Monthly Archives: September 2019

25th Sunday of the Year: The Christian in the world. Catholic Inspiration

The readings all reveal different ways our faith interacts with everyday life. Rather than create a false separation, we have a daily opportunity to live our faith in our normal circumstances…so that when people see us, they see Jesus Christ shining through.

Mass Readings – 25th Sunday of the Year

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Daily Mass: How is the Lord calling us today? Catholic Inspiration

Both the Letter to the Ephesians and the Gospel of Matthew offer insights into how the Lord calls us (with all our imperfections) in various ways, giving us the grace we need for the work entrusted to our care.

Mass Readings – Saturday of the 24th Week of the Year

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Daily Mass: Walking with Jesus. Catholic Inspiration

The followers of Jesus reveal a microcosm of the Church, inviting us (however wounded or sinful) to walk with the Lord today.

Mass Readings – Friday of the 24th Week of the Year

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Daily Mass: Sin, forgiveness and God’s love. Catholic Inspiration

The interaction between Jesus and the woman in the Gospel of Luke reveals the healing power of God’s love when we receive the Lord’s forgiveness for our sins.

Mass Readings – Thursday of the 24th Week of the Year

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Daily Mass: Are we finding fault or fostering faith? Catholic inspiration

Life presents us a variety of situations – good, bad and ugly – and often we can be tempted to look for the failures and limitations of those around us. Rather than finding fault we have the opportunity to foster our faith as we seek God’s presence is all aspects of our lives.

Mass Readings – Wednesday of the 24th Week of the Year

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Daily Mass: I tell you, arise! Catholic Inspiration

The encounter between Jesus and the widow reveals the compassion and power of the Lord.  Christ continues to reach out to us with this same loving grace and urges us to rise up in newness of life.

Mass Readings – Tuesday of the 24th Week of the Year

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25th Sunday of the Year: The guiding power of faith.

Study:  Recall a time when you witnessed a leader make a decision informed by Christian faith.  How did it strengthen those affected?

Pray:  Are you troubled by an issue in business or politics right now?  Ask the Lord for guidance to proceed with your actions.

Serve:  Is there some way that you can make a difference in your local community?  How might your life help the people around you?

Mass Readings – 25th Sunday of the Year

This Sunday’s scripture readings give us a practical perspective from which to view some “real world” issues that surface in daily life.

  • 1st Reading – God’s rebuke about bad business practices
  • Psalm – “Praise the Lord who lifts up the poor.”
  • 2nd Reading – Pray for our civic leaders
  • Gospel – A parable about using wealth to secure lasting relationships

And who says the Church shouldn’t talk about Business & Politics?!  The prophet Amos offers harsh words about those who cheat to make a profit, and Timothy urges the community to pray for those in authority “that we may lead a quiet and tranquil life.”

Far from out of touch, these passages remind us yet again of the timeless quality of Scripture to speak to enduring human concerns.  Our communities rely on a strong and supportive leadership that fosters peace and prosperity.  Amid political rhetoric we are constantly reminded that we are as strong as we are united, and as weak as we are divided.

Thus the Gospel helps us understand that “God and Mammon” cannot compete with one another; rather, we put the Lord first and see our work and social interactions through the eyes of faith. ¬†Money and natural resources are crucial for human life to thrive, and when people are cooperating and stewarding these practical elements under the guidance of a clear moral vision we discover the power that our faith in Jesus Christ brings to all aspects of our lives.

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Note: This post was first published on September 12, 2019.