Daily Mass: Jesus Christ is the foundation of our lives. Catholic Inspiration

Jesus uses a parable in the Gospel of Matthew to show us the strength we have when we build our lives on the Lord.

Mass Readings – Thursday of the 1st Week of Advent

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Daily Mass: The miracles of Christ. Catholic Inspiration.

The Gospel of Matthew highlights several different types of healing miracles, all within the context of a miracle of multiplying bread and fish to feed hungry bodies. The Lord continues to touch our lives today; may we have the courage to draw near and encounter Jesus Christ!

Mass Readings – Wednesday of the 1st Week of Advent

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Daily Mass: The Spirit of the Lord. Catholic Inspiration

The prophet Isaiah testifies to the one who will come, filled with the Spirit of the Lord. As we hear the words of this first reading, may we call upon God’s Spirit to dwell in us as we follow the Lord today.

Mass Readings – Tuesday of the 1st Week of Advent

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2nd Sunday of Advent: Repent and Forgive.

Study:  Is there anything keeping you from God or another person right now?  What steps do you need to take to make it right?

Pray:  Call upon the Lord for the strength to repent and seek forgiveness.  Remember – the harder it is the more powerful the healing!

Serve:  Is there some way you can be an agent of forgiveness?  How can you bring people closer to God and one another?

Mass Readings – 2nd Sunday of Advent 

John the Baptist comes on the scene blazing like a torch as he exhorts the people to repent of their sins.  He minces no words with the Pharisees and Sadduccees; rather, he makes it clear that the path to God leads through the good fruit of our actions.

John is blunt and direct.  There is no spin in his message, no soft touch.  He comes to us as a verbal bulldozer, seeking to carve out a direct route that leads to the Lord.  I can only imagine what it was like to be in his presence, eager to hear his words yet feeling the sting of his speech.  After all, repentance is a great thing to talk about…but often painful to put into practice.

And yet nothing brings about healing faster than forgiveness.  When relationships are wounded and we find ourselves in a broken and fragile place, repentance clears the ground and allows us to rebuild our lives in an honest and direct fashion.

Repentance has some key components:

  • Knowing good from bad
  • Taking ownership for when our actions have been bad
  • Seeking to turn away from the bad and strive to embrace the good
  • Claiming the mercy and grace of God to renew our lives
  • Asking for forgiveness and putting it into practice

As we prepare in this Advent season for the birth of the Messiah, we have the opportunity to examine our hearts and consider what is not worthy of the Lord.  Using a good examination of conscience or just the common sense in our souls we have the chance today to repent of our sins, seek forgiveness from God and one another, and live each day in the light and power of Christ.

John tells us that while he baptizes for repentance, the Lord will baptize us in Spirit and fire – allowing us to draw into the very heart of God’s love.  Only through repentance will we be able to encounter the burning intensity of divine charity; for when we stand before the Lord whatever is not fitting will burn away.  May we cast out whatever is not worthy, and prepare to welcome His holy fire with open hearts.

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Note: This post was first published on November 28, 2016.


1st Sunday of Advent: Joyful Preparations. Catholic Inspiration

We begin the season of Advent with a message that is both joyful and sobering, hopeful and disciplined: The Lord, the just judge is coming into the world…so be prepared, awake and ready!

Mass Readings – 1st Sunday of Advent

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The Feast of St. Andrew the Apostle. Catholic Inspiration

On this feast of St. Andrew, we hear in the Gospel how Jesus calls him and from the Letter to the Romans how God continues to call others to proclaim the Good News in the world. God keeps calling today; are we ready to respond?

Mass Readings – Feast of St. Andrew, Apostle

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Daily Mass: The Lord Jesus is triumphant over sin and death. Catholic Inspiration

The Book of Daniel offers a vision of the awesome power of Christ. As Jesus prompts his disciples to be vigilant, we too, are invited to actively look for ways that we can respond to the Lord’s call as allow God’s grace to flow through our hearts.

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

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