Daily Mass: When anxious or worried, we focus on Christ. Catholic Inspiration

We all know the story of Mary and Martha, but sometimes we forget that the Lord gently chides Martha because she is “anxious and worried about many things.”  When we fall into useless worry, our best prescription is to focus on Christ for the strength and wisdom we need.

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

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28th Sunday of the Year: Follow Jesus with all your heart

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Study:  Reflect on a moment when you put your entire heart into a project.  What did you experience?

Pray:  Ask God for grace to remove obstacles that are you keeping you from the Lord and others.

Serve:  How can you help others follow Jesus Christ?  How can your life strengthen them to focus on the Lord?

Mass Readings – 28th Sunday of the Year

I have a deep respect for people who show their dedication and conviction to a task.  When I see others put their heart and soul into something:

  • a job or task
  • a sport or hobby
  • music, art, cooking, language
  • relationships, especially with family or friends

I see a passion and joy emerge.  They work hard, often long and grueling hours, yet they love it and they glow with an inner light.  Their dedication gives them meaning, purpose, and a zest for life.

This sense of dedication comes into focus in the Gospel reading today.  The encounter with Jesus and the rich young man reveals both an enthusiasm and a hesitancy to follow God.  The man wants to do what is right, he wants to be holy, but he is not yet ready to offer his entire life.

Where do we see ourselves in the Gospel today?  What might be keeping us back from dedicating our lives to the Lord?  Some obvious obstacles:

  • fear, worry, doubt, anxiety
  • the needs of our family – to put food on the table and keep a roof over our heads
  • distractions and temptations from the world
  • the speed of life is keeping us too busy, and thus we lose our focus and sense of balance

But what happens if we pause, reflect, and dedicate our lives to Jesus Christ?  What happens the minute we reorganize our lives around the Lord, allowing his grace to flow through all our thoughts, words, and actions?  Simply put, we become fully alive – we find in Christ both our strength and peace.  Our lives take on a whole new level of meaning and purpose as we engage one another with renewed sense of faith, hope, and love.

The invitation today is simple:  Put Jesus Christ first in your life.  Let him be your Lord.  Allow him to touch every aspect of your life, and watch as his light shines through your heart!

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Note: this post was first published on October 6, 2015.


Monday Conversation: Angels & Demons. Catholic Inspiration

Fr. Andrew offered this one hour presentation on Angels and Demons at the Cathedral of Christ the King on October 4, 2018.

For a copy of the handout, click here: Angels & Demons

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27th Sunday of the Year: Responding to the pain of divorce. Catholic Inspiration

The Lord’s answer to the question of divorce reminds us that this issue has been with humanity from the dawn of time.  Our response through healing, community and engagement helps those who struggle with divorce to find new strength and direction.

Mass Readings – 27th Sunday of the Year

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Daily Mass: God’s power works through us. Catholic Inspiration

The disciples return to Jesus with joy as they acknowledge his power at work in their ministry.  This power continues today whenever we open our hearts to the grace of Jesus Christ.

Mass Readings – Saturday of the 26th Week of the Year

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Daily Mass: What are we listening to? Catholic Inspiration

Not everyone listened to the words of Jesus, and like the cities of Chorazin, Bethsaida and Capernaum we have the opportunity to take the message of Christ to heart…or experience the natural consequences that result.

Mass Readings – Friday of the 26th Week of the Year

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Daily Mass: We need each other. Catholic Inspiration

The Lord sent out disciples in pairs, recognizing that we work best when we work together.  Sometimes we give support, and sometimes we receive it, but through it all we grow in strength and wisdom when we unite our lives to Jesus Christ.

Mass Readings – Thursday of the 26th Week of the Year (St. Francis of Assisi)

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