Monthly Archives: January 2020

Daily Mass: God sees the heart. Catholic Inspiration

In the exchange between God and Samuel, we hear an important insight: “Not as man sees does God see, because he sees the appearance, but God looks into the heart.” In light of this observation, may we focus on how we look on the inside!

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

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3rd Sunday of the Year: The Light and the Darkness

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Study: When in your life have you experienced moments of darkness?  Where did you find the light to guide your way?

Pray:  Are you struggling with the darkness today?  Pray that the Lord will shine radiant light into your life.

Serve: Do you know someone who seems “in the dark” right now?  How can you bring the light of Christ to others?

Mass Readings – 3rd Sunday of the Year

The readings offer several rich themes this week:

  • 1st Reading – The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light
  • Psalm – “The Lord is my light and my salvation.”
  • 2nd Reading – Agree in what you say, and let there be no divisions among you
  • Gospel – John the Baptist dies, and Jesus embarks on his public ministry

The 1st reading from the prophet Isaiah, the Psalm, and the Gospel of Matthew all reference light and darkness.  The imagery speaks to us on many levels:

  • Light is necessary for sight
  • Light brings comfort and consolation
  • Light is a sign of God’s grace and presence

And yet we know that darkness is also part of our existence.  In our modern world we often do all that we can to drive the darkness away, but if you have ever been out in the country (away from all the city lights) you begin to get a sense of what most people were acquainted with through human history.

Things hide in the dark.  Crime often occurs in the dark.  Fear, anxiety, worry and distress often increase in the darkness.  While the darkness is not bad in itself, we often associate it with many challenges and concerns that form the landscape of our our hearts.

Today we hear once again how God’s light casts out all darkness.  God’s grace offers us hope, peace, and strength to face the darkness of life with conviction and trust.  We know that life is not easy; we face our burdens confident that the Lord will light our way.

Where is the darkness in your life right now?  Face it with the light of Jesus Christ!  Let the Lord’s light shine in our hearts and lives, offering us the wisdom and direction we need to live our faith today.

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Note: This post was first published on January 16, 2017.


2nd Sunday of the Year: Here am I Lord, I come to do your will. Catholic Inspiration

Isaiah, Paul and John the Baptist all offered their lives in service for the Lord. As we follow their example, may the words of the Psalmist, “Here am I Lord, I come to do your will” echo in our hearts!

Mass Readings – 2nd Sunday of the Year

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Daily Mass: Jesus calls sinners (thank God!) Catholic Inspiration

The call of Levi offers us hope. As Jesus calls and reaches outs to sinners, we know that the Lord lovingly calls us – in spite of our sins – to follow him along the path of new life.

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

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Daily Mass: Faith, Forgiveness and Healing. Catholic Inspiration

Our pilgrimage group in Capernaum, listening to our guide, Johnny.

The healing of the paralytic in Capernaum reveals the connections between faith, forgiveness and healing. May our faith grow each day as we draw closer to the Lord and one another.

Mass Readings – Friday of the 1st Week of the Year (St. Anthony, Abbot)

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Daily Mass: Jesus meets us where we are. Catholic Inspiration

As Jesus heals the leper we comprehend an important truth: the Lord meets us where we are – in our brokenness and frailty – and helps us grow in newness of life. Simply put, we become more when we are touched by Christ.

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

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Daily Mass: An encounter with Jesus is a healing encounter. Catholic Inspiration

This church is built over the site of Peter’s house in Capernaum, mentioned in today’s gospel.

As Jesus heals a number of people in Capernaum, we see a fundamental aspect of his earthly ministry: the power to make us healthy and whole.

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

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Daily Mass: Christ’s power over evil. Catholic Inspiration

The synagogue in Capernaum, built upon the ruins of the one mentioned in today’s gospel.

The Lord casts out an evil spirit which recognizes Jesus in the synagogue in Capernaum, revealing his power and authority over Satan’s realm.

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

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2nd Sunday of the Year: Serving the Lord

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Study: Consider a time when you were invited to take on an opportunity.  What helped you accept it?  What caused you to resist?

Pray:  Ask the Lord to guide your life.  Surrender your heart to Jesus Christ and make him the Lord of your life.

Serve: Is there someone in need of your guidance?  Perhaps as a coach, mentor, teacher, or friend?  How can you help them?

Mass Readings – 2nd Sunday of the Year

Here’s a quick overview of the readings this week:

  • 1st – The prophet Isaiah describes a servant of the Lord
  • Psalm – “Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will.”
  • 2nd – Paul addresses the church of Corinth
  • Gospel – John the Baptist testifies to Jesus

In all of these readings we see the pattern emerge about serving the Lord.  Isaiah describes it; the Psalmist proclaims it; Paul refers to it; John the Baptist shows it.

Throughout salvation history God has  called men and women to offer their lives in a variety of different ways.  Perhaps in a holy way of life or through heroic sacrifice; or maybe through service, works of charity, or prayerful stillness.

It’s crucial to note, however, that the Lord continues to call disciples today.  Our lives – redeemed by the blood of Jesus Christ – are precious, holy, and sacred.  We have been given the gift to choose how we will live, and thus become a gift to the world.

Every day we reaffirm the gift of our lives.  Perhaps you are searching for the Lord’s call in your life today…take time to discern how you can offer your life.  Perhaps you have chosen your vocation…then live it with passion!  And while we can’t change the past, we can learn from it, and apply the insights into making the present moment a blessed offering to God.

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Note: This post was first published on January 9, 2017.


The Baptism of the Lord. Catholic Inspiration

The baptism of Jesus recalls the gift of our own baptism and how our lives are now configured to Christ. May we live this great gift as we put our faith into practice.

Mass Readings – The Baptism of the Lord

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