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Daily Mass: Give thanks to the Lord. Catholic Inspiration

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The Psalm response echoes the grace revealed in the Gospel of Luke. When we count our blessings we open our hearts in faith to the healing power of Jesus Christ.

Mass Readings – Thursday of the 24th Week of the Year

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Daily Mass: When we become living examples of love. Catholic Inspiration

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St. Paul’s famous passage in 1st Corinthians (often used at weddings) challenges us to “put on love” in all that we think, say and do.

Mass Readings – Wednesday of the 24th Week (Cornelius & Cyprian)

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Daily Mass: Mary, our Lady of Sorrows. Catholic Inspiration

Cappella del Crocefisso, painted by Scipione Pulzone, Chiesa Nuova, Rome.

The anguish of Mary at the foot of the Cross of Christ touches our human pain and loss in moments of suffering. Yet Mary’s faithfulness inspires us to endure these times of trial as we place our hope in her Son.

Mass Readings – Our Lady of Sorrows

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The Exaltation of the Holy Cross of Jesus Christ. Catholic Inspiration

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The Cross of Christ reveals justice, humility and love as Christ triumphs over sin and death for the salvation of the world. We adore you, O Christ, and we praise you! For by your Holy Cross you have redeemed the world.

Mass Readings – The Exaltation of the Holy Cross

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25th Sunday of the Year: We call upon the Lord for a generous heart.

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Study:  How have I reacted in the past when someone I know has been particularly blessed or fortunate?  Am I supportive or jealous?

Pray:  Ask the Lord for the grace and wisdom to celebrate sincerely with others when they have received special gifts or opportunities.

Serve:  How can you support others in their moments of blessing?  How might you be generous with gratitude for another person’s good fortune?

Mass Readings – 25th Sunday of the Year

Consider the following possible situations and scenarios:

  • Your neighbor that you have known for over twenty years has just won the lottery.
  • A high school classmate that you didn’t talk to very much in school makes it big in Hollywood.
  • A relative gets left a hefty sum of money from your old uncle and goes on a long trip around the world.
  • A kid who used to ride your bus to school is now the executive at the company – and is your boss.
  • A fellow employee in another office gets a big bonus for a successfully completed project.
  • Your best friend has the opportunity to have a special audience with the Pope – through a connection with a friend in the Vatican.

All of these scenes have one thing in common: through an encounter with generosity and/or opportunity another individual benefits and possesses rewards that we do not share.

How do we react? How do our attitudes and actions change toward those who have received unexpected (and sometimes unearned) generosity? While I know that I hope that I would be good natured, polite, friendly, and supportive – a part of me echoes with the sentiments of the workers in today’s Gospel.

There is a sense of justice, a feeling that we should get what we deserve that goes against the grain of the message today. The last workers got the same wage, even though they only worked a fraction of the time. It’s not fair!

In reality, the story went beyond fairness. No worker was cheated. No worker was denied a fair and agreeable wage. The Master simply wanted to be generous out of concern and care for others.

The fact is, God is generous to all of us. There are moments when we have fallen short of the Lord’s justice through sin and temptation. Yet like the workers today, we receive God’s generosity even when we have not earned it. May we live accordingly.

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Note: This blog was originally published on September 14, 2014.


24th Sunday of the Year: We must forgive to be forgiven. Catholic Inspiration

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The Book of Sirach, the Psalmist and the Lord all proclaim the same message: God forgives us and demands that we forgive one another.

Mass Readings – 24th Sunday of the Year

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Daily Mass: Every tree is known by its own fruit. Catholic Inspiration

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The Lord offers a nugget of spiritual wisdom to help us read the human heart…including our own.

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

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Daily Mass: Running the great race to Heaven. Catholic Inspiration

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St. Paul uses the image of an athlete to remind us that discipline, effort and commitment are also crucial elements of our spiritual life.

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

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Daily Mass: Love, mercy and forgiveness. Catholic Inspiration

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The Gospel of Luke offers us a powerful teaching from Jesus regarding how we interact with one another.

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

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Daily Mass: Another look at attachments in life. Catholic Inspiration

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Unlike the Beatitudes in Matthew’s Gospel, Luke’s version offers “blessings and woes” that reveal a stark truth about what we rely on in this life: if it’s not rooted in God, it’s not for our good.

Mass Readings – Wednesday of the 23rd Week of the Year (Peter Claver)

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