Christ in Holy Communion
  • We unite in prayer with others
  • We pray for the sick, those who have died, and our special needs
  • We have a few moments for silence and reflection

Of course in our fast paced, entertain-me-so-I-won’t-be-bored world, we can look upon the central prayer of the Church and wonder why the Mass doesn’t “get modern.”  The reality is that the Mass continues to adapt to the culture and times.  The real question is this: Do I come to the Mass with an open heart to encounter the Lord and his disciples?  Do I come with a focus to offer my life to be renewed by Christ?

Here are seven ideas for getting the most out of Mass:

  1. Read the Sunday Scriptures ahead of time.  This way you can get a sense of the key themes and be better prepared to follow the homily.
  2. Come prepared to pray.  This seems obvious, but many people often don’t come with their “list” of intentions and needs.  Take some time before Mass to consider who or what in your life could use a prayer.
  3. Pray before Mass starts.  Sometimes we can rush into church, drop into a pew, and try to follow along with the Mass.  Give yourself 5-10 minutes to reflect on the past week, look to the next, and ask the Lord for guidance and strength.  It really helps!
  4. Receive Holy Communion with heightened awareness.  This is Jesus Christ who offered his life on a Cross for the salvation of our souls.  It’s his blood that was poured out for the forgiveness of our sins.  Make that moment of receiving Him intentional and reverent; let the “Amen” come from your heart!
  5. Pray after receiving Holy Communion.  You have just received the Lord Jesus into your body – you have become a living Tabernacle – there is no better time to offer the deepest, most important issues on your plate to the one who loves you.
  6. Consider one takeaway that you experienced from every Mass. Name one thing (just one is perfectly fine) that struck you at every Mass.  Perhaps it was a point in the homily, a line from a hymn, someone you prayed for, something you experienced, or an insight that came to you in silence.  By naming one takeaway you actively participate in the prayer and engage your faith as you live your life.
  7. Use a resource to get the most out of Mass.  Some people like a devotional, missal, or prayer booklet – something that can be used both in and out of church.  Others prefer an online resource where they can follow up at a website, video, or podcast.  Still others favor their smartphones for handheld resources that they can take anywhere.  Find what works for you…the only true measure is the resource that helps you engage your faith each and every day.

Jesus Christ gives us the gift of himself in every Mass.  He defines what we do and commanded us to do it.  Every time we come to Mass we encounter the Lord and allow his grace to transform our lives.  May his Body strengthen our bodies; may his Blood flow through our veins.

After all, as his disciples, we have his work to do.

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The Last Supper, Leonardo da Vinci; 1494-1499, tempera on gesso, pitch and mastic, 460 cm x 880 cm, Santa Maria delle Grazie, Milan, Italy.

Note: This blog was originally published on June 2, 2015.


The Most Holy Trinity. Catholic Inspiration

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Fr. Andrew’s Most Holy Trinity Homily Podcast

The Most Holy Trinity Readings

The Trinity is the central mystery of the Christian faith, invoked every time we make the Sign of the Cross.  This mystery – a communion of love – inspires us to foster the same loving communion in every aspect of our lives.

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Daily Mass: The Pain of Divorce. Catholic Inspiration

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Fr. Andrew’s Daily Mass Homily Podcast

Daily Readings – Friday of the 7th Week of Ordinary Time

The reality of divorce touches all of us.  What’s more, the Gospel reading today reminds us that divorce has been issue from the very beginning.  In the messy and difficult moments of life, may our faith in Christ give us strength to build up marriage and help comfort those who are struggling with divorce.

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