12th Sunday of the Year: God’s grace in the darkness of evil.

Study: Consider a time when you had to confront evil.  How did your faith in Christ give you strength?

Pray: Is there a difficult situation in your life right now?  Ask the Lord for wisdom and guidance.

Serve:  Do you know someone who is struggling right now?  How can you offer support?

Mass Readings – 12th Sunday of the Year

The readings this Sunday all come with an edge to them, signifying that there’s a lot at stake in a life of faith.  Take a look:

  • 1st Reading – Jeremiah praises the Lord even as he recognizes the evil of others.
  • Psalm – “Lord, in your great love answer me.”
  • 2nd Reading – Sin and death came through Adam; grace and peace come through Jesus Christ.
  • Gospel – The Lord will acknowledge those who acknowledge Him, and he will deny those who deny him.

These readings address the reality of sin and evil in our world.  We know this reality through our experience, and whether through our own actions or the actions of others we recognize that the human heart has the capacity for sin.

Yet we also recognize that God’s grace is greater than the darkness.  This is why Christ came into the world!  Through the Lord’s cross and resurrection we have hope to call upon Heaven for the strength, courage and wisdom we need to face the challenges of life.

Have we sinned?  Then we seek reconciliation and forgiveness.  Have we been wounded by wickedness and evil?  Then we call upon the Lord’s grace.

The triumph of Jesus Christ inspires us to follow the example of Jeremiah and Paul – acknowledging the Lord in this world so that we can be with Him in the next!

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The Body and Blood of Jesus Christ. Catholic Inspiration

Mass Readings – The Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ

This homily takes a practical look at answering three questions:

  1. What is the Eucharist?
  2. What happens at every Mass?
  3. What are some ways to get the most out of Mass?

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Daily Mass: The love of Christ impels us. Catholic Inspiration

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

St. Paul reminds us that we live for the Lord, offering our lives as His ambassadors and sharing the love that we have received through a life of grace.

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Daily Mass: A treasure in earthen vessels

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

Our human lives are filled with contrasts: on one hand we are fragile “earthen vessels” that can crack and break; on the other hand, we have been given the treasure of Jesus Christ – who heals, saves and renews our lives.

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Daily Mass: Be reconciled with one another. Catholic Inspiration

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

The Lord invites us to a higher standard as we reconcile our hearts with one another.  May we examine our lives today and remove any obstacle that keeps our relationships from growing in God’s grace.

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Daily Mass: The Lord Jesus fulfills the Law. Catholic Inspiration

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

Jesus tells the disciples that he has come to fulfill the Law and the Prophets.  The Good News is that God is with us!  Christ’s saving death and resurrection, followed by the gift of the Holy Spirit, means that we are not alone.  May we turn to the Lord every day for the grace and strength we need.

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Head of Christ, Richard Hook.


Daily Mass: You are Salt and Light. Catholic Inspiration

Mass Readings – Tuesday of the 10th Week of the Year (St. Anthony of Padua)

The Lord describes us as Salt and Light, two things that while good in themselves are also precious when shared with others.  With salt our food is tasty and preserved; with light we can see and find our way on the journey of life.  May we share our lives with one another, giving glory to God for blessings we have received.

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