Monthly Archives: November 2017

Daily Mass: To seek and save what was lost. Catholic Inspiration

Jesus speaks to Zacchaeus and initiates a conversation that leads to a conversion of heart.  We, too, are called to reach out to one another with the Good News of Christ…to seek and save what was lost.

Mass Readings – Tuesday of the 33rd Week of the Year (Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary)

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The Solemnity of Christ the King

Study: Recall a time when you recognized God as the center of your life; a time when you hung on to faith – perhaps because other things were struggling.

Pray: Call upon the Lord to rule and guide your heart.

Serve:  What is the King’s command for you today?  How is the Lord directing you to help and serve another?

Mass Readings – The Solemnity of our Lord Jesus Christ, the King of the Universe

This weekend brings the Church liturgical year to a close.  Next week begins Advent, and we will start a new liturgical year with the cycle of “B” readings in the Lectionary for Mass.

Why do we end the year with the notion of Christ the King?  Why do we place this feast here?  What’s the point?

The feast has several levels of meaning.  By calling Christ our King we are making a statement that Jesus is the Lord of our lives.  It means that we place Christ first, and that we serve the Lord Jesus with the allegiance of our hearts, minds, and bodies.  We belong to Christ, who rules us.

In addition, to claim Christ as our King means that we are members of his kingdom.  Through our baptism we are called to the community of faith, the Church, and we possess an inheritance that is ultimately not of this world.  We are citizens who have a responsibility to work together – for this world and the world to come.

Furthermore, the King will come at the end of time to call His faithful people home to heaven.  We believe that the world will end on a future, unknown day (and once again, let me stress it is an UNKNOWN date…).  This feast reminds us that in the end we belong to one home or the other, one Lord or another.

Finally, to say that Christ is our King reminds us that all our power, strength, hope, and direction come from Him.  The skills and talents we possess are from the King (who made us).  The forgiveness we cherish is from the King (who died for us).  The life of the Holy Spirit which sustains us was sent by the King (who asked the Father on our behalf).

Therefore, to claim Christ as our King is to make a statement about who we are.  As followers of this King we offer our lives in service to the one who is our Lord.  We make this King our first priority in all things, and we look upon Jesus Christ as both the beginning and end of our existence.

This is a good time for us to search and prepare our hearts.  As this Church year comes to an end we begin to make ourselves ready for the Lord who comes to us, that he might find us alert and watchful for his arrival.  May we renew our allegiance to Christ our King so that he will rule us with mercy, grace, and love.

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33rd Sunday of the Year: What will you make of your life? Catholic Inspiration

Mass Readings – 33rd Sunday of the Year

The Gospel reading makes it clear that all of us will be judged according to what we have been given in this life.  Our invitation?  To take stock of the gifts and talents we have and make something special for the glory of God.

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Daily Mass: Call upon the Lord. Catholic Inspiration

Mass Readings – Saturday of the 32nd Week of the Year

The Lord invites us to pray always and never become weary.  May the blessings and burdens of each day be a part of our daily prayer, as we call upon the Lord for what we need.

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Daily Mass: When the Son of Man is revealed. Catholic Inspiration

Mass Readings – Friday of the 32nd Week of the Year

Life happens.  Sometimes we can get caught up in the cycle of our routine, only to find that everything can change in the blink of an eye.  Jesus reminds his disciples that the Son of Man will appear when least expected – empowering us to live each day as if it is our last, taking nothing for granted as we keep our eyes fixed on the Lord.

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Daily Mass: The Kingdom of God is among you. Catholic Inspiration

Mass Readings – Thursday of the 32nd Week of the Year

Jesus exhorts the disciples not to go looking for the Kingdom of God “here or there,” but recognize that in Him the Kingdom is already present.  Our task?  To live for Christ here on earth so that we are ready to greet him in Heaven.

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Daily Mass: A grateful Samaritan. Catholic Inspiration

Mass Readings – Wednesday of the 32nd Week of the Year

10 lepers were healed by Jesus and delivered from their horrible illness by his divine power.  Only one came back to say thanks – a foreigner – and his example inspires us to practice gratitude for the moments of grace we receive throughout our daily lives.

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