Category Archives: Ordinary Time

Daily Mass: Love your enemies. Catholic Inspiration

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Perhaps one of the most demanding teachings of Christ, the passage from Matthew’s Gospel challenges us to put this command of God to the toughest test, as we love the hardest group of all…our enemies.

Mass Readings – Tuesday of the 11th Week of the Year

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Daily Mass: Return evil with good. Catholic Inspiration

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Jesus continues his teaching in the Sermon on the Mount with a reminder that we are called to offer a response to evil that is worthy of heaven.

Mass Readings – Monday of the 11th Week of the Year

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Study, Pray, Serve: The 12th Sunday of the Year

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Here are some of the major themes that surface in the readings on this 12th Sunday of the Year.

1st Reading – Job 38:1,8-11

  • God speaks to Job in the midst of a storm, revealing that the Almighty is transcendent and above any human criteria of judgment.
  • This passage focuses on the act of creation (as contrasted with Job, who is a mortal creature.)

Psalm 107: 23-26,28-31

  • “Give thanks to the Lord, his love is everlasting.”
  • This part of the Psalm pertains to those who have been rescued from a storm at sea.

2nd Reading – 2nd Corinthians 5:14-17

  • Once we understand the love of Jesus on the Cross, we are moved to love one another.
  • Our sincere love for God is a selfless love; we no longer live for ourselves, but for the Lord.

Gospel – Mark 4:35-41

  • During a storm on the Sea of Galilee, the disciples are terrified and wake up Jesus.
  • The Lord stills the storm and exhorts them to grow in faith.

Mass Readings – 12th Sunday of the Year

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11th Sunday of the Year: God’s growth and life lessons. Catholic Inspiration

The Gospel parables remind us that growth happens over time, often when we least expect. Let us learn the lessons of the pandemic and call upon God’s grace that we may continue to grow to our full stature as sons and daughters of the Most High.

Mass Readings – 11th Sunday of the Year

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Daily Mass: Go and be reconciled. Catholic Inspiration

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One of the toughest commandments of Christ is the directive to forgive and reconcile. Yet this commandment is essential as we follow the Lord with full and open hearts.

Mass Readings – Thursday of the 10th Week of the Year

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Daily Mass: We fulfill the commandments of Christ. Catholic Inspiration

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Jesus Christ is the fulfillment of the Law and the Prophets, and as we carry out his commands we continue his saving mission in the context of our daily circumstances.

Mass Readings – Wednesday of the 10th Week of the Year

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Daily Mass: We are Salt and Light in the world. Catholic Inspiration

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Christ calls us to be Salt and Light in the world, sharing the blessings we have received with those around us.

Mass Readings – Tuesday of the 10th Week of the Year

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Note: 24 years ago today I was ordained a priest, and I thank God for the gift of this vocation every day!


Daily Mass: Blessed are you… Catholic Inspiration

For the next three weeks we will be reading from the Sermon on the Mount in chapters 5-7 of Matthew’s Gospel. Today we begin with the Beatitudes, and it begs a question: how do we recognize God’s blessings in our lives?

Mass Readings – Monday of the 10th Week of the Year

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Study, Pray, Serve: The 11th Sunday of the Year

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Let’s take a look at some of the major themes we find in the readings for the 11th Sunday of Ordinary Time.

1st Reading – Ezekiel 17:22-24

  • The prophet offers the cedar as a sign of God’s restoration for the people of Israel, which will be ultimately fulfilled in the Kingdom of God.
  • God’s power reigns supreme over all creation.

Psalm – 92:2-3,13-14,15-16

  • “Lord, it is good to give thanks to you.”
  • God is praised for mighty deeds that bring blessings to those who live holy lives.

2nd Reading – 2nd Corinthians 5:6-10

  • We remain courageous as we follow the Lord in faith.
  • In both life and death we belong to the Lord, from whom we will receive recompense for the good or evil we have done.

Gospel – Mark 4:26-34

  • This passage offers two parables about the kingdom of God that highlight the contrast between the humble beginnings of a seed and the final glory of a mature plant.
  • The simple start of a small seed reminds us that God’s power touches the little and the lowly, resulting in a final creation beyond our expectation.

Mass Readings – 11th Sunday of the Year

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Daily Mass: The revelation of Raphael. Catholic Inspiration

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The Book of Tobit, Part V – In the final installment, we see the revelation of the angel Raphael who urges Tobit and Tobiah to give unceasing praise to God.

Mass Readings – Saturday of the 9th Week of the Year

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