Category Archives: Ordinary Time

15th Sunday of the Year: Caring for the garden of your heart. Catholic Inspiration

The Parable of the Sower teaches us the care, diligence and effort required for a seed to grow. The same is true for the garden of our hearts.

Mass Readings – 15th Sunday of the Year

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Daily Mass: Fear is useless; trust in Christ. Catholic Inspiration

While the experience of fear is part of human life, we know that it is often useless, depriving us of time, energy and focus. The answer? We turn to Jesus Christ for the strength and wisdom we need.

Mass Readings – Saturday of the 14th Week of the Year (St. Benedict)

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Daily Mass: Our task will not be easy, but God will give us strength! Catholic Inspiration

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The Lord speaks with great clarity that persecution and hardship will accompany us as disciples, even as we trust in the Lord for the grace and strength to overcome them.

Mass Readings – Friday of the 14th Week of the Year

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Daily Mass: Three qualities to apply as we serve the Lord. Catholic Inspiration

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As the Lord empowers the Apostles for their work, he gives them some insights into how they are to do it.

Mass Readings – Thursday of the 14th Week of the Year

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Daily Mass: Christ calls us by name to do His work today. Catholic Inspiration

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Jesus calls the Twelve by name and empowers them to do mighty deeds in His name. May we never forget that the Lord continues to call each of us!

Mass Readings – Wednesday of the 14th Week of the Year

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Daily Mass: We have the Lord’s work to do today. Catholic Inspiration

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The compassion of Jesus shines through the various aspects of His earthly ministry, inviting us to offer our lives today as we carry on the Lord’s work with loving hearts.

Mass Readings – Tuesday of the 14th Week of the Year

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Daily Mass: Jesus heals two people. Catholic Inspiration

Two beautiful examples showing how the Lord brings healing and hope to our lives.

Mass Readings – Monday of the 14th Week of the Year

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15th Sunday of the Year: What’s growing in your heart?

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Study:  What are some virtues that you would like to cultivate in your life?  What are some vices that need to be weeded out?

Pray:  Everyday provides a new opportunity for personal growth.  Ask the Lord for the strength and wisdom to grow in holiness.

Serve:  Name one little thing you can do for another; now make it happen.

Mass Readings – 15th Sunday of the Year

Since returning to the Cathedral as rector eleven years ago, one thing I miss is gardening.  Time is precious, and my current work does not readily lend itself to the effort it takes to keep a garden.  Yet all things being equal, there is no other place in the summer that I would rather be than rooting around in the dirt – picking weeds, pruning, staking, watering, hoeing, and “looking at” the plants.

Gardening is a metaphor that teaches us about ministry and life.  Spending time in the garden forces us to slow down and attend to a cycle that is not our own.  We pay closer attention to the wonder and beauty of nature, and we can be surprised and  amazed by what we see.

Plants truly are hopeful optimists in a world of pessimism.  Every year flowers and vegetables produce thousands of seeds, each seed capable of new and beautiful life.  Yet for all these seeds only a few survive.  Some are taken as produce, some by the weather, and some by the rabbits!

Nature knows that life is difficult.  There are so many obstacles and challenges in the world that it is essential to cast hundreds and thousands of seeds, just so that a few might be able to continue the cycle of life.  The power of nature is that even a few seeds can change the landscape, bringing nourishment and beauty to the earth.

Jesus knew this.  He spoke to hundreds and thousands of the hope and life that are possible in His Father’s Kingdom.  He cured countless people and preached tirelessly to any who would hear.  Like the garden plants, he cast LOTS of seed.

Yet many people did not act on his message.  Many mocked him, plotted against him, or simply walked away.  Some got excited for a time, but then they got bored, discouraged, or caught up in other interests.  Simply put, much of the seed cast by Jesus was lost or destroyed.

Yet in his parable to the crowds Jesus shows his tremendous hope.  It only takes a few seeds for an incredible harvest!  A 30x, 60x, or 100x harvest was amazing in the ancient world (and it is not too shabby today!).  For those who heed the word of God, they, too, will yield a crop that will defy worldly doubt.

As the Master Gardener, the Lord continues to work in our lives.  The invitation today is that our faith will take root and flourish in our hearts.  We are given the chance to garden our souls, fostering a faith that is worthy of the Lord’s harvest.

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Note: This post was first published on July 10, 2017.


14th Sunday of the Year: Removing the obstacles to God’s grace. Catholic Inspiration

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Christ’s invitation to come to Him in our weariness and labor reveals a compassion that has no limit or boundary. May we remove the obstacles that keep us from His grace!

Mass Readings – 14th Sunday of the Year

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Daily Mass: The Lord speaks of peace to His people. Catholic Inspiration

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On this 4th of July the Psalm response can stir our hearts to action: “The Lord speaks of peace to His people.” May the peace of Christ rule our lives as we unite together…in God’s peace.

Mass Readings – Saturday of the 13th Week of the Year

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