Monthly Archives: January 2019

Daily Mass: Let the light shine in our hearts. Catholic Inspiration

Jesus reminds us that not only does light reveal all hidden things, but that we are called to shine with the light of Christ in our daily lives.

Mass Readings – Thursday of the 3rd Week of the Year

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Daily Mass: Let the seed of Christ grow in your heart. Catholic Inspiration

The Lord’s parable (and explanation) remind us that Christ is not only the sower but the seed as well.  God takes initiative and meets us in our hearts; how will we respond?

Mass Readings – Wednesday of the 3rd Week of the Year

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Daily Mass: We are part of God’s family. Catholic Inspiration

The Lord teaches us that as our actions conform to God’s will we are drawn ever closer into Christ’s family.  In other words, our relationships are strengthened the more we align our lives to Jesus Christ through our words and actions.

Mass Readings – Tuesday of the 3rd Week of the Year

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4th Sunday of the Year: When the going gets tough…keep going!

when the going gets tough

Study:  Recall a time when you had to speak up in a difficult situation.  How did you face it?  What gave you strength to do it?

Pray:  Ask the Lord for the grace to respond to challenging circumstances with love.  Call upon the Holy Spirit for the gifts you need.

Serve:  How can you support someone who is faced with a tough task right now?  How can you help them?

Mass Readings – 4th Sunday of the Year

Let’s start with a quick recap of the readings this week:

  • 1st Reading: Jeremiah will be strengthened to preach a difficult message
  • Psalm: We proclaim God’s goodness, especially when life is tough
  • 2nd Reading: The Love of God shapes and directs our lives
  • Gospel: Jesus encounters opposition at Nazareth

The first reading, psalm, and Gospel all refer to moments that challenge us.  The prophets encountered it, the Psalmist sings about it, and the Lord himself met resistance and opposition to the message he proclaimed.  But note this: in spite of the difficulty they did it.

Sometimes saying what needs to be said is unpleasant and unwelcome.  We might want to avoid it or wish someone else could do it, but there are times in life when it’s up to us to deliver a tough message.  We know what needs to be said…and that it’s up to us to speak.

The key is how we say it.  How does our intention, our desire, and our tone convey a tough message?  The answer is found in the second reading: Love.  The love of Christ guides and directs every aspect of our lives – including those times when we are called to speak about a difficult topic.

This notion of “what” and “how” shows up repeatedly in the spiritual life:

  • What refers to the issue, content, and “facts” of a situation or circumstance
  • How refers to the manner in which it is conveyed – the way we do something

Our faith calls us to confront the reality of life, particularly when things are tough.  We need not fear engaging a difficult situation; rather, we draw on the love of Christ to guide us – both in what we say and how we say it – trusting that the Lord will provide us with the grace we need.

Let’s face it:  Life is tough!  But when the going gets tough, the tough get going…guided by God’s love.

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Note: This post was first published on January 26, 2016.


3rd Sunday of the Year: The Spirit of the Lord. Catholic Inspiration

The Spirit of the Lord – fulfilled by Jesus in Gospel of Luke – empowers us to acknowledge God’s grace in our lives.  Like pieces of a magnificent stained glass window, we are called to shine with the unique gifts and blessings the Lord has given us.

Mass Readings – 3rd Sunday of the Year

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Daily Mass: Stir into flame the gift of God. Catholic Inspiration

The 2nd Letter to Timothy reminds us to “stir into flame the gift of God.”  We have been blessed with our knowledge of Jesus Christ; every day we have a new opportunity to let our faith shine in the world.

Mass Readings – Saints Timothy and Titus, Bishops

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Daily Mass: The Conversion of St. Paul. Catholic Inspiration

St. Paul’s conversion reminds us that God works in our lives through many circumstances and people.  What’s your conversion story?  How has the Lord touched your life and helped you become a disciple of Jesus Christ?

Mass Readings – The Conversion of St. Paul, Apostle

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