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Daily Mass: Do you want to be part of the family? Catholic Inspiration

Mass Readings – Tuesday of the 25th Week of the Year

Here’s some good news: those who hear the Word of God and act on it are treated as sisters and brothers to Jesus.  Now, do  you want to be part of the family?

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26th Sunday of the Year: It’s all about action!

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.

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


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

Mass Readings – Saturday of the 23rd Week of the Year (Sts. Cornelius & Cyprian)

Through a series of illustrations Jesus points out that our faith is witnessed through our action.  Our words can indicate the state of our hearts, but the actions we carry out reveal the depth of our conviction.

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22nd Sunday of the Year: How does your faith give you strength? Catholic Inspiration

Mass Readings – 22nd Sunday of the Year

Both Jeremiah and Jesus acknowledge that they must experience suffering, and learning from them we recognize that suffering is part of our world.  When we face suffering with the gift of faith, we grow strong in virtue as we strive to do the right thing, for the right reason, at the right time, in the right way.

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7th Sunday of the Year: Love your…enemies. Catholic Inspiration

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Mass Readings – 7th Sunday of the Year

Jesus says “Love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you.”  This command to love one another as God loves us will challenge our attitudes, actions and prayer as we strive to follow the Lord’s example of love.

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Daily Mass: Actions speak louder than… Catholic Inspiration

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Fr. Andrew’s Daily Mass Homily Podcast

Mass Readings – Tuesday of 3rd Advent (Feast of St. Lucy)

Actions speak louder than…yeah, you know the rest.  Now all we have to do: act in a manner worthy of Christ.


Daily Mass: Putting our faith into practice. Catholic Inspiration

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Fr. Andrew’s Daily Mass Homily Podcast

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

The Lord invites us (in only 44 words!) to hear God’s word and practice it every day.


Daily Mass: Look for the good fruit. Catholic Inspiration

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Fr. Andrew’s Daily Mass Homily Podcast

Mass Readings – Saturday of the 23rd Week of the Year

The Lord’s practical wisdom “to know a tree by it’s fruit” is immensely useful for our daily interactions with others.  We don’t judge people, but we are called to acknowledge good and bad thoughts, words, and actions – recognizing that the “fruit” of our lives can be either wholesome or destructive.


5th Sunday of the Year – Here I am Lord, Send Me

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Study:  Recall a moment where you felt that God was prompting you to action.  What motivated you to act?  What held you back?

Pray:  What grace do you need to carry out your current tasks?  Storm heaven for the strength you require.

Serve:  How can you make an ordinary action extraordinary?  How can you do a little thing with great love?

5th Sunday of the Year Readings

Fr. Andrew’s Homily Podcast

The readings incorporate the theme of being sent on mission:

  • 1st Reading – Isaiah responding to the Lord’s invitation
  • Psalm – Responding to the Lord’s call with songs of praise
  • 2nd Reading – Paul’s recap of the response of the apostles
  • Gospel – Jesus making “fishers of men” of the Peter & the apostles

In all these cases some common points surface:

  1. God takes the initiative and calls us
  2. We (however unworthy) are invited to respond
  3. God provides the grace and strength
  4. We are called to offer our lives in action

These are beautiful thoughts as we sit on the doorstep of Lent!  Friends, God continues to call us – providing grace – that we might respond and offer our lives for service in the world.  So let’s turn these points around from our perspective:

  1. How has the Lord called each one of us…today?
  2. What excuses or obstacles are keeping us from responding?
  3. What particular grace do we need from the Lord – ask for it!
  4. Remember: all action – great or small – that we offer will be blessed by God to make a difference in the world.

May our words follow the example of Isaiah in the first reading today:  Here am I, Lord…send me!

 


2nd Sunday of the Year – God Gives Good Gifts – Catholic Inspiration

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Fr. Andrew’s 2nd Sunday of the Year Homily Podcast

At the wedding at Cana the Lord’s miracle of water to wine shows that God gives with quality and generosity.  This notion of gift is picked up in Paul’s 1st Letter to the Corinthians.  These precious gifts – given by God – are meant to be used.  Our invitation today: to acknowledge the good things Christ has given and put them into practice.

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A quick shout out to my nieces and nephews who made my vacation so much fun and who shared their Scripture insights with me – that was a gift that I found truly precious!