Monthly Archives: January 2021

4th Sunday of the Year: Be free of anxiety. Catholic Inspiration

St. Paul speaks to the people of Corinth, desiring that they be free from anxiety. As we continue to face the challenges of COVID-19 may we discern what is in our control to change and pray for the Lord’s grace to face what comes our way.

Mass Readings – 4th Sunday of the Year

Daily Mass: We reach out to God in faith. Catholic Inspiration

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The Letter to the Hebrews and the Gospel of Mark offer us examples of faith in God. Our task? We place our hope in Christ and trust that the Lord will journey with us through the challenges of life.

Mass Readings – Saturday of the 3rd Week of the Year

Daily Mass: The Kingdom of God starts small with steady growth. Catholic Inspiration

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Jesus offers two parables which show how the Kingdom of God expands through steady growth from a tiny beginning. May this process encourage us to foster our faith – no matter how small – as we invite the Lord to dwell in our hearts.

Mass Readings – Friday of the 3rd Week of the Year

Daily Mass: The measure we measure will be measured out to us. Catholic Inspiration

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Jesus teaches us about a spiritual principle that shows how God’s grace grows in our hearts. May we take stock of what we are feeding our souls, mindful that whatever we encourage (good or bad) will grow.

Mass Readings – Thursday of the 3rd Week of the Year

Daily Mass: What’s growing in our hearts? Catholic Inspiration

The parable of the sower reminds us how precious is the gift of faith. May we call upon the Lord for the grace we need to cultivate our hearts for the Kingdom of God.

Mass Readings – Wednesday of the 3rd Week of the Year

Daily Mass: Proclaim God’s marvelous deeds to all the nations. Catholic Inspiration

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Two of St. Paul’s companions, Timothy and Titus, are remembered today for their witness to Christ as they carried out the Psalm response to “proclaim God’s marvelous deeds to all the nations.” May we follow their example today!

Mass Readings – Memorial of Saints Timothy and Titus

Daily Mass: The Conversion of St. Paul. Catholic Inspiration

The conversion of St. Paul inspires us to offer our lives – no matter what mistakes we have made in the past – as we dedicate our words and actions to the proclamation of the Good News.

Mass Readings – The Conversion of St. Paul, Apostle

4th Sunday of the Year: The use of power and authority.

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Study:  Consider a time in life when you used power and authority well.  What helped and guided you?

Pray:  Ask the Lord for the wisdom and courage to live your life in accordance with God’s commands.

Serve:  How can you make a difference with your life today?  What is in your reach to do that makes an immediate difference?

Mass Readings – 4th Sunday of the Year

In great and small ways, we all exercise power and authority.  Some people make daily decisions that shape the lives of nations; others rule kingdoms no bigger than the back garden.  Yet regardless of size and shape, the fact remains that power and authority are part of human life.

Having these two dynamic attributes, however, are no guarantee that they will be used wisely and well.  History is filled with both good and bad examples where power and authority have been used – for great good and great harm.

Like all gifts, power and authority find their origin in the Lord.  God is the source of all life, and every blessing, every ability, derives its strength from the throne of Heaven.  Both the first reading and the Gospel today acknowledge this truth: Moses proclaims that God will raise up a future prophet for the people; Jesus teaches with authority and casts out demons.  As Christ fulfills the promise of Moses, the Lord extends his power to conquer sin and death that we might have hope in this world as we look to the world to come.

In light of these readings two thoughts emerge for consideration:

  • Do I acknowledge God’s power and authority in my life?
  • Do I use the power and authority I have for God’s glory?

Think about it.  We often know what we should do…the question is, do we do it?!  The Lord’s commands (forgiveness, prayer, service to the poor, justice, etc.) are not nice things to think about in our spare time.  They are dictates from on high that are meant to enliven us and fill us with grace, peace, and joy.  The problem of course is that our own ego can get in the way and redirect our energy away from God.  In these moments, we search our conscience (Remember the Examination of Conscience last week?) and return to the Lord.

And while we are examining our hearts, we have the opportunity to put into practice the power and authority we have in a 1001 ways.  Consider:

  • Family, Friends, Acquaintances, Colleagues, Classmates
  • Strangers, Enemies, Chance Visitors
  • The Environment, The Legal System, Local Government
  • Any place where our lives touch another…

Since all power comes from God and flows through us, it might be helpful to recall that one day we are going to stand before Jesus Christ.  With loving eyes he will look into our souls and ask what we did with the gift of life we were given.  It’s not the mistakes we made that will be hardest to bear, but the opportunities we missed to good with what we had.  Perhaps today we might reflect on the Lord’s commands for our lives, and reconsider how we might put them into practice with the power we possess.



Note: This post was first published on January 25, 2015.

3rd Sunday of the Year: The daily practice of repentance. Catholic Inspiration

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Christ commands us to “Repent, and believe in the Gospel.” This exhortation is not a one-time event; rather, it is an ongoing process that we reaffirm every day.

Mass Readings – 3rd Sunday of the Year

Daily Mass: We are cleansed by the Blood of Christ. Catholic Inspiration

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The Book of Hebrews proclaims the power of the precious Blood of Christ, poured out for the salvation of our souls and the cleansing of the world.

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

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