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Daily Mass: Giving and receiving God’s help. Catholic Inspiration

Jesus heals a man who is brought to him on a stretcher by four men.  The image profoundly illustrates a crucial point: sometimes we give help and sometimes we receive it.  May the Lord help us in both cases!

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

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23rd Sunday of the Year: Sending and receiving a message from the heart. Catholic Inspiration

Mass Readings – 23rd Sunday of the Year

One of the hardest things about the Christian faith is the giving and receiving of a tough message, the kind of message that hits our hearts and requires us to grow as children of God.  Whether it’s something that needs to be said or something that needs to be heard, may we call upon the Lord for the courage we need to let the message of Jesus Christ speak to our souls.

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Daily Mass: God loves a cheerful giver. Catholic Inspiration

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

God loves a cheerful giver, and with the enthusiasm of a child we can offer our lives in prayer, service, fasting and almsgiving.  May we give generously and joyfully, recalling that all that we have is a gift from the Lord.

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32nd Sunday of the Year – Giving Generously, as God Gives to Us – Catholic Inspiration

Three Great Things

Fr. Andrew’s 32nd Sunday of the Year Homily Podcast

It’s all about blessings.  God lavishes graces and blessings upon us…let’s take time to acknowledge them!  And then out of gratitude…let’s consider how we might be a blessing to others!  Consider today how we might share our time, talent, and treasure to bless the life of another…drawing us closer to the Lord and one another.


32nd Sunday of the Year – Giving Generously, as God Gives to Us

Two Coins

Study:  Reflect on a moment when you gave generously of your time, resources, or money.  What was the cost, and what did you discover?

Pray: Take time to thank the Lord for the blessings lavished upon you.  Cultivate gratitude in your heart and express it in your life.

Serve:  Who has the Lord placed in your life to serve?  How can your life be a blessing of generous giving to another?

32nd Sunday of the Year Readings

Fr. Andrew’s Homily Podcast

The theme of generous giving runs through these four readings this week:

  • Old Testament – the widow who gives to Elijah some bread from her scant resources
  • Psalm – the Lord who gives sight, hearing, freedom, justice, food and hope
  • New Testament – Christ who gives his life, once for all, that we might have salvation
  • Gospel – the poor widow who gives two small coins…all that she has

Let’s look at how this theme surfaces throughout these readings.

Earthly blessings.  The psalm reminds us that God is the source of all that we have, and it begs a simple point:  Are we grateful?  I know firsthand how easy it is to take even the simplest blessings for granted.  All it takes is to lose something that is part of our routine (health, work, friendship) to rediscover the gift that was right in front of our eyes.

Spiritual Salvation.  Jesus Christ offers his life once-for-all that through his death and resurrection we might have eternal life.  The Father gave his only Son that we might be saved.  This profound act of divine generosity speaks of a love that is vast and all encompassing.  God does this for us!

Profound human generosity.  These two women gave from their need, not their want.  It was not surplus food or money…it was their livelihood.  It is crucial to note that no gift is too big or small in God’s eyes; what’s crucial is the relationship between the offering and the person – is it given as a token or as something of value?

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Do we take time to acknowledge the blessings we have?  No really…do we pause in the course of our day – in a moment of prayer – and thank the Lord for the gifts we have been given?  Let me be clear: without gratitude generosity means nothing, for without thankfulness we have no appreciation and respect for the gift that is given.

And equally crucial point follows: Do we give generously?  Do we share what we have in a manner that shows our prayer and reflection?  All gifts, great or small, are precious in the Lord’s eyes when they are offered in a spirit of love; all gifts, great or small, lose their significance when they are given without respect for the sacrifices  and blessings they represent.

Simply put: we give generously out of gratitude for God’s generous gifts to us!  Take a moment this week to pause and reflect on your blessings.  Then consider the ways that you can offer your life.  Whether it is with time, talent, or treasure – God will take our gifts, generously given, and make them a blessing in the world.