Category Archives: Feasts & Solemnities

The Presentation of the Lord. Catholic Inspiration

Mary and Joseph faithfully carry out their duty as parents as they present their son in the Temple, and they encounter two people – Simeon and Anna – who foretell the mighty deeds that will be done through this tiny child.

Mass Readings – The Presentation of the Lord

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Daily Mass: Stir into flame the gift of God. Catholic Inspiration

The 2nd Letter to Timothy reminds us to “stir into flame the gift of God.”  We have been blessed with our knowledge of Jesus Christ; every day we have a new opportunity to let our faith shine in the world.

Mass Readings – Saints Timothy and Titus, Bishops

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The Baptism of the Lord: We are blessed and beloved by God. Catholic Inspiration

The baptism of Jesus reveals the power of the Holy Trinity.  As the Father calls Jesus his beloved Son, we recognize that through our baptism we are configured as sons and daughters of God, beloved children who are empowered to bring Christ’s light to the world.

Mass Readings – The Baptism of the Lord

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The Baptism of the Lord

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Study:  Find out about your baptism.  When was it?  Who performed it?  Who are your Godparents?  Who else was present?

Pray:  Thank the Lord for the gift of faith to know, love, and serve Jesus Christ.

Serve:  How can you live your baptismal call today?  How can your faith inspire or assist another?

Mass Readings – The Baptism of the Lord

A few years ago I was having lunch when I ran into Fr. Bob Koszarek, a retired priest from our diocese.  When I asked him what brought him out for lunch he said, “I am celebrating the anniversary of my baptism.”  The comment struck me, especially when he followed it up with, “Do you know the day of your baptism?”

The answer is no.  Yet as I prepare for Mass this week I have made a commitment to find out.  We claim (rightly so) that baptism is a crucial sacrament in the Church – the gateway to all other sacraments whereby we are configured to the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.  Most people know if they have been baptized; my sense is that very few know the actual date.

Our faith is a precious gift – worth fighting for, worth dying for.  Perhaps today we pause to recall just how precious it truly is…Jesus Christ poured out his blood on the Cross for us that we might have eternal life.  His baptism was the revelation of the Trinity, where we hear the Father’s voice from heaven as the Spirit descends upon the Son in the form of a dove.  Our baptism allows us to participate fully in God’s presence for the grace and guidance we need.

I invite us today to claim our baptism.  Some simple steps:

  • Thank the Lord for the gift of faith to know Jesus and live as a Christian disciple
  • Embrace your faith through study and prayer
  • Serve others in the name of Jesus Christ (and with his help and strength)
  • Allow your life to bring Good News to the World

Our baptism is not a one time event.  Rather, it is an ongoing expression of Christ working through us.  May the Baptism of the Lord inspire us to live our faith with joy as we engage our lives with his power.

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Bautismo de Cristo, Juan Fernandez Nararrete; circa 1567, The Prado, Madrid, Spain.

Note: This post was first published on January 4, 2016.


Epiphany: Light that leads to action. Catholic Inspiration

While we all know the Magi who greet the Christ child with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh, we can sometimes take for granted that the light they saw led them to action.  While knowledge is power, it is useless until it is applied; may the wise men inspire us to put the gift of our lives in service for the Lord.

Mass Readings – The Epiphany of the Lord

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The Epiphany of the Lord: The Light that blesses our Sight

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Study: Reflect on a time when you clearly experienced God’s presence in your life.  How were you guided?

Pray:  Is there a challenging task confronting you today?  Ask the Lord for the Light to find your way.

Serve:  How can you be a Light for others?  How can your life help others to see clearly?

The Epiphany of the Lord Readings

The Magi were guided by a star to Jerusalem.  They were led by its light, and along the way inquired among the people where they might find the king and were thus directed to Bethlehem.  I am struck by the two complementary components that were necessary for their journey:  Light & Sight.

  • Light: the star that blazed in the sky for all to see
  • Sight: the effort of the Magi to use the Light to find their way.

Without light, sight is impossible.  Without sight, the light is wasted.  Many people saw the light of the star, but the Magi acted on it – seeking through a long journey to find the King of Kings.

God’s light continues to shine in our world today.  Do we open our eyes and see with the gift of faith the wonders that the Lord sets before us?  Make no mistake: we believe that Christ is present in the Eucharist, the Scriptures, and our fellowship “where two or three are gathered” in his name.

We are invited to follow the example of the Magi and seek the Lord in our lives – using our senses and resources to respond to the blessings we have have received.  May we use our Sight to follow the Light!

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Note: This post was first published on December 29, 2015.


Mary, Mother of God. Catholic Inspiration

She is the Mother of God and the Mother of the Church.  May the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary strengthen our desire to offer our hearts in loving service to her Son, our Lord Jesus Christ.

Mass Readings – Mary, the Mother of God

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