Monthly Archives: November 2020

1st Sunday of Advent: Getting ready

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Study: Consider an experience where you were able to be still, pause and reflect.  How can you make that pattern happen this Advent?

Pray: Carve out a few minutes this season for quiet prayer.  Reflect on your life and invite the Lord to dwell in your heart.

Serve: There are many opportunities this time of year to help others.  Look around for an activity that speaks to your soul.

Mass Readings – 1st Sunday of Advent

Advent is one of those seasons that has the power to surprise us.  Just like the relationship between Lent and Easter, Advent offers us a time to prepare our hearts for the great feast of Christmas.  In this short season we discover the themes of Preparation, Waiting, Expectation, Repentance, and Stillness.

The thing is…if we aren’t ready for Advent then the whirlwind rush of December can sweep us up into the frenzy of the commercial side of the holiday.  Many people are so busy – concerts, parties, family events, purchasing gifts and partaking of the “forced fun” of consumerism’s attempt at a Hallmark Christmas…

Whew!  Instead, we can take a deep breath, pray, and reflect on where the Lord is leading us at this moment in our lives.  Consider the readings this Sunday:

  • 1st Reading – Isaiah acknowledges that the people are far from God
  • Psalm – “Lord make us turn to you; show us your face and we shall be saved.”
  • 2nd Reading – St. Paul encourages the people of Corinth to be faithful to the end.
  • Gospel – The Lord exhorts us to be watchful and alert.

So in these short days of preparation here are a few questions to ponder:

  • Where I can find a little stillness and quiet in my life?
  • How is the Lord calling me to pray?
  • Is there anything or anyone that requires special attention?
  • Where is the Lord leading me right now?
  • What do I need to do as I prepare for Christmas?
  • How can I help someone in this quiet season of Advent?

You get the idea.  Step back, pause, and consider in the busy pace that many of us call normal how the Lord is directing your heart.  Advent has a beauty and power; our task is to enter into this season and allow God to speak to our souls.


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Note: This post was first published on November 27, 2017.

The Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, the King of the Universe. Catholic Inspiration

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On this feast of our Lord Jesus Christ, the King of the Universe, we follow Him as our shepherd in this life…so that we will be ready to be judged by Him in the next.

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Daily Mass: Blessed be the Lord, my rock! Catholic Inspiration

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The Psalm response reminds us that our strength and conviction comes from the Lord, and upon this mighty rock we anchor our hope.

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


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Daily Mass: Let us build a house of prayer in our hearts. Catholic Inspiration

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The Lord’s presence in the Temple becomes a metaphor for our hearts. May we build up a worthy dwelling for Christ within our souls!

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Daily Mass: The sadness that comes from our sins. Catholic Inspiration

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As Jesus looks upon the city of Jerusalem, he weeps for the destruction that will come. May the Lord’s sorrow for our sins move us to repent of the evil in our hearts.

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


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Daily Mass: What are we doing with our lives? Catholic Inspiration

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The Gospel parable today raises the challenging question, “What are we doing with our lives?” We have been given so much, how do our lives proclaim the great chorus of Heaven – Holy, holy, holy Lord God of hosts!

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Daily Mass: Christ meets us where we are, and leads us! Catholic Inspiration

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The interaction between Jesus and Zacchaeus is a blend of both humor and seriousness. A short rich man climbing trees to see Jesus? A thoughtful, committed man who has a change of heart? The point is that in the total mix of human life, Jesus meets us where we are…and leads us!

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Daily Mass: Christ helps us to see clearly. Catholic Inspiration

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For most people, sight is a crucial sense which we rely on consistently to understand and respond to the world around us. May we call upon the Lord for the sight we need to see the path from this life to the next.

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The Feast of Christ the King

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Study: Recall a time when you recognized God as the center of your life; a time when you hung on to faith – perhaps because other things were struggling.

Pray: Call upon the Lord to rule and guide your heart.

Serve:  What is the King’s command for you today?  How is the Lord directing you to help and serve another?

Mass Readings – Our Lord Jesus Christ, the King of the Universe

This weekend brings the Church liturgical year to a close.  Next week begins Advent, and we will start a new liturgical year with the cycle of “B” readings in the Lectionary for Mass.

Why do we end the year with the notion of Christ the King?  Why do we place this feast here?  What’s the point?

The feast has several levels of meaning.  By calling Christ our King we are making a statement that Jesus is the Lord of our lives.  It means that we place Christ first, and that we serve the Lord Jesus with the allegiance of our hearts, minds, and bodies.  We belong to Christ, who rules us.

In addition, to claim Christ as our King means that we are members of his kingdom.  Through our baptism we are called to the community of faith, the Church, and we possess an inheritance that is ultimately not of this world.  We are citizens who have a responsibility to work together – for this world and the world to come.

Furthermore, the King will come at the end of time to call His faithful people home to heaven.  We believe that the world will end on a future, unknown day (and once again, let me stress it is an UNKNOWN date…).  This feast reminds us that in the end we belong to one home or the other, one Lord or another.

Finally, to say that Christ is our King reminds us that all our power, strength, hope, and direction come from Him.  The skills and talents we possess are from the King (who made us).  The forgiveness we cherish is from the King (who died for us).  The life of the Holy Spirit which sustains us was sent by the King (who asked the Father on our behalf).

Therefore, to claim Christ as our King is to make a statement about who we are.  As followers of this King we offer our lives in service to the one who is our Lord.  We make this King our first priority in all things, and we look upon Jesus Christ as both the beginning and end of our existence.

This is a good time for us to search and prepare our hearts.  As this Church year comes to an end we begin to make ourselves ready for the Lord who comes to us, that he might find us alert and watchful for his arrival.  May we renew our allegiance to Christ our King so that he will rule us with mercy, grace, and love.


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Note: This post was first published on November 20, 2017.

33rd Sunday of the Year: How we use the gifts we’ve been given. Catholic Inspiration

My Mom and I on an amazing pilgrimage to Italy back in 2016.

Jesus offers a parable to his disciples that challenges us to consider how we are using the unique gifts and talents that we have been given for the glory and praise of God.

Mass Readings – 33rd Sunday of the Year


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