Tag Archives: Discipleship

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

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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.


Daily Mass: God’s power works through us. Catholic Inspiration

The disciples return to Jesus with joy as they acknowledge his power at work in their ministry.  This power continues today whenever we open our hearts to the grace of Jesus Christ.

Mass Readings – Saturday of the 26th Week of the Year

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Daily Mass: We need each other. Catholic Inspiration

The Lord sent out disciples in pairs, recognizing that we work best when we work together.  Sometimes we give support, and sometimes we receive it, but through it all we grow in strength and wisdom when we unite our lives to Jesus Christ.

Mass Readings – Thursday of the 26th Week of the Year (St. Francis of Assisi)

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Daily Mass: The coming of the Holy Spirit. Catholic Inspiration

Jesus promises the disciples that he will send the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, to come upon them after he leaves.  The Spirit will shine in the world revealing sin, righteousness and condemnation.  May the Spirit help us today to see clearly as we follow the Lord.

Mass Readings – Tuesday of the 6th Week of Easter

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Daily Mass: Seeing, Believing and Doing. Catholic Inspiration

Jesus helps the disciples understand that to see him is to see the Father, and to believe in him leads to doing great works in his name.  But note this: these words are meant for us as well!  As we see God at work in our lives, may our belief flourish as we do the work that is before us for the glory and honor of Christ.

Mass Readings – Saturday of the 4th Week of the Easter

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Daily Mass: Jesus says, “Follow me.” Catholic Inspiration

Jesus calls Levi – a tax collector and a sinner – with the simple invitation “Follow me.”  In the same way the Lord calls us, not because we are perfect, but precisely so that we can draw near to the one who heals, redeems and loves us.

Mass Readings – Saturday of the 1st Week of the Year

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