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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Corpus Christi: Holy Communion is the Real Presence of Jesus Christ. Catholic Inspiration

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At every Mass the bread and wine become the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ, what we call the Real Presence. In his teaching to the disciples, the Lord defines and commands us to receive him in Holy Communion. In light of the past year with the pandemic, we have discovered just how crucial it is for us to carry out this command of Christ.

Mass Readings – The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ

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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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Daily Mass: A joyous moment for Tobit. Catholic Inspiration

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The Book of Tobit, Part IV – Tobit is healed and reunited with his son and daughter-in-law.

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

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Daily Mass: The prayer of Tobiah and Sarah. Catholic Inspiration

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The Book of Tobit, Part III – On their wedding night, Tobiah and Sarah offer a prayer to God, asking for protection and help.

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

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Daily Mass: The prayers of Tobit and Sarah. Catholic Inspiration

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The Book of Tobit, Part II – In their anguish Tobit and Sarah pray to God, who hears their petitions and sends Raphael to their assistance.

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

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Daily Mass: Tobit’s suffering. Catholic Inspiration

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Part I – We meet Tobit and his wife, Anna, and learn how prolonged suffering can wear us down with fatigue.

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

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The Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Catholic Inspiration

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Mary’s “Magnificat” follows from her visit to Elizabeth and greeting between two babies from the womb. For all of you who have a special devotion to the Rosary, happy feast day!

Mass Readings – Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

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