Category Archives: Lent

23rd Sunday of the Year: In Christ there is healing and hospitality

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Study:  Recall a moment when you experienced profound healing.  Then consider a time when someone was genuinely hospitable to you.

Pray:  Ask the Lord to see others with the eyes of Jesus.

Serve:  How can you bring healing to another today?  How can you reach out and welcome someone?

Mass Readings – 23rd Sunday of the Year

Two big themes bubble up in the Scriptures this week:

  • Healing: Isaiah proclaims and Jesus performs
  • Hospitality: James urges that we show no partiality

Both of these themes are part of the fabric of human life.  We all know firsthand experiences of illness, disease, and discomfort.  We know the relief that comes from health, especially after a long period of suffering.  Jesus spent a substantial portion of his ministry healing others; indeed, every encounter with the Lord brought about some type of transformative renewal.

Hospitality touches another part of our existence.  It is so easy to prejudge one another!  Looks, clothing, money, power, success….we can quickly get caught up in externals and fail to recognize the shining soul that dwells in the heart.  James (as usual) minces no words here – he speaks bluntly, calling us to treat one another as sons & daughters of God.

Where do you see healing in your life?  Where do you see hospitality?  Perhaps today we can be agents of both, helping others in moments of weakness and need, and reaching out to all with the love of Christ.

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Catholic Inspiration Archives

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Note: This post was first published on September 1, 2015


School Mass: The Passover, Judas, and the Lamb of God. Catholic Inspiration

Speaking at Mass to the kids at Cathedral School, Fr. Andrew speaks about the Passover, Judas and the blood of Jesus…the Lamb of God.

Mass Readings – Wednesday of Holy Week

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Archive of Fr. Andrew’s Podcasts


Daily Mass: A tale of two betrayals. Catholic Inspiration

In the heart of the Last Supper we see two clear examples of human weakness.  Both Judas and Peter will betray Jesus, and their examples offer us two different responses to sin.  Which option will we choose?

Mass Readings – Tuesday of Holy Week

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Archive of Fr. Andrew’s Podcasts


Palm Sunday: Christ dies that we may live. Catholic Inspiration

We read the Passion of Jesus Christ so that we remember each year the Lord’s sacrifice for our eternal salvation.  May the Precious Blood of the Savior wash us clean and renew our hearts for this life…and the life to come.

Mass Readings – Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion

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Archive of Fr. Andrew’s Podcasts


Daily Mass: One man should die instead of the people. Catholic Inspiration

Caiaphas the high priest prophesied when he said that “it is better for you that one man should die for the people.”  The death of Christ on the Cross takes our place for the sins that we commit which warrant death.  May we accept his saving sacrifice and offer our hearts to the Lord.

Mass Readings – Saturday of the 5th Week of Lent

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Archive of Fr. Andrew’s Podcasts


Daily Mass: The good works of Jesus. Catholic Inspiration

Jesus points to the good works of His Heavenly Father as an indication of His identity as the Son of God.  What’s more, we know of His greatest work: His death on the Cross that frees us from sin and opens the door to eternal life.

Mass Readings – Friday of the 5th Week of Lent

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Archive of Fr. Andrew’s Podcasts


Daily Mass: He is Christ the Lord. Catholic Inspiration

As Jesus claims his divinity in the Gospel of John we are challenged to consider how our lives conform to Christ.  He is our Lord and His example guides and directs our lives in all things.

Mass Readings – Thursday of the 5th Week of Lent

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Archive of Fr. Andrew’s Podcasts