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16th Sunday of the Year: How the Lord meets us

Study:  Consider a profound moment when you felt God’s presence.  What made this possible?

Pray:  Are you feeling drawn toward a certain activity or task?  Ask the Lord for guidance.

Serve:  What types of service do you find most rewarding?  How does helping others lead you to Christ?

Mass Readings – 16th Sunday of the Year

Here’s a quick overview of the readings this week:

  • 1st Reading – Abraham recognizes the Lord in the three visitors
  • Psalm – “who does justice will live in the presence of the Lord”
  • 2nd Reading – Through suffering we participate in the life of Christ
  • Gospel – Martha & Mary

One way to reflect on these verses is to see how the Lord meets us in the pattern of daily life.  Consider:

  1. Hospitality – serving others
  2. Justice – standing up for what is right, true, and good
  3. Suffering – caring for those in need, and bearing our own pain as well
  4. Listening – pausing from our labors to hear the Lord in our lives

We understand that our relationship with God touches multiple aspects of our lives, such as prayer, sacraments, relationships, work, and recreation.  The invitation today encourages us to see with our hearts how the Lord is present to us in the current moment.

Does it mean that we serve with a joyful heart?  That we swiftly respond to injustice?  That we compassionately care for others?  That we stop and “smell the roses” in moments of rest & renewal, beauty & blessing?  In all these ways we are led back to the Lord, recognizing the gifts God gives us with a grateful heart.

How is God present in your life right now?  May our response bring us closer to Christ and one another.

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Note: This post was first published on July 11, 2016.


2nd Sunday of Lent: Special graces for the journey. Catholic Inspiration

Peter, James and John had a profound experience on the mountain, and Abraham encountered an angel in his test of faith.  Both experiences were graces that came at different points of their journey through life.  As we follow the Lord through the regular practice of our faith may we take to heart any special graces we receive as gifts from God to continue on our path.

Mass Readings – 2nd Sunday of Lent

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Daily Mass: Abraham’s faith fulfilled in Christ. Catholic Inspiration

Mass Readings – Thursday of the 5th Week of Lent

God’s promise to Abraham is transformed and renewed by the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.  As we look to our challenges and trials today, may we build upon the foundation of faith that we have received and offer our lives in service to the Lord.

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Daily Mass: It’s all about faith. Catholic Inspiration

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Mass Readings – Saturday of the 3rd Week of the Year (St. Thomas Aquinas)

Both St. Paul and Jesus teach about the crucial role of faith, and their words inspire us to trust in the Lord as we follow God’s call.


Daily Mass: God’s covenants remain for ever. Catholic Inspiration

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Fr. Andrew’s Daily Mass Homily Podcast

Mass Reading – Tuesday of the 2nd Week of the Year (St. Anthony Abbot)

The readings reference two of the great covenants God made with the people of Israel through Abraham and David.  These covenants, which the Lord does not revoke, find their fulfillment and purpose in Jesus…the Lord of the Sabbath.


19th Sunday of the Year – The treasure of faith

Study:  Recall a time when your faith was tested.  How did you respond?

Pray: Are you or a loved one going through a difficult time right now?  Pray for the wisdom and strength that comes from faith.

Serve:  How can you help someone grow in their faith today?  How can you help another grow closer to Jesus Christ?

Mass Readings – 19th Sunday of the Year

The readings focus on different aspects of faith this week:

  • 1st Reading – The people put their faith in God at the time of the Passover
  • Psalm – “Blessed the people the Lord has chosen to be his own.”
  • 2nd Reading – The faith of Abraham inspires our faith
  • Gospel – Be ready, vigilant and prepared for the treasures of heaven

When we stop and think about it, we are blessed in many, many ways: life, education, family, friendship, health, opportunity, and…faith.  What a gift it is to know God and to be given the sacraments and teaching of the Church to help us encounter the Lord!

But sometimes we can take our gifts for granted.  We start to assume that these blessings will always be there, that life will always be smooth and steady, or that if we do the right things then nothing bad will ever happen to us.

Today we are reminded that the gift of faith requires constant vigilance.  We live each day, each moment, with the conviction that we are pilgrims passing through this world…with our eyes set on the Kingdom of Heaven.  We foster our relationship with the Lord through daily prayer, frequent reception of the Sacraments, hearing the Word of God, and fellowship with one another.

May we foster our faith and be ready today…for the Lord will come, at an hour we do not expect.