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19th Sunday of the Year: An antidote to grumbling

Study:  What are some of your regular chores?  Which ones do you find boring, dreary, dull, or difficult?

Pray:  Take a moment to count your blessings.  Consider the many ways you have been blessed by God.

Serve:  How can you help someone with a difficult chore?  How can you assist another with a challenging task?

Mass Readings – 19th Sunday of the Year

Every summer my sister and I had a standard routine during school vacation.  We would get up, have some breakfast, and face the dreaded work list.  Our mother was the master of list making – with her perfect penmanship, she would write out the chores that needed to be done before Amy and I could go down to the beach for some fun.  We would groan and complain,”This is SO HARD!” while mom just smiled and reminded us that we all have work to do to keep the house running.

One time when I was feeling particularly oppressed, I had the gall to ask, “What did you do?” and I discovered that my folks:

  • Paid all the bills
  • Kept up on all the maintenance of the house
  • Provided for all our food and clothing
  • Handled mysterious things like “insurance” and “taxes”

In other words, I quickly discovered that my life – even with my terrible chores – depended completely on them.

Both Elijah and the crowds in the Gospel discover a similar lesson today.  Elijah was grumbling and the people were murmuring, but God fed them (both physically and spiritually) with food for this life and the next.

The point is simple: our lives are completely and entirely dependent upon God.  While it is true and important to note that we all have work to do, it is crucial to remember that we have this work because God allows it.  Our lives are supported every moment by the grace of the Almighty; the Lord sustains our lives so that we might offer them in our work…the “chores” that we get to do.  What’s more, God nourishes us so that we can do these chores with strength, courage, and wisdom.

For several weeks now we have heard how God feeds us with heavenly bread; perhaps today we might take a moment in gratitude to thank the Lord for what we have received, so that we can do today’s work with an open mind and a willing heart.  May our chores remind us that they are part of life – a gift which we have received from God.

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Note: this blog was first published on August 4, 2015.


Daily Mass: Where do you find the Lord in your life? Catholic Inspiration

The prophet Elijah watched and waited for the Lord.  While the wind, earthquake and fire were visibly amazing, Elijah recognized God in a tiny whispering sound.  It’s a good reminder for us today to be on the lookout for the Lord, for even in the smallest and simplest of experiences God is constantly present and in our midst.

Mass Readings – Friday of the 10th Week of the Year

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Daily Mass: God works in our lives. Catholic Inspiration

From the miracle of Elijah to the Lord’s fulfillment of the Law, our faith is a gift that allows us to see God at work in our lives.  What’s more, as disciples we continue Christ’s saving work as his instruments in the world.

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

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Daily Mass: Elijah, John the Baptist and Jesus. Catholic Inspiration

The Lord explains how Elijah returned in the person of John the Baptist, and then Jesus goes on to say how he will suffer just like John.  As we draw near to the Feast of Christmas, we remember how God so loved the world he gave His only Son…to teach us how to offer our lives for one another.

Mass Readings – Saturday of the 2nd Week of Advent

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Daily Mass: Returning to the Lord. Catholic Inspiration

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Mass Readings – Saturday of the 2nd Week of Advent

Like Elijah, John the Baptist came to help the people return to the Lord.  May this Advent season help us to draw close to Christ and be filled with the Lord’s love.


Daily Mass: a portion of God’s Spirit

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Fr. Andrew’s Daily Mass Homily Podcast

Mass Readings – Wednesday of the 11th Week of the Year

Elisha asks for and receives a double portion of Elijah’s spirit.  This spirit, filled with God’s power and grace, is our inheritance as baptized believers of Jesus Christ.  May we live this precious gift every day, in what we say and do!


Daily Mass: Finding God…even in the whisper. Catholic Inspiration

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Fr. Andrew’s Daily Mass Homily Podcast

Mass Readings – Friday of the 10th Week of the Year

I had the gift of time with my nieces, who helped me with the homily today!

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