Monthly Archives: August 2018

Daily Mass: There is a God, and it’s not me. Catholic Inspiration

The Scriptures today reveal the awesome power of God – the source of all life and grace – and helps us understand that our relationship with the Lord requires us to receive with humble respect from the Almighty as we share the gifts we have been given with grateful hearts.

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21st Sunday of the Year: Tough choices guided by faith

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Study:  Recall a time when you were confronted with a tough decision.  Who or what helped you to face your situation?

Pray:  Are you facing a difficult time?  Ask the Lord for wisdom and courage.

Serve:  Is there someone in your life who is struggling with a challenge?  How can you help them?

Mass Readings – 21st Sunday of the Year

The crowds had listened to Jesus.  They had seen the healings and witnessed the miracle of the fishes and loaves.  They had been nourished body and soul by the Lord’s presence, and after hearing the “Bread of Life” discourse they began to doubt and walk away…

“This saying is hard, who can accept it?”  – John 6:60

There are moments in life when we are called to confront a difficult situation.  We are challenged to understand and carry out a task that may be unpleasant or unwelcome.  We have a choice: we can walk away and  allow events to run on their own, or we can engage the situation knowing that every step will be hard.  What do we do?

Joshua expresses the nature of a tough decision in his words to the Israelites in the first reading:

“If it does not please you to serve the Lord, then decide today whom you will serve.”  – Joshua 24:15

Let’s face it.  There are times in life when we struggle to make and carry out the right choice.  Perhaps we don’t know what to do; perhaps we know but we struggle to do it.  Sometimes it can seem like the weight of the world rests on our shoulders as we muddle through hard sayings and tough decisions.

What are you confronting today?  What challenges are set before you?  May we ask God for two key gifts: Wisdom and Courage.  We ask for wisdom to know what to do, and we pray for courage to carry it out!


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Note: This post was originally published on August 18, 2015.

20th Sunday of the Year: You are what you eat. Catholic Inspiration

Jesus states that we must eat his flesh and drink his blood to have eternal life.  May our reception of the Body and Blood of Christ in Holy Communion nourish our souls as the Lord renews us with his grace.

Mass Readings – 20th Sunday of the Year


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Daily Mass: Let the children come to Jesus. Catholic Inspiration

Jesus rebukes the disciples for preventing the children to draw near.  It’s a powerful reminder for us: how do we help our children come to the Lord?  How do we help them grow in faith, hope and love?

Mass Readings – Saturday of the 19th Week of the Year


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Daily Mass: Marriage and Divorce

The exchange about marriage and divorce in the Gospel of Matthew reminds us that these topics have been challenging and messy from the beginning of time.  May we call upon the Lord today for the strength to support the marriages around us and help those who face the pain of divorce with the compassion of Christ.

Mass Readings – Friday of the 19th Week of the Year


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Daily Mass: Forgiveness as a way of life. Catholic Inspiration

Jesus responds to Peter’s question about forgiveness with a parable that reveals the power of forgiveness as an intense way of life.  It’s not easy, but it is the path that we walk to receive God’s merciful grace into our hearts.

Mass Readings – Thursday of the 19th Week of the Year


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The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Catholic Inspiration

Mary’s Magnificat of praise inspires us to live our faith with joy and power as we face all the circumstances of life.

Mass Readings – The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary


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Daily Mass: Who is the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven? Catholic Inspiration

How do we measure greatness?  Is it by strength, intelligence, resources or opportunity?  Jesus shows the disciples today that greatness happens when we can become like children – trusting and allowing the Lord’s greatness to direct and empower our lives.

Mass Readings – Tuesday of the 19th Week of the Year (St. Maximilian Kolbe)


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20th Sunday of the Year: God prepares a feast for us!

thanksgiving rehearsal dinner

Study:  What are some of the things that make a dinner special for you?  What makes it a feast?

Pray:  Offer a prayer for those who go hungry this day – either because they lack food or the companionship to share it.

Serve:  Is there someone you know with whom you could share a meal?  How might you make your meal a feast with others?

Mass Readings – 20th Sunday of the Year

Growing up in a large Italian-American family, big dinners were a common occurrence.  The usual suspects like Christmas, Easter, Thanksgiving were typical; but family gatherings (with all the adults talking and the kids talking louder) provided numerous opportunities for people to gather and make the simple task of taking nourishment a beautiful experience for body, mind, heart, and soul.

Tables were set, special foods chosen, delicacies prepared in advance…all these steps to make the dinner something special, something extraordinary.

They were feasts.

Indeed, whenever we take the time and effort to make dining an experience, we create opportunities that touch us on multiple levels.  Good food is augmented by delightful conversation, enlivened with beauty, and woven together with human hopes and dreams.  A feast is not just an abundance of food; it is a rich expression of God’s goodness working through others to nourish our lives in profound ways.

All of the readings point to different ways the Lord sustains our lives:

  • Wisdom sets a rich table, calling us to abandon foolishness to follow her
  • We “taste and see the goodness of the Lord” in the psalm response
  • Ephesians invites us to be filled with the Spirit, living upright lives
  • Jesus commands us to eat his flesh and drink his blood, that we might have eternal life

Every Mass provides us with the opportunity to draw near the altar and be renewed through our reception of Holy Communion.  Christ sets the table for us, inviting us to turn away from destructive and harmful forces, so that we might receive the grace we need to continue on the journey of life.

Come to the Feast!

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Note: This post was first published on August 10, 2015.

19th Sunday of the Year: From grumbling to grace. Catholic Inspiration

In the Scriptures we see a common theme: God’s response to the grumbling, griping, complaining and murmuring of others.  May we live each day, not feeding our fears, but feasting on the faith that comes from the Bread of Life!

Mass Readings – 19th Sunday of the Year


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