Monthly Archives: July 2018

Daily Mass: Wheat and Weeds. Catholic Inspiration

Sometimes we might be tempted to downplay the presence of evil and final judgment…no so, today, in the Gospel of Matthew!  The Lord explains a parable with grim consequences for those who choose to follow the path that leads to death and eternal damnation.

Mass Readings – Tuesday of the 17th Week of the Year (St. Ignatius of Loyola)

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18th Sunday of the Year: Christ is the bread of life

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Study:  Reflect on a time at Mass that profoundly spoke to your heart.  What stood out?

Pray:  Prepare your heart for your next Holy Communion.  What do you need to bring to Jesus Christ?

Serve:  Is there someone who you can encourage to return to Mass?  Can you help them draw near to the table of the Lord?

Mass Readings – 18th Sunday of the Year

Jesus said to them,
“I am the bread of life;
whoever comes to me will never hunger,
and whoever believes in me will never thirst.”   John 6:35

We know that our bodies need food to sustain life; what we discover today is that our souls need spiritual food to sustain eternal life.  Where do we find this bread from Heaven?  Jesus Christ!

Have you ever experienced that feeling when you are exhausted?  Out of gas?  Wrung out?  It is often a sign that we require rest and nourishment; we come to the table to be fed.

The same is true with our souls.  There are times when we are intellectually drained, feeling lost and confused, doubting ourselves and uncertain about our next decision.  We can feel crushed, worn out by the demands of life and overwhelmed by the challenges that confront us.

What we require is a different type of nourishment – we look to a Person who loves us, understands us, and provides us with the grace and strength, the peace and perspective, to be renewed for the next step on our journey.  Christ feeds us with his Body & Blood, so that we might become more fully his disciples; we come to the altar to be fed.

What are you hungry for today?  What challenges do you face?  May we draw near to the Lord in Holy Communion and allow his love to transform our lives – for this world and for the world to come.

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Note: this blog was originally published on July 27, 2015.


17th Sunday of the Year: The Lord feeds us. Catholic Inspiration

Hunger is one of our most basic needs, a reminder that we are dependent on a steady diet of decent nutrition to thrive.  This need also applies to our spiritual lives, and we come to the Lord who feeds us with bread from Heaven.

Mass Readings – 17th Sunday of the Year

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Daily Mass: What will you harvest in your heart? Catholic Inspiration

Sometimes we can take for granted the time we have on earth, delaying important and even crucial tasks until it is too late.  The Lord reminds us that in the end there will be a harvest…and the crop we grow will determine our destination in eternal life.

Mass Readings – Saturday of the 16th Week of the Year

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Daily Mass: Do we hear and understand the Word of God? Catholic Inspiration

Hearing a message is not enough; we are called to listen and then respond with understanding.  The difference is great and the Lord points out the distinction in the Gospel parable today.

Mass Readings – Friday of the 16th Week of the Year

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Daily Mass: God works through us. Catholic Inspiration

On this feast of Sts. Joachim and Anne – the parents of Mary – we recognize that God often works through people to carry out the plan of salvation.  That means that God works through us!  May we today say YES to whatever the Lord sets before us as we do our part to be human agents for God’s grace.

Mass Readings – Thursday of the 16th Week of the Year (Joachim & Anne)

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Daily Mass: We are called to serve one another. Catholic Inspiration

The Lord reminds us today that if we want to be great in Heaven then we have to serve one another here on earth.

Mass Readings – Wednesday of the 16th Week of the Year (St. James, apostle)

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Daily Mass: To do the will of our heavenly Father. Catholic Inspiration

Jesus acknowledges us as part of his family when we do the will of our heavenly Father.  May we take these words to heart as we live our faith and drawn near to God and one another.

Mass Readings – Tuesday of the 16th Week of the Year

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17th Sunday of the Year: Come to the Table

Study:  Recall a time when you experienced real hunger.  What was it like?

Pray:  What are you hungry for in your spiritual life?  Ask the Lord to feed your soul.

Serve:  Consider helping out a food pantry or location that serves meals to those in need.  How can you help alleviate hunger around the world?

Mass Readings – 17th Sunday of the Year

The word hunger means many things to different groups of people:

  • You have the “munchies” and want to graze on snack foods
  • You hanker for something…but you are not sure what it is
  • Your stomach is growling and you want to eat
  • Your blood sugar is dropping and you know you need to eat
  • You have missed a couple of meals and you are ravenous
  • You have not eaten in days…and you understand starvation

At it’s most basic level, hunger means that we recognize our need for food to keep our bodies going.  While most of us have no awareness of famine, we all have the daily experience of the need to eat.  Food is necessary for life, and the quality of the food we eat enhances (or detracts) from the quality of our lives.

The same concept applies to our spiritual lives as well.  We certainly need a level of physical health to sustain our spiritual lives, but we also require spiritual sustenance to strengthen our souls and renew our hearts.

Jesus knew this.  The people coming to him were hungry – body and soul – and his teaching, feeding, and Eucharist sustained them.  What’s more, every time we come to the altar we participate in the banquet of his grace.  We continue to receive – Body & Blood, Soul & Divinity – the spiritual food we need to flourish.

Practically, when we come to the table may we pray with grateful hearts for the blessing of nutritious food; when we come to the altar may we pray with grateful hearts for the blessing of Christ.  In both cases, the hand of the Lord feeds us, he answers all our needs.

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Note: This blog was first published on July 21, 2015.


16th Sunday of the Year: The shepherd protects and provides for the sheep. Catholic Inspiration

Shepherds brave difficult and stressful conditions in order to protect and provide for the sheep.  The Lord does this for us, and as we conform our hearts to Christ we are strengthened to do the same for one another.

Mass Readings – 16th Sunday of the Year

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