Monthly Archives: February 2020

Daily Mass: The Lord is my shepherd. Catholic Inspiration

The 23rd Psalm holds a special place in the hearts of many, and for good reason; these words have brought comfort and guidance for thousands of years…and may they do so in ours today.

Mass Readings – Saturday of the 6th Week of the Year

***************

Catholic Inspiration Archives


Daily Mass: Take up your Cross. Catholic Inspiration

The Lord’s invitation to “Take up your cross” challenges us to see the struggles we face as a participation in the saving work of Christ. As we embrace our crosses may we also trust in God’s grace for the strength we need.

Mass Readings – Friday of the 6th Week of the Year

***************

Catholic Inspiration Archives


Daily Mass: Show no partiality. Catholic Inspiration

The Letter of James continues to poke at our conscience with timeless wisdom, this time about how material wealth can tempt us to treat others in a wide variety of ways. May we focus on the person and not the bling!

Mass Readings – Thursday of the 6th Week of the Year

***************

Catholic Inspiration Archives


Daily Mass: Practical advice from the Letter of James. Catholic Inspiration

The Letter of James offers some rich insight into speech, anger and action. May we take a moment to reflect on these areas of our lives as we discern how our faith can guide us.

Mass Readings – Wednesday of the 6th Week of the Year

***************

Catholic Inspiration Archives


Daily Mass: Facing our temptations. Catholic Inspiration

The Letter of James gives crucial insight into the nature of temptation. As we encounter our own temptations, may we never tire of calling upon God for the grace we need to face them.

Mass Readings – Tuesday of the 6th Week of the Year

***************

Catholic Inspiration Archives


7th Sunday of the Year: Putting love into practice

love

Study: Reflect on a moment when you felt completely and entirely loved.  How did that experience shape your life?

Pray: Is there a person in your life right now who is difficult to love?  Ask the Lord for an infusion of grace!

Serve: How can you say “I love you” with an action?  How can you show others the love in your heart?

Mass Readings – 7th Sunday of the Year

A couple of major themes surface in our readings this week:

  • 1st Reading – Be holy, and love your neighbor as yourself
  • Psalm – “The Lord is kind and merciful.”
  • 2nd Reading – You are the temple of God, which is holy
  • Gospel – Love your neighbor…and your enemy!

In the first reading and Psalm we see the Lord’s command to love one another.  This might catch some people by surprise; after all, the Old Testament is filled with examples where the people of God are anything but loving to those they encounter!  Point: love of neighbor is a clear commandment of God.

The Gospel of Matthew sets the bar higher as Jesus builds on this command and calls us to conversion.  We are not only called to love our neighbors and family, but we are also called to love our enemies and persecutors!  Like last week, Jesus takes the commandments of the Old Testament and moves far beyond them.  We are called to love with our whole heart…loving one another the way God loves us.

The second reading goes in a different direction.  We hear from St. Paul that our bodies are temples of the living God, and as such we encounter the Spirit of God in the person of everyone we meet.

A consideration for today: put the love of God into practice!  We are cherished, treasured, forgiven and esteemed by the Lord – who loves us even on our worst days.  Following this example we can act accordingly…loving those around us with the love of Jesus Christ.

***************

Catholic Inspiration Archives

***************

Note: This post was first published on February 13, 2017.


6th Sunday of the Year: The power of our choices. Catholic Inspiration

The Scriptures this weekend offer many aspects of the nature of our human choices. May our faith in Christ and solid common sense help us to choose wisely as we journey through this life!

Mass Readings – 6th Sunday of the Year

***************

Catholic Inspiration Archives