Daily Mass: Take courage! Catholic Inspiration

Mass Readings – Tuesday of the 18th Week of the Year (St. Dominic)

Caught in the storm Jesus exhorts his disciples to take courage and discard fear.  What a great reminder for us today!  When fear threatens to choke our lives may we turn to the one who offers us strength and wisdom to carry on.

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Christ Walking on the Water, Julius Von Klever, 1880.


19th Sunday of the Year: Jesus walks on the water

Study:  Recall a moment in life when you were doubtful or afraid.  How did you face it?

Pray:  Ask the Lord for the strength and wisdom to face doubts and fears.

Serve:  Is there someone in your life who is struggling with doubts or fears?  How might you help them?

Mass Readings – 19th Sunday of the Year

This Gospel story (Matthew 14:22-33) follows immediately after the feeding of the 5000.  Here’s a quick recap:

* Jesus hears of the death of John the Baptist
* Jesus seeks solitude in a deserted place
* The crowds find Jesus; he ministers to them
* Jesus feeds the hungry with fishes & bread

After the people have eaten, the Lord makes the disciples get into a boat while he dismisses the crowd.  The following events occur:
1.  The disciples are in the boat on the water
2.  Jesus goes up the mountain to pray alone
3.  The wind and the waves are getting strong
4.  Late at night Jesus comes on the water
5.  Seeing Jesus, the disciples are terrified
6.  Jesus, “Take courage, it is I, do not be afraid!”
7.  Peter to Jesus “Command me to come to you.”
8.  Peter goes to Jesus, is frightened and sinks
9.  Jesus rescues Peter “Why did you doubt?”
10. The disciples:  “Truly you are the Son of God!”

Note that Matthew’s Gospel differs from Mark’s account (6:45-52) in three ways:
1.  The dialogue between Jesus and Peter
2.  Peter walking (sort of) on the water
3.  Confession of faith – Jesus the Son of God

The story speaks of Peter’s desire to follow Jesus, even as it clearly shows his human weakness.  Peter tries, fails, and calls upon Jesus to save him in his need.  As a result, the disciples recognize the Son of God in their midst.

The early Church took this passage to heart.  Like the boat tossed on the waters, early Christians knew all too well the dangers of faith – risking their lives to follow Jesus.  Like Peter, they had their moments of weakness; like Peter, they called upon the Lord in their need.

We can see ourselves in this situation as well.  There are times when we desperately want a strong and steadfast faith; we seek the Lord and desire to follow His path for our lives.  Yet we are also aware of our limitations, failures, and fears.  May we, like Peter, call upon Jesus in our need; may we trust in the Lord’s strength and love to save us.

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The Transfiguration of the Lord. Catholic Inspiration

Mass Readings – The Transfiguration of the Lord

The glory and power displayed on the mountain top reveal to Peter, James and John the true nature of Jesus.  What’s more, as his disciples they will one day enter into that same glory as they offer their lives.  Each day we can be changed through our sacrifice and service so that we will be ready for what awaits us in the Kingdom of Heaven.

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Daily Mass: Faith in the midst of cruelty. Catholic Inspiration

Mass Readings – Saturday of the 17th Week of the Year

The death of John the Baptist is an outrage, a stark example of human cruelty that assaults our sensibilities.  While we acknowledge the presence of violence and hatred in our world we continue to see in the Cross of Christ God’s response: a love that embraces our sins.

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Daily Mass: Growing as Sons and Daughters of God. Catholic Inspiration

Mass Readings – Friday of the 17th Week of the Year (St. John Vianney)

Jesus returns to the village where he grew up and encountered the disbelief of those who were trapped in the past.  All of us are works in progress and every day provides us with one more opportunity to grow as Sons & Daughters of God…even if those who knew us as children fail to see how far we’ve grown.

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Daily Mass: Learning and growing in faith. Catholic Inspiration

Mass Readings – Thursday of the 17th Week of the Year

Every day we have the opportunity to learn life lessons, whether it’s good or bad, pleasant or painful.  As we follow the Lord we can take these lessons and become more fully sons and daughters of God…preparing for the day when the Lord will call us to the Kingdom of Heaven.

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Daily Mass: Speaking with the Lord. Catholic Inspiration

Mass Readings – Wednesday of the 17th Week of the Year

Moses speaks face-to-face with the Lord, to the point that his face becomes dazzlingly bright.  Everyday in our prayer and sacraments we, too, can encounter Jesus Christ in a powerful and personal way…transforming our lives as well.

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