Monthly Archives: December 2017

Daily Mass: The Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe

The Blessed Virgin Mary offers an example of faith that transformed the people of Mexico and continues to inspire millions to follow her son, Jesus Christ.  May we look to Mary for guidance and wisdom as we continue to proclaim the Good News of the Lord in our lives.

Mass Readings – The Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe

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3rd Sunday of Advent: Hope and Power

Study: Consider a moment when you heard really good news.  How did it feel?  How did it change the way you thought or acted?

Pray: Ask the Lord for guidance how your life can be a blessing to others.

Serve: Do you know someone who is having a bad day?  How can your life bring light to their lives?

Mass Readings – 3rd Sunday of Advent

The readings of this 3rd Sunday of Advent are filled with hope and power:

  • 1st Reading – Isaiah proclaims, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me.”
  • Psalm – “My soul rejoices in my God.”
  • 2nd Reading – St. Paul says, “Rejoice always. Pray without ceasing.”
  • Gospel – John the Baptist comes to testify to the Light.

The themes here all point to God’s power and glory.  As Christians we have confidence that the Lord walks with us, sustains us, and empowers us to face the challenges and obstacles of life.

Isaiah recognizes that there are troubles in this life – the poor, the brokenhearted, those captive and in prison.  We, too, understand very well that there are problems that must be faced and situations that will push us to our limits.  Yet we are not alone; God’s Spirit fills us with new life!

This is cause to rejoice!  Our Good News in Jesus recalls that Christ is victorious over sin and death.  The Lord comes into our world to breathe new life into our limbs when we are weary.  We have a strength that does not fail, and we call upon God with joy.

And like John the Baptist, we can testify to the light of Jesus Christ in the world.  People are hungry for this light, and people continue to give their lives that God’s light will shine…to cast out darkness and evil.

So call upon the Holy Spirit!  Rejoice in the Lord!  Pray always!  And testify to the grace and peace that comes when Christ Jesus shines in our hearts!

This, my friends, is the Good News of the Gospel.

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2nd Sunday of Advent: Prepare the way of the Lord…in your heart. Catholic Inspiration

The prophecy of Isaiah is fulfilled in John the Baptist to “prepare the way of the Lord” for the coming of Jesus.  Advent offers us the opportunity to make our own preparations as we repent, reconcile and look for the holy.

Mass Readings – 2nd Sunday of Advent

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Daily Mass: Jesus teaches “church work” to the Apostles. Catholic Inspiration

The Lord offers an example of ministry and then empowers the Apostles to do the same.  Our Church today is not only founded on their work, but continues through our efforts to proclaim the Gospel in our lives today.

Mass Readings – Saturday of the 1st Week of Advent

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The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Mary was chosen and prepared by God to become the Mother of Jesus, and she accepted this role with a beautiful faith.  We, too, have been chosen by the Lord and endowed with particular blessings to bring the Good News to the world.  Will we accept the Lord’s call in our lives?  May Mary’s example inspire us to say YES!

Mass Readings – The Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary

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Daily Mass: It’s about what we do. Catholic Inspiration

The Lord reminds us that when our actions serve God we build our lives on solid rock that can withstand the storms of life.  Today we look at what we do and determine how we can offer our lives to Jesus Christ.

Mass Readings – Thursday of the 1st Week of Advent (St. Ambrose)

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Daily Mass: The miracle of God’s feast. Catholic Inspiration

The readings describe the abundance and richness of God’s feast which nourishes the body, mind, heart and soul.  Our daily need for food underscores our fundamental need for the Lord; may we today reflect on what we need and call upon Jesus with confidence.

Mass Readings – Wednesday of 1st Advent (St. Nicholas)

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