Monthly Archives: July 2018

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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Daily Mass: Jesus is our model. Catholic Inspiration

The Gospel of Matthew helps us understand how Jesus fulfills the Old Testament by highlighting three crucial themes from the prophet Isaiah.  In doing so, the Lord gives us an example to follow today.

Mass Readings – Saturday of the 15th Week of the Year

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Daily Mass: Why we do what we do. Catholic Inspiration

Jesus tells the Pharisees that “the Son of Man is Lord of the sabbath.” Once we recognize that Christ is the Son of God, we have the opportunity with a simple question to determine if we are keeping our focus where it properly belongs.

Mass Readings – Friday of the 15th Week of the Year

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Daily Mass: Rest in the peace of Christ. Catholic Inspiration

The Lord invites us to come to him and find rest…the type of rest where there are no boundaries, no walls, only a trusting faith that draws us closer in our relationship with God.  It is a beautiful image!  May the rest we find in Jesus renew our hearts and spill out into our connections with one another.

Mass Readings – Thursday of the 15th Week of the Year

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Daily Mass: Be open to the goodness of God. Catholic Inspiration

Jesus offers a word of praise to his Heavenly Father for the goodness he has poured out on creation.  This grace is not because of our own perfection; rather, the Lord meets us in our weakness and blesses us with his merciful love.  It begs a simple question: Are we open to receive it?

Mass Readings – Wednesday of the 15th Week of the Year

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