Tag Archives: Discipleship

Daily Mass: How is the Lord calling us today? Catholic Inspiration

Both the Letter to the Ephesians and the Gospel of Matthew offer insights into how the Lord calls us (with all our imperfections) in various ways, giving us the grace we need for the work entrusted to our care.

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


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Daily Mass: Choose life in the Lord. Catholic Inspiration

Moses and Jesus exhort the people to make a choice for God – choosing life (and eternal life) over death.  Every day we make this choice as we seek to turn our lives ever closer to Jesus Christ, the source of all life.

Mass Readings – Thursday after Ash Wednesday


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Farewell to Fr. Ed. Catholic Inspiration

Msgr. Ed Meulemans was my pastor when I arrived at the Cathedral as a newly ordained priest in 1997.  Over the years he has been a great friend and mentor, teaching me many lessons about discipleship and priesthood.  May he rest in peace!


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Daily Mass: Fostering a humble heart. Catholic Inspiration

Sometimes we can get caught up in social status, cherishing feelings of importance and respect.  In the Gospel today Jesus reminds us that true greatness lies in how we offer our lives, directing us away from external accolades and turning us toward the beauty of a life of humble service.

Mass Readings – Saturday of the 30th Week of the Year


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Daily Mass: Living our faith in times of trial. Catholic Inspiration

The Letter of the Ephesians offers a beautiful call to faith which can inspire us in the darkest moments of our lives.  May we take these words to heart as we keep our eyes fixed on Jesus.

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


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Daily Mass: Working for the Lord. Catholic Inspiration

As Jesus sends out the seventy-two disciples, he charges them with specific tasks of preaching, healing and proclaiming the Kingdom of God.  Like those first disciples, we participate in the ministry of Christ every time we use our gifts and talents for the glory of God.

Mass readings – Thursday of the 28th Week of the Year (St. Luke)


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29th Sunday of the Year: The suffering of Jesus Christ


Study:  Consider an experience of suffering in your life.  What lessons did you learn?  How did you change and grow?

Pray:  Many people carry heavy crosses every day…pray for them that they find the strength and grace they need.

Serve:  Many people carry heavy crosses every day…how can you help them?

Mass Readings – 29th Sunday of the Year

The readings today weave together around some common themes:

  • 1st Reading – The Servant who suffers to ransom others
  • Psalm – We trust in the Lord’s mercy
  • 2nd Reading – Jesus, tested in every way, sympathizes with our weaknesses
  • Gospel – Christ came to serve and offer his life…inviting us to do the same

Let’s start with Jesus.  The Lord’s mission included not only teaching and healing, but was most clearly articulated in his death and resurrection for the life of the world.  Christ died for our sins – taking our place by his suffering on the Cross for the evil we have done.  His resurrection blazes a trail for us that leads to Heaven.

It is crucial to note that suffering is the path, not the goal.  God the Father did not choose Jesus to suffer out of a desire for pain, but to bridge the gap between the human and divine.  The Lord is the High Priest whose suffering draws near to a wounded and broken humanity.  Like us in all things but sin, Jesus embraces us as he stretched out his hands on the Cross.

The victory of the Resurrection reveals suffering as the doorway, a path that when taken purges and cleanses, through which Christ has passed to break the bonds of sin and death.  Suffering does not end in suffering; it leads to a freedom in Christ that is filled with grace, mercy, and peace.

This message has elements of consolation and challenge for us today.  The consolation?  We look to Christ for our redemption – turning to the Lord whose saving death and resurrection give us eternal life.

The challenge?  We are called to face our suffering, recognizing in the crosses of our lives the path of redemption that God sets before us.  In other words, we drink from the cup of Christ’s suffering – but we do it with conviction, faith, and hope.

The suffering we face today is part of our transformation as disciples.  We engage the challenges of this life, not because we welcome pain, but because we see God’s hand at work in our struggles to purify our hearts and desires.  Through this process we offer our lives, following the example of Jesus Christ to bring life to those in our midst.

Drink from the cup.  Consider the sufferings of today as an offering to the Lord – given out of love that our lives might be transformed into the image and likeness of Christ!


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La crucifixion, Philippe de Champaigne; 1644-1646, 800 x 600 pixels.

Note: This post was first published on October 13, 2015.