Monthly Archives: November 2019

Daily Mass: The compassion of Jesus. Catholic Inspiration

As Jesus weeps over Jerusalem we see his compassion for all of creation. May his compassion – even in our moments of sin – inspire us to live our lives guided by his love.

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

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Daily Mass: God’s gifts are meant to be used. Catholic Inspiration

The Lord’s parable of the three servants challenges us all to acknowledge the gifts we have been given AND use them to the best of our ability.

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

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Daily Mass: The Lord upholds us! Catholic Inspiration

We all face days that overwhelm us. Sometimes we can feel like there is nothing left, and we have nothing else to give. It is at precisely these moments that we realize that it is the Lord who sustains us, upholds us, and guides us!

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

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Our Lord Jesus Christ, the King of the Universe

Study: Consider a crucial time when you asked and received help.  How did it feel?

Pray: Is there anything that is keeping you from receiving God’s grace?  Ask the Lord for the courage to ask!

Serve: Do you know someone who is struggling to receive mercy or forgiveness?  How can you help them grow in faith?

Mass Readings – The Solemnity of Christ the King of the Universe

The Gospel image is both brutal and tender, revealing God’s saving grace and mercy in the midst of the Passion of the Cross.  The good thief (who tradition names Dismas) calls upon the Lord saying, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.”

How these words speak to my heart!  In a single phrase the King of Kings and Lord of Lords becomes approachable as Christ bridges Heaven and Earth, crushes Hell and invites us to enter into eternal life: “Today you will be with me in paradise!”

The good thief shows both humility and boldness.  He knows his sins, and yet he speaks to the Lord with a gentle conviction, asking for a grace that he cannot achieve on his own.  His trust inspires us as we acknowledge our own sins and draw near to the one whose death and resurrection saves and sets us free.

May these words strengthen our faith as we call upon the Lord.  May they help us to seek Christ before all else as we repent and call upon God’s grace.  May we truly say:

Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom!

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Note: This post was first published on November 14, 2016.


33rd Sunday of the Year: Persevere in faith to face our fears. Catholic Inspiration

What are we afraid of? As we embrace our faith in Jesus Christ we have the power to confront our fears and engage our life for service in the world. Fear points out our weak spots so that we can call upon the Lord for the grace we need to live for God.

Mass Readings – 33rd Sunday of the Year

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Daily Mass: Remember the blessings. Catholic Inspiration

The Psalm Response serves as a wake up call: “Remember the marvels the Lord has done!” Take a moment right now and do a quick inventory of the blessings in your life. Do it…then say a prayer of gratitude!

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

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Daily Mass: Live each day like it’s the only day. Catholic Inspiration

The Lord speaks in the Gospel of Luke about the suddenness of God’s action in human affairs. The invitation is simple: be ready! Since we do not know when the Lord will call us from this life, we live each day as if it were the only one…thus living every day as a precious treasure from God.

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

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