Monthly Archives: November 2018

Daily Mass: Coming to Church to pray. Catholic Inspiration

In the Gospel today the Lord cleanses the temple and then teaches the people.  Every time we enter into a church and stand before the Blessed Sacrament in the tablernacle, we encounter the same Risen Lord – body and blood, soul and divinity.

Mass Readings – Friday of the 33rd Week of the Year

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Thanksgiving Day

What are you thankful for today?  What gifts do you recognize right now in your life and how do you share them gratefully with others?  How has God’s grace transformed your life?  Now go, and be a blessing in the world!

Mass Readings – Thanksgiving Day

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Daily Mass: What are you doing with your life? Catholic Inspiration

The parable today shows the outcome of three servants who were given the opportunity to serve their master.  Like these servants, our lives have the power to make an impact in the world.  It begs a question: What are we doing with our lives?

Mass Readings – Wed. of the 33rd Week of the Year (Presentation of Mary)

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Daily Mass: Christ comes to seek and save what was lost. Catholic Inspiration

The exchange between Jesus and Zaccheus fills us with hope as the Lord initiates an encounter that leads to conversion and change of heart.

Mass Readings – Tuesday of the 33rd Week of the Year

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The Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe

Pantocrator

Study:  Recall a time when you carried out a difficult command.  What gave you strength?

Pray:  Is there a difficult situation facing you right now?  Draw near to Christ in the Eucharist for wisdom and courage.

Serve:  Actions speak louder than words…so how can your actions today show others that Christ is your King?

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

We conclude the Church’s liturgical calendar with this Feast in honor of our Lord.  The title is one that speaks to a role that appears in history, literature, and culture:  the KING.

Here are some common key points to remember:

  • The King is recognized as ruler
  • The King’s power is acknowledged
  • The King’s decrees are to be obeyed

Sounds simple, right?  So how do we apply these concepts to Jesus?  Consider this:

  • If Christ is the ruler of my life, then all my words and actions must align with Him.
  • I turn to Christ for strength in my moments of powerlessness.
  • I act on Christ’s commands, obeying His teaching and precepts.

Practically, I suggest that we focus this week on three key commandments that Christ gave us:

  1. Forgive one another.  Reread chapter 18 in Matthew’s gospel for a review.
  2. Come to Mass. Check out chapter 6 in John’s gospel, or Mt. 26:26-28.
  3. Love one another.  Try John 15:12-17 for a refresher!

Remember: the King commands us to forgive, receive Him in the Eucharist, and love one another.  These are not suggestions, or helpful hints when we have free time!  These are commands…and as we acknowledge that Jesus is our King we also know that we can draw near to the Lord for the strength and wisdom we need to carry them out.

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This icon of Christ Pantocrator is on loan to the Cathedral of Christ the King from Fr. Andrew Ricci.  “Pantocrator” may be literally translated into “Ruler of All” or “Almighty” and it is an ancient way of depicting Jesus.

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Note: This post was first published on November 16, 2015.


33rd Sunday of the Year: If the Lord called you now, would you be ready? Catholic Inspiration

The Gospel today addresses the age-old concern about the end times…which begs a question: if the Lord called you right now, would you be ready?  Are there things in life that need to be fixed, or are there perhaps opportunities that you can help flourish?

Mass Readings – 33rd Sunday of the Year

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Daily Mass: Pray always. Catholic Inspiration

The Lord uses a parable to express our need to pray always without growing weary.

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

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