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Daily Mass: Strengthening our faith. Catholic Inspiration

Mass Readings – Saturday of the 18th Week of the Year

Jesus heals a child that could not be helped by this disciples.  Why?  Their faith was not strong enough.  As the disciples sought to strengthen their faith we can learn from them, training our “spiritual muscles” to become strong as we turn to the Lord for wisdom, strength and guidance.

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

Mass Readings – Saturday of the 17th Week of the Year

The death of John the Baptist is an outrage, a stark example of human cruelty that assaults our sensibilities.  While we acknowledge the presence of violence and hatred in our world we continue to see in the Cross of Christ God’s response: a love that embraces our sins.

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Daily Mass: Growing as Sons and Daughters of God. Catholic Inspiration

Mass Readings – Friday of the 17th Week of the Year (St. John Vianney)

Jesus returns to the village where he grew up and encountered the disbelief of those who were trapped in the past.  All of us are works in progress and every day provides us with one more opportunity to grow as Sons & Daughters of God…even if those who knew us as children fail to see how far we’ve grown.

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The Transfiguration of the Lord

Study: Consider a time when you had an experience of God’s glory and majesty.  What did it feel like?

Pray:  Are you struggling with a tough decision right now?  As the Lord for the power and conviction to carry it out.

Serve:  How might you help another experience God’s power today?

Mass Readings – The Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord

The readings this week all reveal the majesty and power of God.  Take a look:

  • 1st Reading – Daniel has a vision of God’s glory
  • Psalm – “The Lord is king, the Most High over all the earth.”
  • 2nd Reading – Jesus receives honor and glory from the Father
  • Gospel – Peter, James and John see the Lord transfigured before their eyes

It is a good thing to reflect on the glory and power of God; after all, as Sons and Daughters of God we will all one day stand before the Lord.  Having died and rose for the forgiveness of our sins, Jesus Christ will gaze into our eyes with understanding, compassion and….power.

Let’s be clear: He is the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.  He is the one before whom all honor and glory and praise is due.  He is the one before whom we will bend our knee and bow our head.

This awesome and mighty image reveals the authority Jesus has in heaven, on earth and under the earth.  He came to our world in our need and restored what was lost through temptation and sin by the wood of His Cross.

The glory of God that we hear about is not meant to drive us away from God out of fear, but rather to inspire us that the Lord’s victory is complete.  The question for us today is simple: Will we accept the grace of Jesus Christ and allow his glory to transfigure our hearts?

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17th Sunday of the Year: The pearl of great price

Study:  Have you ever gotten something you wished for?  In hindsight, was it what you really wanted or needed?

Pray:  What graces or virtues do you need in your life right now?  Ask the Lord with boldness and confidence!

Serve:  How is the Lord leading you to offer your life today?  How can you fulfill God’s command to serve others?

Mass Readings – 17th Sunday of the Year

Here’s a quick review:

  • 1st Reading – Solomon asks God for wisdom and understanding
  • Psalm – “Lord, I love your commands.”
  • 2nd Reading – All things, good and bad, work for good for those who love God
  • Gospel – When you find the pearl of great price, you sell everything you have to acquire it

If the Lord would grant you one request, what would you ask for?  We can learn a lot about ourselves by what we seek, and sometimes we discover when we get it that it might not have truly been the best thing.  Yet, it is the desire in our hearts, however, that tells us if we are on the right track.

Solomon asked to be wise and understanding…a wonderful response!

Jesus uses the parable of the pearl to remind us that there are some things in life so precious that other wishes and requests pale in comparison.  With this in mind, here are a couple of thoughts to consider:

  • What is it you often wish for?
  • Are there any blessings in your life that you might be taking for granted?
  • Do you have your priorities organized?  Are the most important things getting your time, effort and attention?

God will take the sum of our lives – good and bad – and bless it with grace.  As we seek the Lord today, may we bring our hearts and offer ourselves….so that our response will draw us closer to Jesus Christ and one another.

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16th Sunday of the Year: Pulling Weeds. Catholic Inspiration

Mass Readings – 16th Sunday of the Year

Every gardener encounters weeds, and the Lord uses this image in the Gospel of Matthew to remind us that in the garden of our hearts we have a daily opportunity to pull out what does not belong.

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Note: I couldn’t stop with just one picture!  These are taken from my dad’s garden in Cumberland, WI.


Daily Mass: Standing in the presence of God. Catholic Inspiration

Mass Readings – Thursday of the 15th Week of the Year

Moses stands before God and receives his commission to go to Egypt.  It will be hard, but the Lord will walk with him.  As we face our challenges in life, God will give us what we need as well.

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