Monthly Archives: October 2016

31st Sunday of the Year – The Lord comes to seek and save what was lost

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Study:  Consider a moment when you were publicly put on the spot.  How did you react when others scrutinized your actions?

Pray:  Is there a stirring in your heart to change something difficult?  Ask the Lord for the grace to make it happen.

Serve:  Are there people in your life who are trying to make a change for the better?  How can you support them?

Mass Readings – 31st Sunday of the Year

What shall me make of Zacchaeus?  The Gospel of Luke shows this encounter between him and Jesus.  Consider these points about Zacchaeus:

  • He is a chief tax collector – no one likes him!
  • He is wealthy and powerful.
  • He is “short of stature” so he has to climb a tree to see Jesus.
  • He repents, giving half his possessions to the poor and promising to pay back fourfold to anyone from whom he has extorted money.

Tax collectors were despised in the Jewish culture.  They were Jews who collaborated with the Roman Empire and often used unscrupulous ways to get money from their neighbors.  Thus the title “sinners” was commonly given to them as people who flagrantly rejected God’s law.

Now add to this attitude the element of the ridiculous.  Here is a wealthy, powerful, short, sinner…standing in a sycamore tree to see Jesus!  Something is going on in his heart, and as the crowd blocks his view (and he can’t get near) he does the only thing he can to glimpse the Lord.

And that means that he stands out.  His repentance – and God’s merciful grace – now become a public act.  People see Zacchaeus and Jesus, they grumble, and the Lord shows that no one is left out of God’s mercy.  Here are a few final questions to ponder today:

  1. Like Zacchaeus, is there something in me that is calling for a change of heart?
  2. Am I willing to make a change, even if it means calling unwanted attention to myself?
  3. Am I like the crowd, grumbling when someone experiences mercy?

God’s mercy is present to the world.  Zacchaeus made the change, encountered the Lord, and received the transforming grace of Christ.  His example shows us the way to experience the love of Jesus in our hearts today.


30th Sunday of the Year – Claim the Mercy! Catholic Inspiration

Fr. Andrew’s Homily Podcast

Mass Readings – 30th Sunday of the Year

Our encounter with God’s mercy happens when we do three things:

  1. Clearly know our sins
  2. Choose to make a change
  3. Embrace our relationship with the Lord

When these three take place we can say from our heart: “O God, be merciful to me a sinner.”


Daily Mass: Repent! Catholic Inspiration

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Fr. Andrew’s Daily Mass Homily Podcast

Mass Readings – Saturday of the 29th Week of the Year

The Lord makes it clear in Luke’s Gospel that we all need to repent of our sins and turn to the Lord.


Daily Mass: some good words to live by. Catholic Inspiration

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Fr. Andrew’s Daily Mass Homily Podcast

Mass Readings – Friday of the 29th Week of the Year

When I come across some gems of Sacred Scripture (like the 1st reading today) I want to cut them out and put them in a place where they will remind me of what we are about as disciples of Jesus.  Truly, they are some good words to live by!


Daily Mass: the fire of faith in our hearts. Catholic Inspiration

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Fr. Andrew’s Daily Mass Homily Podcast

Mass Readings – Thursday of the 29th Week of the Year

The Lord states that he has come to set the earth on fire…a fire that will cleanse, illuminate, and purify.  May we accept the fire of faith and allow it’s blaze to transform our hearts.


Daily Mass: Be prepared and act accordingly. Catholic Inspiration

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Fr. Andrew’s Daily Mass Homily Podcast

Mass Readings – Wednesday of the 29th Week of the Year (Sts. John Brébeuf and Isaac Jogues)

The Gospel of Luke challenges us to live up to the faith we have received: “Much will be required to the person entrusted with much.”


Daily Mass: God works through people. Catholic Inspiration

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Fr. Andrew’s Daily Mass Homily Podcast

Mass Readings – Feast of St. Luke, Evangelist

The Lord calls 72 disciples to go out in pairs proclaiming his message that the Kingdom of God is at hand.  As the Lord’s disciples, we continue his mission as we work together and speak the Good News of Jesus Christ.