Daily Mass: Focusing on the inside. Catholic Inspiration

It’s easy to sometimes focus on externals and miss the spiritual disciplines that are essential. May we take the time today to reflect on where we put effort in our lives as we follow Jesus Christ.

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

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29th Sunday of the Year: Don’t give up; keep going!

Study:  Reflect on the last time you encountered a difficult situation.  Where did you find the strength to continue?

Pray:  Are you or someone close to you going through tough times right now?  Ask God for renewed strength!

Serve:  Are there people you know who are struggling right now?  What can you do to support them?

Mass Readings – 29th Sunday of the Year

We often tell loved ones to “hang in there” when the going gets tough.  God provides us with strength for the journey, and we see examples of this in the readings this week:

  • 1st Reading – Aaron and Hur support Moses as he prays during a battle.
  • Psalm – “Our help is from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.”
  • 2nd Reading – Timothy is encouraged to “remain faithful to what you have learned and believed.”
  • Gospel – Jesus offers the parable of the persistent widow who confronts the dishonest judge.

Let’s face it: sometimes life is hard!  In these moments we discover strength within us that we never knew before, but we also come to recognize how we need help from the Lord and those around us.

And while no one likes difficulty, it is often through our persistence in the face of obstacles that we grow and mature.  Challenges can become opportunities in which we exercise our will to continue.  Like athletes who train with weights, the resistance we face helps us become strong.

As you ponder these readings and consider the challenges of life, give some thought to these points:

  1. Is there something hard in my life that I need to face?
  2. Are there people in my life who will support me in the midst of challenges?
  3. Are the people I am called to support in their challenges?
  4. Do I pray every day for myself and others to face difficulties with God’s grace?

In the midst of tough times God is present with grace, wisdom and strength.  May we call upon the Lord as we face our challenges today with persistence.

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Note: This post was first published on October 10, 2016.


28th Sunday of the Year: Gratitude, some of our best spiritual medicine. Catholic Inspiration

Two different foreigners offer their gratitude to God for the second chance that they received, reminding us that counting our blessings is one of the best spiritual medicines we possess to help us face the challenges of life.

Mass Readings – 28th Sunday of the Year

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Daily Mass: Hearing and observing the Word of God. Catholic Inspiration

Luke’s Gospel makes it clear that we are blessed when we respond to the message of the Good News, even though this blessing will challenge us to stretch and grow as we offer of our lives for the Lord.

Mass Readings – Saturday of the 27th Week of the Year

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Daily Mass: Remaining vigilant in the spiritual battle. Catholic Inspiration

The Lord reminds us to be vigilant in our daily temptation to sin, revealing that it is through our disciplined efforts that we engage our spiritual battle with the strength of Jesus.

Mass Readings – Friday of the 27th Week of the Year

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Daily Mass: Be persistent! Catholic Inspiration

The Lord’s teaching can inspire us to get going even when we are tired, distracted, worried or afraid. Be persistent! Remember, Jesus wouldn’t teach it unless he was there to walk with us every step of the way.

Mass Readings – Thursday of the 27th Week of the Year

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Daily Mass: Do we seek the darkness or the light in others? Catholic Inspiration

Jonah’s dark response to the repentance of the people of Nineveh reveals a trap that lurks in our hearts: the desire to see others suffer for their sins. Yes, there will be natural consequences, but the Lord came to bring us healing and hope; will we do the same?

Mass Readings – Wednesday of the 27th Week of the Year

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