1st Sunday of Advent: Preparing for the Lord…at home. Catholic Inspiration

There are many ways to get ready for Advent, but one place to begin is at home.  Consider entering into this holy season by examining where you live and determining if it is ready for Jesus Christ.

Mass Readings – 1st Sunday of Advent

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Daily Mass: Be Vigilant! Catholic Inspiration

The Lord calls us to be vigilant – against drowsiness, anxiety, and drunkenness – as we pray for the strength to face our challenges in this life.  For always remember: one day we will stand before the Son of Man.

Mass Readings – Saturday of the 34th Week of the Year

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Daily Mass: The Dominion of Jesus Christ. Catholic Inspiration

The prophet Daniel speaks of the Lord’s everlasting dominion, and Jesus affirms that his words are everlasting.  In the midst of the distractions and frantic pace of life, may we remember the permanence and strength we receive when we join our hearts to Christ.

Mass Readings – Friday of the 34th Week of the Year

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Daily Mass: Fishers of Men. Catholic Inspiration

The Lord calls Peter, Andrew, James and John by name to carry out a specific task: invite others to follow Jesus Christ.  This work continues today, and our invitation is to consider how the Lord calls us to invite others to follow as well.

Mass Readings – Thursday of the 34th Week of the Year (St. Andrew)

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Daily Mass: Persecution and Perseverance. Catholic Inspiration

The Lord speaks bluntly to the disciples, saying that many who follow him will suffer persecution.  Yet as we persevere in faith we are reminded that God will give us what we need to keep going.

Mass Readings – Wednesday of the 34th Week of the Year

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Daily Mass: When will it end? Catholic Inspiration

“When will it end?” This common question has been with humanity since the dawn of time.  When people ask Jesus, the Lord responds with two simple points of common sense:

  • Do not be deceived
  • Do not be afraid

Thus, we live each day as the precious gift it is, ready at a moment’s notice to step from this life to the next.

Mass Readings – Tuesday of the 34th Week of the Year

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1st Sunday of Advent: Are you ready?

Study: Consider an experience where you were able to be still, pause and reflect.  How can you make that pattern happen this Advent?

Pray: Carve out a few minutes this season for quiet prayer.  Reflect on your life and invite the Lord to dwell in your heart.

Serve: There are many opportunities this time of year to help others.  Look around for an activity that speaks to your soul.

Mass Readings – 1st Sunday of Advent

Advent is one of those seasons that has the power to surprise us.  Just like the relationship between Lent and Easter, Advent offers us a time to prepare our hearts for the great feast of Christmas.  In this short season we discover the themes of Preparation, Waiting, Expectation, Repentance, and Stillness.

The thing is…if we aren’t ready for Advent then the whirlwind rush of December can sweep us up into the frenzy of the commercial side of the holiday.  Many people are so busy – concerts, parties, family events, purchasing gifts and partaking of the “forced fun” of consumerism’s attempt at a Hallmark Christmas…

Whew!  Instead, we can take a deep breath, pray, and reflect on where the Lord is leading us at this moment in our lives.  Consider the readings this Sunday:

  • 1st Reading – Isaiah acknowledges that the people are far from God
  • Psalm – “Lord make us turn to you; show us your face and we shall be saved.”
  • 2nd Reading – St. Paul encourages the people of Corinth to be faithful to the end.
  • Gospel – The Lord exhorts us to be watchful and alert.

So in these short days of preparation here are a few questions to ponder:

  • Where I can find a little stillness and quiet in my life?
  • How is the Lord calling me to pray?
  • Is there anything or anyone that requires special attention?
  • Where is the Lord leading me right now?
  • What do I need to do as I prepare for Christmas?
  • How can I help someone in this quiet season of Advent?

You get the idea.  Step back, pause, and consider in the busy pace that many of us call normal how the Lord is directing your heart.  Advent has a beauty and power; our task is to enter into this season and allow God to speak to our souls.

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