Category Archives: Ordinary Time

Daily Mass: Steadfast vigilance in the Faith. Catholic Inspiration

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Jesus offers a parable to remind us to be steadfast and alert, ready to respond at any moment to God’s call in our lives.

Mass Readings – Tuesday of the 29th Week of the Year

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Daily Mass: Storing up treasure in Heaven. Catholic Inspiration

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Jesus teaches with a parable in the Gospel of Luke how we are called to build up fabulous treasures…in Heaven!

Mass Readings – Monday of the 29th Week of the Year

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30th Sunday of the Year: It’s all about Love.

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Study:  Reflect on some people who live their faith through their loving thoughts, words, and actions.

Pray:  Is there a person or situation in your life that calls for greater charity?  Ask the Lord for the wisdom and guidance to do it.

Serve:  Is there someone in your life right now who would benefit from your time, attention, and/or effort?  How can you help?

Mass Readings – 30th Sunday of the Year

What is the central and most important part of being a Christian? What should be the focus around which we build our lives?

The answer is explicit: LOVE.

Jesus takes the two commands, love of God and love of neighbor and links them as the heart of the Christian message – from which the teaching of the entire Scriptures finds its soul. Love is the sign of the Church, it is the proof of faith, and it is the reality which reveals to others the depth of our commitment as disciples of Jesus Christ.

But what do these commands mean for us? After all, the question for each of us is “How does the law of Love affect me? How do these commands shape my life?”
I look at this from three different angles:

* By how I THINK.
* By how I SPEAK.
* By how I ACT.

In other words, do my thoughts, words, and actions reveal the law of love in my life? When I look at myself in each of these areas do I measure up with the commands of Jesus?

Imagine that each of these parts of life could be made into a movie. I see myself watching “The Thoughts of Fr. Andrew,” followed by “The Words of Fr. Andrew,” and then “The Actions of Fr. Andrew.” Do I like what I see on the screen?

When we come to the end of our lives, I doubt if many of us will wish we had worked more, or earned more money, or bought more things. In the end I expect most of us will wish we had spent more time loving the people in our lives – through what we thought, said, and did.

This love, which comes from God, is intended for us to share while we are here on earth. Our faith tells us that one day the Lord will call us home. On that day may we find ourselves prepared; having loved one another in this life we will then step into eternal Love in the Kingdom of Heaven.

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Note: This blog was first published on October 20, 2014. 


29th Sunday of the Year: Mixing politics and religion. Catholic Inspiration

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As Jesus avoids a trick question, he reminds us that we are called to offer what’s due in the political world, even as we keep our eyes fixed on Heaven.

29th Sunday of the Year

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Daily Mass: We are living examples of faith in Christ. Catholic Inspiration

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The Letter to the Ephesians offers an inspirational view of the power of our Christian example.

Mass Readings – Saturday of the 28th Week of the Year

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Daily Mass: We are sealed with the gift of the Holy Spirit. Catholic Inspiration

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In the Letter to the Ephesians we who have been chosen by God and believe in Christ are sealed with the gift of the Holy Spirit. May we call upon the Spirit every day for strength and wisdom!

Mass Readings – Friday of the 28th Week of the Year

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Daily Mass: We are blessed, loved, chosen and redeemed. Catholic Inspiration

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The beginning of the Letter to the Ephesians reveals God’s goodness to us; may we be inspired by what we have received to live this grace in our daily lives!

Mass Readings – Thursday of the 28th Week of the Year

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Daily Mass: The Fruits of the Spirit. Catholic Inspiration

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St. Paul speaks of the Fruits of the Spirit, offering us an insight that can help guide our actions as we seek to follow Jesus Christ.

Mass Readings – Wednesday of the 28th Week of the Year

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Daily Mass: Need spiritual medicine? Give alms. Catholic Inspiration

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The Lord reminds us that almsgiving is a powerful discipline to cleanse our souls.

Mass Readings – Tuesday of the 28th Week of the Year

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Daily Mass: Who needs a sign when we have Jesus Christ? Catholic Inspiration

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Jesus makes it clear that no special signs will be given to the people, for they have something greater than any prophet or miracle. They have the Son of God!

Mass Reading – Monday of the 28th Week of the Year

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