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Daily Mass: The Apostles unite into action. Catholic Inspiration

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Following their deliberations in Jerusalem, the Apostles send representatives with decisive news that will shape the course of the early Church.

Mass Readings – Friday of the 5th Week of Easter


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St. Bernardine of Sienna, pray for us!

Daily Mass: Fasting and prayer that leads to action. Catholic Inspiration

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Having returned to Jerusalem, Paul & Barnabas are chosen for a mission after an extensive period of fasting and prayer.

Mass Readings – Wednesday of the 4th Week of Easter


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Daily Mass: Jesus offers a path to divine justice. Catholic Inspiration

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The Lord speaks directly and to the point about a number of specific actions in this short and powerful selection of Luke’s Gospel.

Mass Readings – Monday of the 2nd Week of Lent


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4th Sunday of Advent: How swift is our response to God’s grace? Catholic Inspiration

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Mary, Elizabeth and even baby John the Baptist offer examples of a swift response to the presence of God. Their actions inspire us to consider how we will put the Lord’s prompting into practice today.

Mass Readings – 4th Sunday of Advent


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Daily Mass: St. Joseph inspires us to action. Catholic Inspiration

Joseph listens to the Angel Gabriel and acts on his word. This decisive, swift response inspires us to reflect on how the Lord is calling us to offer our lives today.

Mass Readings – Saturday of the 3rd Week of Advent


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Daily Mass: God teaches us; will we listen? Catholic Inspiration

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Isaiah reminds the people that the Lord teaches us. The real issue: Will we listen and put this instruction into practice?

Mass Readings – Friday of the 2nd Week of Advent


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The Solemnity of St. Joseph, husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Catholic Inspiration

A great saint who does not say a single recorded word in the Bible. Yet Joseph’s actions reveal a trust in God and a conviction that puts faith in action.

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Daily Mass: The example of St. Joseph. Catholic Inspiration

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St. Joseph speaks no words in the Gospels; all we “hear” are the actions he carries out. May his example inspire us to live out our faith with similar intensity and conviction.

Mass Readings – Friday of the 3rd Week of Advent

Daily Mass: A parable about prudent action. Catholic Inspiration

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Jesus offers a parable in Luke’s Gospel that highlights the need to make course corrections in our life through prudent actions.

Mass Readings – Friday of the 31st Week of the Year

26th Sunday of the Year: A call to action.

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Study:  When in your life have actions “shouted down” the words we hear?

Pray:  Ask the Lord for the strength to be consistent in what we say and do.

Serve:  How do my words encourage others?  How do my actions show my care and support?

Mass Readings – 26th Sunday of the Year

It seems like there are certain phrases that get said throughout our lives.  These words are commands, invitations, and requests to make things happen – and they come in many forms:

“Take out the trash”
“Clean your room”
“Do the dishes”
“Come to my…” (athletic game, concert, etc.)
“Would you volunteer at…” (pick one!)
“Help me with…”

Let’s face it.  We are asked to do many things throughout this life.  From chores and tasks to acts of kindness and civil responsibility, many of these actions are simply part of our existence on this earth.

Yet once we hear these words we are asked to respond.  This happens in two crucial ways:

* What we say  (our WORDS)
* What we do     (our ACTIONS)

When we are confronted with a request or invitation how we respond says a lot about who we are.  If our words and actions are in agreement everything is fine – “yes” means yes and “no” means no.  But if we say one thing and do another, then the weight of our choice is measured in our actions.

This is the message of the Gospel today.  Jesus speaks of two sons who receive a request from their father.  One says yes but does not act, the other says no but changes his mind and acts.  In the end, the one who acted did his father’s will.

We journey through life confronted by countless choices everyday.  Some things we know should be done, others should not.  Some things are options that could be done; we have to weigh the priorities of our time, energy, ability, and need.  Yet what we discover is that we are defined not by what we say, but by what we do.

As people of faith we have other commands to follow:  Love God; Love one another; Repent and forgive; Work for justice; Seek peace.  Indeed our faith is reflected not in our words but our actions; even the Golden Rule “Do to others as you would have them do to you…” (Mt 7:12) is nothing more than a reminder that actions speak louder than words.

Note: This post was originally published on September 23, 2014

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