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31st Sunday of the Year: Listen, Learn and Live. Catholic Inspiration

Mass Readings – 31st Sunday of the Year

Both the prophet Malachi and Jesus exhort the people to take to heart God’s commands.  As we Listen, Learn and Live we grow as disciples; may we draw near to the Lord, the Church and one another…listening for the wisdom that will help us put our faith into practice.

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Daily Mass: Built on the foundation of the Apostles. Catholic Inspiration

Mass Readings – The Feast of Saints Simon & Jude, Apostles

We are reminded that our faith is built upon the foundation provided by the Apostles who were called by name by Jesus.  As we hear the call of Christ in our lives today, we contribute to their efforts as we proclaim the Good News in the world.

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Daily Mass: Faithful and Prudent. Catholic Inspiration

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

The Lord exhorts us to be faithful and prudent with the blessings we have received, for “much will be required for the person entrusted with much.”

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Daily Mass: Blessed are those who hear and observe the Word of God. Catholic Inspiration

Mass Readings – Saturday of the 27th Week of the Year

Jesus offers a two step process to be blessed.  First, we must hear the Word of God.  Second, we have to act on it!  Here’s the question: do you want to be blessed?

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Daily Mass: Know the Lord, and share what you know! Catholic Inspiration

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

Jesus sends out 72 disciples – in pairs, trusting on God’s providence and facing tough struggles – so that they can proclaim the Kingdom of God.  Nehemiah and Ezra remind the people of Israel not to forget the Lord.  The Church needs both: we come to know God so that we might invite others to know the Lord as well.

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Daily Mass: The world is perplexed. Catholic Inspiration

Mass Readings – Thursday of the 25th Week of the Year

Herod is perplexed.  Who is Jesus?  What is he about?  What does it all mean?  These questions continue to surface in the world today as people are confronted with the power of God’s saving grace through Jesus Christ.

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26th Sunday of the Year: It’s all about action!

Study:  When in your life have actions “shouted down” the words we hear?

Pray:  Ask the Lord for the strength to be consistent in what we say and do.

Serve:  How do my words encourage others?  How do my actions show my care and support?

Mass Readings – 26th Sunday of the Year

It seems like there are certain phrases that get said throughout our lives.  These words are commands, invitations, and requests to make things happen – and they come in many forms:

“Take out the trash”
“Clean your room”
“Do the dishes”
“Come to my…” (athletic game, concert, etc.)
“Would you volunteer at…” (pick one!)
“Help me with…”

Let’s face it.  We are asked to do many things throughout this life.  From chores and tasks to acts of kindness and civil responsibility, many of these actions are simply part of our existence on this earth.

Yet once we hear these words we are asked to respond.  This happens in two crucial ways:

* What we say  (our WORDS)
* What we do     (our ACTIONS)

When we are confronted with a request or invitation how we respond says a lot about who we are.  If our words and actions are in agreement everything is fine – “yes” means yes and “no” means no.  But if we say one thing and do another, then the weight of our choice is measured in our actions.

This is the message of the Gospel today.  Jesus speaks of two sons who receive a request from their father.  One says yes but does not act, the other says no but changes his mind and acts.  In the end, the one who acted did his father’s will.

We journey through life confronted by countless choices everyday.  Some things we know should be done, others should not.  Some things are options that could be done; we have to weigh the priorities of our time, energy, ability, and need.  Yet what we discover is that we are defined not by what we say, but by what we do.

As people of faith we have other commands to follow:  Love God; Love one another; Repent and forgive; Work for justice; Seek peace.  Indeed our faith is reflected not in our words but our actions; even the Golden Rule “Do to others as you would have them do to you…” (Mt 7:12) is nothing more than a reminder that actions speak louder than words.

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Note: This post was originally published on September 23, 2014