Monthly Archives: September 2019

27th Sunday of the Year: Fostering the gift of faith.

Study:  Reflect on a moment when your faith was on fire.  What people or events helped make this happen?

Pray:  Is your faith struggling right now?  Ask the Lord to renew the fire within your heart.

Serve:  Is there someone in your life who is struggling with their faith?  How can you help support them?

Mass Readings – 27th Sunday of the Year

The Second Letter to Timothy and the Gospel of Luke offer us a couple of crucial insights regarding our faith in Jesus Christ.

The words to Timothy are inspiring:  “I remind you to stir into flame the gift of God…for God did not give us a spirit of cowardice but of power and love and self control…Guard this rich trust with the help of the Holy Spirit that dwells within us.” 

We have received the grace of Jesus Christ through our sacraments, prayer, and the power of the Holy Spirit.  There is power in these words!  Our lives are transformed when we open out hearts to the fire of faith, and we receive strength to face the difficulties and challenges of life with God’s help.

Sometimes we can lose sight of the great gift of our faith.  We can take it for granted, leave it uncultivated, or perhaps stop feeding it with the proper fuel.  Yet when we nourish our faith in Jesus Christ, the power of the Lord’s love renews us and directs us to share our lives with others in dynamic ways.  We become so much more when our faith is burning bright; indeed, we shine as sons and daughters of God.

But how does this faith start?  In Luke’s Gospel the disciples asked Jesus to increase their faith, and the Lord reminds them that faith – like a seed – always begins as a tiny thing.  Just as a single spark can become a roaring fire, so too, our faith can blaze forth when we willing call upon God’s help.

How do you see your faith today?  Is it burning hot or only a tiny ember?  We hold firm to the conviction that the Lord can take even the smallest spark and infuse it with holy fire.  May we ask the Lord to touch our faith so we can glow with the love of Jesus Christ.

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


26th Sunday of the Year: Lazarus and the rich man. Catholic Inspiration

The parable of Lazarus and the rich man offer three insights (body, mind and soul) that can help us today live as disciples of the Lord Jesus.

Mass Readings – 26th Sunday of the Year

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Daily Mass: The Lord guards his people. Catholic Inspiration

The psalm response reveals God’s protection, guarding us in the midst of difficulty and strife. Held safe in God’s hand, we continue the Lord’s work as we strive to protect and defend life.

Mass Readings – Saturday of the 25th Week of the Year

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Daily Mass: Who do we say Jesus is? Catholic Inspiration

The question Jesus poses to the disciples pertains also to us. Our response – like that of the disciples – configures our words and actions as we live out our conviction that he is the Messiah…the Savior…the Lord.

Mass Readings – Friday of the 25th Week of the Year

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Daily Mass: The Lord takes delight in us. Catholic Inspiration

The psalm response echoes the profound joy that God has for humanity. As recipients of the Lord’s delight, we have the opportunity each day to radiant the warmth and goodness of Christ’s love with those we meet.

Mass Readings – Thursday of the 25th Week of the Year

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Daily Mass: We have work to do, and God will give us what we need. Catholic Inspiration

Jesus gives power and authority to the disciples to carry on his saving work as they place their trust in him. Following their example we, too, have an opportunity to carry on the mission of the Lord as we offer our lives guided by God’s grace.

Mass Readings – Wednesday of the 25th Week of the Year

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Daily Mass: To act on the Word of God. Catholic Inspiration

The Lord Jesus makes it clear that we are part of his family when we act on the Word of God in our lives.

Mass Readings – Tuesday of the 25th Week of the Year

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26th Sunday of the Year: The parable of the rich man and Lazarus.

Study:  Is there a particular need that keeps coming to your attention?  Reflect on how your resources might be used to help another.

Pray:  Ask the Lord to see more clearly the needs of the poor and respond with wisdom and compassion.

Serve:  Is there a simple action that you can do right now to help another?  How can you make it happen?

Mass Readings – 26th Sunday of the Year

The parable of the rich man and Lazarus speaks timelessly to our modern day culture.  Without a doubt we can all acknowledge the many, many ways that we have been materially blessed in our country, and this parable invites us to pay careful attention to how we respond to the needs of those who struggle for the basic necessities of life.

Let’s face it: there are way too many people living in desperate circumstances.  Some are within our own communities and countless millions suffer needlessly because they do not have adequate food, clothing, or shelter.  With so much need in the world we can sometimes become overwhelmed.  Where to start?  How can our little bit help when the need is so great?

And perhaps that’s the key – that we start with something within our reach.  Perhaps we have a connection close at hand that provides us with opportunities to make a difference (no matter how big or small) in the lives of others.

That leaves us with two simple questions to consider today:

  1. Where do we see obvious need in our world right now?
  2. Is there a practical and direct way that we can help?

As disciples of Jesus Christ we cannot close our eyes to the needs of the poor, and if we cannot solve all the world’s problems at least we can seek out ways to be part of a solution for someone.  Also, it’s always good to remember that whatever gift we give, God will take it and bless it in ways we cannot imagine.

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Note: This post was first published on September 19, 2016.


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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