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3rd Sunday of the Year: Repent and believe in the Gospel.

Study:  Recall a time when you made a serious mistake.  What steps did you take to make it right?  Do you have any unfinished work that needs to be done?

Pray:  Saying “I’m sorry” and “I forgive you” can be very difficult; don’t try it alone!  Ask the Lord for the grace and strength.

Serve:  How can you help another on the path to repentance?  How might you encourage people to seek healing and forgiveness?

Mass Readings – 3rd Sunday of the Year

Remember back in elementary school when we all learned long division?  Perhaps you remember some of those really long problems that took a whole sheet of paper to write?  I recall the excitement when I found the answers at the end of the book, only to have my hopes crushed when the dreaded words “show your work” were part of the instructions…

To demonstrate the exercise our 4th grade teacher, Mrs. Tempesta, would put a problem on the chalk board and demonstrate line by line, showing the work and how the process repeats until you made your way through the entire problem.  At the end you would have the answer, with all the work to prove it.

I remember asking Mrs. Tempesta what would happen if you made a mistake early on in the process.  She smiled and repeated the problem along side the original – with one tiny mistake.  The wrong answer at the end of the work glared at our class; when we asked what do you do if your answer doesn’t match the solution in the book, she replied, “You have to start at the beginning, find your mistake, and rework a new solution.”

Welcome to repentance.

We all make mistakes: we say things we can’t take back; do things we regret; allow things to happen that we’d give anything to erase.  And while we can’t change the past our faith tells us that we have a process that can bring healing and restore relationships.  Like long division, we find our mistakes, REPENT, and rework a solution that follows a new path of behavior.

The words “I’m sorry” and “I forgive you” are some of the most powerful in any language.  The first reading and the Gospel today are especially adamant that we take them to heart – repenting of our sins and choosing a Godly path that brings healing to our lives.  Remember: God never gives up on us!  The process looks like this:

  • We run through our own personal examination of conscience
  • We admit it – perhaps directly or in the Sacrament of Confession
  • We are sorry for the hurt we have done, acknowledging our sins/mistakes
  • We do our part to make it right – doing what we can to fix and heal
  • We call upon God’s healing grace and strength

Perhaps it’s been awhile since we stepped into a confessional.  Perhaps it’s been awhile since we have honestly looked into our hearts.  Today we can take a moment to look inside, see what doesn’t belong, and make the move to repent of our sins and turn to the Lord.  May we see in the example of Jonah and Jesus today that we have hope; God keeps calling – inviting us to turn away from sin and embrace the Good News.

And if you are looking for some help in checking out your heart, try these options for an Examination of Conscience.

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Note: This post was originally published on January 19, 2015.


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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13th Sunday of the Year: Dying and rising with Christ. Catholic Inspiration

Mass Readings – 13th Sunday of the Year

St. Paul reminds us in his letter to the Romans that our participation in the life and death of Jesus Christ brings us eternal life.  This Good News is our legacy as disciples and our inspiration to offer our lives with the hope and strength of God’s grace.

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Daily Mass: Faith in the midst of adversity. Catholic Inspiration

Mass Readings – Saturday of the 4th Week of Easter

Paul & Barnabas faced tremendous challenges, even as they spread the Gospel in amazing ways.  It’s a good reminder that we, too, will face adversity as we live our faith in the world today.

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Monday Conversation: The Heart of a Disciple, Part II

This presentation was given at St. Pius X Catholic Church in Solon Springs on March 6, 2017.  It is the second part of a presentation on discipleship, focusing on living the Good News and sharing it with others. (36 Minutes)

 

And if you missed the first part of this presentation on discipleship, which focused on repentance and ongoing conversion, you can pick it up below. (45 Minutes)

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Daily Mass: Seek the Lord with all your heart. Catholic Inspiration

Mass Readings – Friday of the 1st Week of Lent

Jesus invites his disciples to seek God above all else, turning away from sin and making a change deep within our hearts.

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Ash Wednesday: Repent, and believe in the Gospel. Catholic Inspiration

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Mass Readings – Ash Wednesday

As we embark on this season of Lent we hear the words as we receive our ashes: “Repent, and believe in the Gospel.”  May we turn away from sin and look to Christ for the grace we need each day.

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Daily Mass: Guide me, Lord! Catholic Inspiration

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Fr. Andrew’s Daily Mass Homily Podcast

Friday of the 26th Week of the Year (St. Jerome)

In the Book of Job we hear of God’s power and might; Luke’s Gospel shows Jesus chastising the towns that refused to accept his message.  Our response today: to call upon the Lord to guide us with wisdom and strength!


2nd Sunday of Easter – Living Gospels. Catholic Inspiration

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Fr. Andrew’s Homily Podcast

The Scriptures this week reveal two key aspects of the Disciples’ lives:

  • an encounter with Jesus Christ
  • a powerful proclamation of the Good News

Simply put, they have become Living Gospels – receiving the Risen Lord so that they might boldly share their faith with others.  In just the same way, may we receive Christ – in Sacrament, Scripture, Fellowship and Prayer – so that we can give the love of Christ to those we meet.

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Ash Wednesday. Catholic Inspiration

Three Great Things

Ash Wednesday Readings

Fr. Andrew’s Homily Podcast

Ashes are common in our daily life – every fire leads to them.  But note these two qualities:

  • They are dirty
  • They are lifeless

Welcome to the reality of sin: The ashes we wear are an outward sign that we wish to turn away from all that soils our souls and harms our hearts.  May the words we hear today help us to seek the cleansing life that comes from Christ.  The words are clear:

Repent, and Believe in the Gospel!

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If you are looking for more material to help you this Lent, you might consider this list of presentations I have offered over the last couple of years.  Feel free to check it out and share if you find it helpful:

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