Tag Archives: Following Christ

Daily Mass: Walking with Jesus. Catholic Inspiration

The followers of Jesus reveal a microcosm of the Church, inviting us (however wounded or sinful) to walk with the Lord today.

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

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4th Sunday of Easter – Welcome to God’s Family

Study:  Reflect on a time in life when someone reached out and welcomed you.  What key points stand out?  Consider any opportunities you have today to do this for another.

Pray:  Is there a rift in your life that calls for healing and unity?  Ask the Lord for grace and mercy to make it happen.

Serve:  What is one thing you can do this week to be “part of the solution” in fostering unity in your life?

Mass Readings – 4th Sunday of Easter

The Scripture readings this week are filled with an uplifting message: we are invited to be part of the Lord’s family of faith.  Check out some high points from the readings:

  • 1st Reading – Paul & Barnabas are a “light to the Gentiles”
  • Psalm – “We are his people, the sheep of his flock”
  • 2nd Reading – the great multitude of every “nation, race, people, and tongue”
  • Gospel – Jesus knows his sheep and they follow him

Consider some points that follow from these incredible readings:

  1. The Good News of Christ is preached to all people.  There is not limit or boundary; all have access to the Lord.
  2. The Lord claims us!  What’s more, like the Psalmist, we can boldly claim our relationship to the Lord and trust in his love.
  3. The divisions that often separate us on earth (race, creed, nationality, language) simply do not exist in heaven; we are one family.
  4. We are known by the Lord – who calls us by name – and we follow Him.

If this unity is thus part of the reality of our Family of Faith, perhaps now is a good time to practice this unity here on earth?  Perhaps today we can cross the boundaries and divisions that keep us from one another as we continue to share the Good News in our words and actions?

As disciples we have been given an example of unity; our lives today provide plenty of opportunities to foster it.  May the grace of Easter inspire us to be a light to one another, after all – we are members of a vast and diverse family!

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Note: This post was first published on April 16, 2016.


Daily Mass: A time to feast, and a time to fast. Catholic Inspiration

Mass Readings – Saturday of the 13th Sunday of the Year

Jesus explains to the disciples of John in the Gospel today that there is a time to feast and a time to fast…reminding us that in our journey of faith we are also called to respond to the situations and circumstances of life with the guidance of Jesus Christ.

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2nd Sunday of the Year – The Call of the Lord

God's Call

Study:  Reflect on an experience in life when you have been called to do something.  Who called you?  What did it feel like?

Pray:  Ask the Lord for guidance to discern how to follow Jesus Christ today.

Serve:  Are there people in your life who are experiencing a calling?  How can you help them discover their path?

2nd Sunday of the Year Readings

Fr. Andrew’s Homily Podcast

Have you ever had moments in life when you wish the answers were written in the sky with letters that were clear and easy to read?  Where there is no doubt what to do; no hesitation that a certain choice is the best; no worry that something has been missed?  The question surfaces frequently:  How do we know the Lord’s call for our lives?

In the Scriptures today we have two examples where people are being called by God:

  • The call of Samuel in the temple of the Lord
  • The call of two of John the Baptist’s disciples by Jesus

While each story presents a perspective that is unique, both have some points that are worth noting:

  1. God takes the initiative.  It is the Lord who begins the encounter, speaking Samuel’s name or asking the disciples, “What are you looking for?”
  2. There is a human response.  Samuel calls out, “Here I am” while the disciples begin a conversation, “Where are you staying?”
  3. A call to action.  Both Samuel and disciples do something.  Samuel reaches out to Eli; the disciples stay with Jesus and one of them (Andrew) brings his brother Peter to meet the Lord.

The same three steps continue today.  God keeps inviting!  The Lord’s grace ceaselessly pours out upon the earth, inviting and empowering us to draw closer to God and one another.  Everything we have comes from the Lord, who takes the initiative to reach out to us in love.

Our response – both in word and deed – completes this initiative.  Accepting the Lord’s call we grow in wisdom and strength, developing our God-given gifts for service in the world.  As we continue to say yes to the Lord’s guidance we become more and more alive, become a conduit through which Christ’s mission touches the hearts and lives of others.

So how and where does the Lord speak today?  Where do we look for the call?  A few starting thoughts…

  • Start by reading the Scriptures! (It is the Word of God, after all.)  I recommend first digging into the Gospels.
  • Pray everyday.  It doesn’t have to be very long, but it does have to be real and from your heart.  Take a couple of minutes to count your blessings, make your petitions, and close with the Lord’s Prayer.
  • Reach out to people of faith for fellowship & strength.  (Remember: united we stand!)
  • Go to Confession.  It’s a powerful way to begin again with God’s help.
  • Go to Mass weekly.  (Let’s see: get a Sacrament; hear God’s Word; pray alone and with others; fellowship; with a little peace & silence…not a bad gig.)

May we say yes to the Lord’s call in our lives, responding with full and open hearts, serving one another with the strength of Jesus Christ!