5th Sunday of the Year: Our response to God’s invitation. Catholic Inspiration

Both Isaiah and St. Peter initially express doubt and fear in the presence of God’s invitation.  Yet like them we are called to move beyond our self-imposed obstacles and accept the Lord’s prompting in our lives…even when it’s hard.

Mass Readings – 5th Sunday of the Year

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Daily Mass: Find the balance in work and rest. Catholic Inspiration

The Gospel today shows the disciples both at work and at rest with Jesus.  Finding balance in our lives can be challenging, yet when we take the long view we recognize that there are many different elements that enrich God’s gift of life.

Mass Readings – Saturday of the 4th Week of the Year

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Daily Mass: The death of John the Baptist

The death of John the Baptist reminds us of the cost of discipleship.  Yet as we look at the Cross of Christ, we find hope and strength to face the hardship of life with the conviction of the Lord’s saving death and resurrection.

Mass Readings – Friday of the 4th Week of the Year

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Daily Mass: We are empowered by God for service. Catholic Inspiration

Jesus summons the Twelve and empowers them to carry out his ministry.  The Lord continues to call disciples today, giving us the grace we need to do his work.

Mass Readings – Thursday of the 4th Week of the Year

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Daily Mass: How strong is your faith? Catholic Inspiration

Jesus comments on the lack of faith he witnesses in his native place.  This passage gives us a reason to pause and reflect on our faith, pondering how we might grow in our relationship with Christ.

Mass Readings – Wednesday of the 4th Week of the Year

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Daily Mass: Jesus heals us. Catholic Inspiration

The Lord heals two people in the Gospel of Mark, inviting us to acknowledge our wounds and turn to Christ with trusting faith.

Mass Readings – Tuesday of the 4th Week of the Year

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5th Sunday of the Year: Lord, send me!

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Study:  Recall a moment where you felt that God was prompting you to action.  What motivated you to act?  What held you back?

Pray:  What grace do you need to carry out your current tasks?  Storm heaven for the strength you require.

Serve:  How can you make an ordinary action extraordinary?  How can you do a little thing with great love?

Mass Readings – 5th Sunday of the Year

The readings incorporate the theme of being sent on mission:

  • 1st Reading – Isaiah responding to the Lord’s invitation
  • Psalm – Responding to the Lord’s call with songs of praise
  • 2nd Reading – Paul’s recap of the response of the apostles
  • Gospel – Jesus making “fishers of men” of the Peter & the apostles

In all these cases some common points surface:

  1. God takes the initiative and calls us
  2. We (however unworthy) are invited to respond
  3. God provides the grace and strength
  4. We are called to offer our lives in action

These are beautiful thoughts as we sit on the doorstep of Lent!  Friends, God continues to call us – providing grace – that we might respond and offer our lives for service in the world.  So let’s turn these points around from our perspective:

  1. How has the Lord called each one of us…today?
  2. What excuses or obstacles are keeping us from responding?
  3. What particular grace do we need from the Lord – ask for it!
  4. Remember: all action – great or small – that we offer will be blessed by God to make a difference in the world.

May our words follow the example of Isaiah in the first reading today:  Here am I, Lord…send me!

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Note: This post was first published on February 2, 2016.