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Daily Mass: Need spiritual medicine? Give alms. Catholic Inspiration

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The Lord reminds us that almsgiving is a powerful discipline to cleanse our souls.

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Daily Mass: Who needs a sign when we have Jesus Christ? Catholic Inspiration

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Jesus makes it clear that no special signs will be given to the people, for they have something greater than any prophet or miracle. They have the Son of God!

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29th Sunday of the Year: Guided on earth by God’s grace.

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Study:  Name a role model who lives a principled life.  What is it that they say or do that inspires you?

Pray:  Ask the Lord for the strength to make the right choice, especially over a difficult or challenging situation.

Serve:  Is there someone in your life who looks to you for guidance and example?  How can you help them?

Mass Readings – 29th Sunday of the Year

The first reading, psalm, and gospel readings today touch upon the notions of earthly and heavenly governance. Part of our human condition requires that we recognize our need for others; by working with people we unite in strength, and by serving the Lord we understand our values and priorities in life.

Let’s start first with human governance. In the first reading from Isaiah we hear how God has anointed Cyrus – the pagan king – as the instrument for Israel’s redemption. While the king does not know the Law or the Prophets, he gives the people of Israel a new opportunity by conquering their enemy, Babylon.

This distinction between the pagan King and the people’s faith is a helpful guide for us today. While Christianity has made countless contributions to Western Civilization, we find ourselves living in a culture that has many non-Christian influences. Some are good, some neutral, and others are just plain bad. Yet Isaiah teaches us today to look for what is good and useful, recognizing that God can work through a variety of instruments.

Since we live in this world filled with all these different elements, we are constantly challenged to discern and choose those options which are good, holy, and true. It is not always easy! Indeed, we can find ourselves confronted by issues that push and stretch us in a variety of ways.

So how do we decide? The gospel today offers a gem from the Lord:

“Repay to Caesar what belongs to Caesar
And to God what belongs to God.”
Matthew 22:21

We have duties and obligations as members of both heaven and earth. In the world we have our responsibilities – voting and jury duty, abiding civil laws, serving in local organizations, and actively living as good citizens. And as a people of faith, we are bound to follow the teaching and commandments of Jesus Christ.

So what do we do in a conflict? In the end we remember that all creation is the Lord’s. When pushed to extreme, we follow Christ. God made this world, and one day we will be called out of it. May our example show to others our desire to be good citizens – both on earth, and in heaven.


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Note: This blog was originally published on October 13, 2014. 

28th Sunday of the Year: The Kingdom of Heaven is a feast! Catholic Inspiration

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Isaiah, Psalm 23 and Matthew’s Gospel all speak about a feast, reminding us that God invites us to the banquet prepared for us in Heaven. Are we ready to respond to the invitation?

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Daily Mass: Blessed to hear and observe the Word of God. Catholic Inspiration

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The Lord’s words inspire and challenge us to receive the Good News into our hearts as we live God’s Word every day of our lives.

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Daily Mass: Driving out demons. Catholic Inspiration

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Jesus drives out a demon and then teaches how we unite with the Kingdom of God in the daily fight to keep evil away from our hearts.

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Daily Mass: The prayer that asks for what we need. Catholic Inspiration

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Jesus teaches the disciples to ask the Father for what we need, inviting us to grow closer to the Lord each and every day.

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


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Daily Mass: Our Lady of the Rosary. Catholic Inspiration

On this feast of the Rosary we recall the power of the Lord’s Prayer in the context of the ministry and life of Jesus. May this beautiful prayer draw us closer to the Lord through the intercession of his mother, Mary.

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Daily Mass: Listening to Jesus. Catholic Inspiration

The image of Martha’s sister, Mary, sitting at the feet of Jesus and listening to his words inspires us to draw near to the Lord in silence and let His grace fill our hearts.

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Daily Mass: Who is my neighbor? Catholic Inspiration

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The parable of the Good Samaritan highlights the daily opportunities we have to love one another as God loves us.

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


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