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Daily Mass: Do not let your hearts be troubled. Catholic Inspiration

John’s Gospel offers a beautiful reflection as Jesus invites us to trust in him when doubt, fear and anxiety overwhelm us.  God is our strength and our comfort, providing us the grace we need as we follow where the Lord leads.

Mass Readings – Friday of the 4th Week of Easter

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14th Sunday of the Year: Meek and humble of heart.

Study:  When have you experienced tenderness in your life?  How did it affect you?

Pray:  Is there someone you know who is in pain right now?  Pray for the gentleness of Jesus to touch them.

Serve:  Is there someone you can help?  Perhaps you are uniquely suited to ease their burden and bring them comfort.

Mass Readings – 14th Sunday of the Year

Here’s a quick recap of the readings:

  • 1st Reading – Zechariah offers a prophecy about Jesus
  • Psalm – “I will praise your name for ever, my king and my God.”
  • 2nd Reading – Paul teaches that the Spirit of Christ dwells in us
  • Gospel – Christ offers rest to all who labor and are burdened

When you think of all the ways that God could choose to be revealed to humanity, perhaps nothing seems at first more shocking than the tender humility that the Messiah reveals.  God does not overwhelm our senses with awesome power; rather, God gets under our radar and lovingly touches our hearts without force or pretense.

Jesus Christ comes into our world:

  • Meek and riding a donkey (not a stallion at the head of an angelic army)
  • Bringing comfort and healing (as opposed to a war cry and battle plan)
  • Offering his Spirit so that we might be transformed into newness of life

No wonder the Psalmist could offer praises to God!  The Lord is approachable, gentle, accessible and understanding.  Jesus Christ meets us in our most wounded and vulnerable places, for through his Cross he has experienced the full range of human pain…and redeemed it.

So come to the Lord.  Embrace the one who meets us where we are and longs to heal our pain.  May we let go of our worries and fears; may we let the Lord take us by the hand and lead us into newness of life.

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8th Sunday of the Year: Do not worry!

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Study: Reflect on a time when worry and anxiety overwhelmed you.  What broke the cycle and restored your perspective?

Pray: Is there something that you are worried about right now?  Bring it to prayer and ask the Lord for guidance and peace in your heart.

Serve: Do you know someone who is overly anxious?  How can you help comfort, calm and support them?

Mass Readings – 8th Sunday of the Year

Worry, worry, worry!  How often are we caught up in the anxieties, cares, stresses, and distractions of life!  How easy it is to get spun up by things (often far outside our control) and waste time and energy that could be spent in a much more fruitful manner.

Here’s a quick overview of the readings:

  • 1st Reading – The Lord says, “I will never forget you.”
  • Psalm – “Rest in God alone, my soul.”
  • 2nd Reading – We are servants of Christ and stewards of God’s mysteries
  • Gospel – “Do not worry about tomorrow; tomorrow can take care of itself!”

Of course, just saying “Do not worry!” is not enough.  It’s a simple sentence yet often difficult to put into practice.  Why?  Because there are many things in life we care about, and that natural concern – if left unattended – can take on a life of its own.  When we let our natural cares run out of control we lose our perspective, and in turn we start to focus on the wrong priorities.

Yes, there are things that we need to worry about: making sure that our basic needs are met, attending to the natural cares of ourselves and our loved ones, doing the necessary planning and preparation so that life flows smoothly.  This is part of our daily work, and as such we make the effort to do our best.

Here’s a simple question that I find often helps determine if I should worry about something: “Do I have any power to change or influence this situation?”  If the issue in question is within my influence and control, then perhaps it is something that I need to attend to.  But if the issue is outside my influence, then perhaps I need to let it go…worrying about it will only waste my life!

Easier said than done.  That’s why I believe Jesus took the time to talk about this “useless worry” with his disciples.  The Lord knows our hearts and understands how worry can overtake our lives.

So today, if we discover that worry is wasting our time and attention, may we call upon the grace of God to let it go and trust that the Lord will give us what we need to face the cares of life.


3rd Sunday of the Year: Light and Darkness

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Study: When in your life have you experienced moments of darkness?  Where did you find the light to guide your way?

Pray:  Are you struggling with the darkness today?  Pray that the Lord will shine radiant light into your life.

Serve: Do you know someone who seems “in the dark” right now?  How can you bring the light of Christ to others?

Mass Readings – 3rd Sunday of the Year

The readings offer several rich themes this week:

  • 1st Reading – The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light
  • Psalm – “The Lord is my light and my salvation.”
  • 2nd Reading – Agree in what you say, and let there be no divisions among you
  • Gospel – John the Baptist dies, and Jesus embarks on his public ministry

The 1st reading from the prophet Isaiah, the Psalm, and the Gospel of Matthew all reference light and darkness.  The imagery speaks to us on many levels:

  • Light is necessary for sight
  • Light brings comfort and consolation
  • Light is a sign of God’s grace and presence

And yet we know that darkness is also part of our existence.  In our modern world we often do all that we can to drive the darkness away, but if you have ever been out in the country (away from all the city lights) you begin to get a sense of what most people were acquainted with through human history.

Things hide in the dark.  Crime often occurs in the dark.  Fear, anxiety, worry and distress often increase in the darkness.  While the darkness is not bad in itself, we often associate it with many challenges and concerns that form the landscape of our our hearts.

Today we hear once again how God’s light casts out all darkness.  God’s grace offers us hope, peace, and strength to face the darkness of life with conviction and trust.  We know that life is not easy; we face our burdens confident that the Lord will light our way.

Where is the darkness in your life right now?  Face it with the light of Jesus Christ!  Let the Lord’s light shine in our hearts and lives, offering us the wisdom and direction we need to live our faith today.


15th Sunday of the Year – Putting Love into Practice. Catholic Inspiration

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Mass Readings – 15th Sunday of the Year

Like the Good Samaritan in the Gospel of Luke, we are called to be neighbor to all who cross our path – sharing the Love that Christ offers us with one another.


Daily Mass: Keep me safe, O God! Catholic Inspiration

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Daily Mass Readings – Wednesday of the 10th Week of the Year

In our moments of trial and difficulty, we turn to the Lord and anchor our hope in the one who knows us, loves us, and guides us!

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6th Sunday of Easter – Peace I give to you

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Study: Recall a time when you experienced a profound sense of peace.  What made this possible?

Pray: Ask for God’s peace to touch your life and the those you love.

Serve: Consider ways you can share the peace of Christ with others.  Be an instrument of peace today.

6th Sunday of Easter Readings

I find the words of the Lord in the Gospel tremendously comforting:

“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you.
Not as the world gives do I give it to you.
Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid.”  (John 14:27)

How often do we need to hear these words!  How often do we find ourselves disturbed and upset by the frustrations and fears of life?!  And yet, Jesus – who knows us better than we know ourselves – consoles and comforts us with a peace that flows on the wings of the Holy Spirit from the heart of Heaven.

We crave peace: in our hearts, our homes, our work, our community.  There is a tranquility that comes when we are united with one another, free from discord, doubt and misunderstanding.  God’s peace empowers us to walk through the challenges of life with a quiet conviction that we will face whatever comes before us with the guidance of Christ.

Two key thoughts thus emerge:

  1. Where do I need to foster peace in my life?
  2. How can I share God’s peace with others?

Are there parts of my life that hunger for peace?  Bring them to prayer.  Are there ways that I can be an instrument of peace, in my own life and in the lives of others?  Act now.  God’s peace is for the asking and the Holy Spirit is present to renew us with this blessed gift.

May we leave behind our fears and anxieties, turning to Christ for the strength and guidance we need to embrace our lives with joy.

Peace be with you!