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1st Sunday of Advent

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Study: Consider one thing you can do today to live your faith.  What would it be?

Pray: Do you have any unfinished business that you need to complete?  Ask the Lord for the strength and conviction to finish it.

Serve: Is there someone in your life who struggles with depression, fear, or doubt?  How can you help them?

Mass Readings – 1st Sunday of Advent

We start a new liturgical year in the Church (that’s “Year A” if you need to use the Lectionary for Sunday readings and “Cycle I” for daily Mass) with a vision of the end of time when the Son of Man comes in glory.

Several key points emerge:

  1. It will happen suddenly, when no one expects it (Gospel)
  2. All nations will come and be taught God’s ways (1st Reading)
  3. It is the Lord who makes peace possible, not humans (1st Reading)
  4. In God’s house there is great joy (Psalm)
  5. We live each day fully prepared, ready if the Lord call us (2nd Reading)

Advent gives us a rich – but very short – opportunity to prepare our hearts for Christmas.  All of these points listed above serve as excellent reminders regarding how we live each day fully invested in the present moment.  We live for the Lord, following his commands, so as to be ready whenever and wherever our lives will take the next turn in the road.

For when God calls us into eternity we hear that the unity, peace, and joy we glimpse in precious moments in this life will come to fulfillment.  United in the Lord, we will join the heavenly host when this world passes away.

I invite us all to consider how we might do one thing better each day – to be more focused, more aware, more present – so that we can give glory and honor to Jesus Christ.  We follow the Lord with all our hearts; may we make the most of every day to live our faith to the fullest.

May this Advent be a time of blessing for us all!

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Catholic Inspiration Archives

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Note: This post was originally published on November 22, 2016.


Daily Mass: Be ready, vigilant and prepared. Catholic Inspiration

Jesus teaches his disciples to be ready – vigilant and prepared – so that we can respond immediately when God calls us to offer our lives for service in the world.

Mass Readings – Tuesday of the 29th Week of the Year

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Daily Mass: Wise or foolish? (Hint: go for wise.) Catholic Inspiration

The Lord uses a parable to raise an obvious point: it’s wise to be prepared! May this wisdom inspire us to be prepared for the day when the Lord will call us out of this world.

Mass Readings – Friday of the 21st Week of the Year

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Daily Mass: Be present to the gift of today! Catholic Inspiration

The Lord exhorts the disciples to be ready and prepared.  Each day is a precious gift, calling us to be present to the people in our lives as we strive to take care of any unfinished business.  That way, when the Master calls, we will be quick to respond.

Mass Readings – Tuesday of the 29th Week of the Year

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Daily Mass: Getting prepared. Catholic Inspiration

When you cook, you need a certain amount of time to get prepared: clear the work space; make an ingredients list; set out your utensils and cookware.  In a similar way we need time and attention to prepare to encounter Jesus Christ in our spiritual lives.  May the example of John the Baptist inspire us to make the necessary preparations we need, and empower us to help others encounter the Lord as well.

Mass Readings – Thursday of the 2nd Week of Advent

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Daily Mass: For the long haul. Catholic Inspiration

Mass Readings – Friday of the 21st Week of the Year

The wise women in the Gospel today remind us that we are called to be prepared to live our faith for the long haul.  Saying yes to the Lord is a crucial step, but it is reaffirmed moment-by-moment as we keep true every day to the teaching and example of Jesus.

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Daily Mass: Be prepared! Catholic Inspiration

Mass Readings – Thursday of the 21st Week of the Year

The Lord invites us to stay awake and alert so that when he calls us we are ready to respond.  It begs a question: Do I have any unfinished business that needs to be addressed today?  May we examine our hearts and take whatever steps are necessary to be prepared to follow Jesus.

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1st Sunday of Advent – Be prepared! Catholic Inspiration

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Fr. Andrew’s Homily Podcast

Mass Readings – 1st Sunday of Advent

All of the Scripture readings evoke a call to action; we are invited to get ready, be prepared, and attentive to the Lord and one another.  May this Advent season – a gift of the Church – help us all to get our hearts and minds ready for the birth of Jesus Christ!


Daily Mass: Foolish or Wise? You decide. Catholic Inspiration

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Fr. Andrew’s Daily Mass Homily Podcast

Mass Readings – Friday of the 21st Week of the Year

Continuing the theme of being awake, alert, and prepared…Jesus shares a parable to help us sort out wisdom from foolishness.


Daily Mass: Stay Awake! Catholic Inspiration

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Fr. Andrew’s Daily Mass Homily Podcast

Mass Readings – Thursday of the 21st Week of the Year

Jesus offers a parable, reminding us to stay awake and alert so that we are always prepared for whatever might happen in life.