Monthly Archives: January 2019

Daily Mass: Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will. Catholic Inspiration

The Psalm response today serves as a powerful reminder about our fundamental orientation toward the Lord.  Offering our lives, we strive to do God’s will with a joyful heart.

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Daily Mass: The Lord grieves over our hard hearts. Catholic Inspiration

The Lord heals a man with a withered hand and is angry and grieved when he encounters a lack of charity and hardness of heart from the crowd.

Mass Readings – Wednesday of the 2nd Week of the Year


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Photo Credit: Jesus of Nazareth, 1977.

Daily Mass: Serving the Lord with faith and patience. Catholic Inspiration

The Letter to the Hebrews speaks of the importance of perseverance – continuing with faith and patience – as we serve the Lord throughout our lives.  May we keep going with God’s grace!

Mass Readings – Tuesday of the 2nd Week of the Year


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Note: Today is the Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Life.  May we pray that God will touch hearts and change lives as we do what we can to support a Culture of Life.

3rd Sunday of the Year: The Spirit of the Lord

Study: What is your favorite way to read Scripture – a devotional, chapter-a-day, daily Mass readings, or just a bookmark in the Bible?

Pray: Consider using a little bit of Scripture as part  of your daily prayer – think of it as a “spiritual multivitamin” for your health!

Serve: How is God’s Spirit directing your life – is there a task or opportunity that you feel prompted to act?

Mass Readings – 3rd Sunday of the Year

The readings this week are filled with power as we hear how God’s Word and Spirit touch our hearts.

  • 1st Reading – The Israelites hear the Word of God with joy
  • Psalm – God’s Word is Spirit and Life
  • 2nd Reading – The Lord’s Spirit works through us in many different ways
  • Gospel – The Spirit of the Lord is fulfilled in Jesus Christ

I suggest two thoughts for your consideration this week.  First, God’s Word continues to proclaim Good News in our world today, and we are invited to embrace the Lord’s message – allowing the mercy, love, joy, and peace of the Gospel to soak into our hearts.

My point here is about actively seeking the Lord in our daily life, making God’s Word a part of our regular spiritual diet.  By dwelling on the Good News we foster our Christian perspective to engage the challenges of daily life with courage and wisdom.  We know that there are plenty of difficulties and obstacles; we feast upon God’s Word for the strength to engage life at full power.

Second, with God’s Word in our hearts we live our faith as part of a larger community – sharing our particular gifts and talents for the good of all.  No one person possesses all gifts; rather, we cooperate (like Paul’s example of the parts of a body) and contribute our skills so that all might be blessed.

That means we:

  • Claim our gifts
  • Use our gifts
  • Recognize the gifts of others
  • All for the glory of God!

So, three final questions for your reflection:

  1. How are you allowing God’s Word to touch your heart?
  2. How is the Spirit of the Lord calling you this week?
  3. How might you be prompted to share your life with others?

The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
because he has anointed me
to bring glad tidings to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim liberty to captives
and recovery of sight to the blind,
to let the oppressed go free,
and to proclaim a year acceptable to the Lord.  
(Luke 4:18-19)


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Note: This post was first published on January 18, 2016.

2nd Sunday of the Year: What’s your gift? Catholic Inspiration

The 2nd Letter to the Corinthians reminds us that we have all been blessed by God with unique gifts and talents.  What’s your gift?  And will you share your gifts to help build up the Body of Christ today?

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Daily Mass: Jesus reaches out to sinners. Catholic Inspiration

When questioned why he eats with sinners, Jesus replies with words of hope for all of us who – recognizing our sinfulness – are able to draw close to the Lord.

Mass Readings – Saturday of the 1st Week of the Year


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Daily Mass: Giving and receiving God’s help. Catholic Inspiration

Jesus heals a man who is brought to him on a stretcher by four men.  The image profoundly illustrates a crucial point: sometimes we give help and sometimes we receive it.  May the Lord help us in both cases!

Mass Readings – Friday of the 1st Week of the Year


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