Monthly Archives: August 2021

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

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Luke’s Gospel recounts an exchange between Jesus and an unclean demon, revealing how evil recognizes and yields to the authority of Christ.

Mass Readings – Tuesday of the 22nd Week of the Year


Daily Mass: The consolation of our faith in Jesus Christ. Catholic Inspiration

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The first reading – commonly read at funerals – offers a profound sense of hope as it connects our lives to the great mystery of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Mass Readings – Monday of the 22nd Week of the Year


Study, Pray, Serve: 23rd Sunday of the Year

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Here are some of the major themes running through the readings for this 23rd Sunday of the Year.

1st Reading – Isaiah 35:4-7a

  • Be strong! Fear not! God comes with power and authority to save.
  • People will be healed and nature itself will be renewed.

Psalm – 146:7-10

  • “Praise the Lord, my soul!”
  • God heals the sick and raises up the lowly.

2nd Reading – James 2:1-5

  • Exhortation to show no partiality, especially based on wealth or power.
  • The example used speaks just as loudly today!

Gospel – Mark 7:31-37

  • People bring a deaf man with a speech impediment to Jesus.
  • The Lord heals the man, and those who witness the miracle proclaim it far and wide.

Mass Readings – 23rd Sunday of the Year


22nd Sunday of the Year: Working in the garden of our hearts. Catholic Inspiration

What’s growing in the spiritual garden of our hearts? The Letter of James urges us to welcome the Word of God that was planted in us and become doers, not just hearers.

Mass Readings – 22nd Sunday of the Year


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

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The Gospel parable of the three servants who have been given different amounts of “talents” (money) serves as a sobering reminder for us: how we use the gift of our lives here on earth has supernatural consequences in Heaven.

Mass Readings – Friday of the 21st Week of the Year


St. Augustine…pray for us!

Daily Mass: Stay awake and be ready for the Lord, Part II. Catholic Inspiration

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Building on the Gospel reading from yesterday we see how crucial it is for us to be prepared as we follow Jesus Christ through this life. It begs a question: what preparations do we need to make today?

Mass Readings – Friday of the 21st Week of the Year


St. Monica…pray for us!

Daily Mass: Stay awake and be ready for the Lord. Catholic Inspiration

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Jesus urges the disciples to stay awake and be prepared for the day of the Lord’s return.

Mass Readings – Thursday of the 21st Week of the Year


Daily Mass: God knows us…and loves us!

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The Psalm response today expresses the truth that we are known by God. This knowledge, rather than keeping us away because of our weaknesses and failures, invites us to return to the One who loves us…even when we sin.

Mass Readings – Wednesday of the 21st Week of the Year


St. Louis of France and St. Joseph Calasanz…pray for us!

Daily Mass: Making known God’s kingdom. Catholic Inspiration

Myself with an archived photo of Fr. Patrick McConnell and Fr. David Neuschwander.

The Psalm response on the Feast of St. Bartholomew invites us to make known God’s kingdom. May words and actions point others to Jesus Christ with our eyes fixed on Heaven.

Mass Readings – Feast of St. Bartholomew, Apostle


St. Bartholomew…pray for us!

Daily Mass: Giving thanks to God for the people in our lives. Catholic Inspiration

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The first reading offers a beautiful reflection on Paul’s gratitude for the people in the Church of the Thessalonians. It’s a good reminder for us as we thank the Lord for the relationships in our lives.

Mass Readings – Monday of the 21st Week of the Year


St. Rose of Lima…pray for us!

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