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29th Sunday of the Year: Guided on earth by God’s grace.

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Study:  Name a role model who lives a principled life.  What is it that they say or do that inspires you?

Pray:  Ask the Lord for the strength to make the right choice, especially over a difficult or challenging situation.

Serve:  Is there someone in your life who looks to you for guidance and example?  How can you help them?

Mass Readings – 29th Sunday of the Year

The first reading, psalm, and gospel readings today touch upon the notions of earthly and heavenly governance. Part of our human condition requires that we recognize our need for others; by working with people we unite in strength, and by serving the Lord we understand our values and priorities in life.

Let’s start first with human governance. In the first reading from Isaiah we hear how God has anointed Cyrus – the pagan king – as the instrument for Israel’s redemption. While the king does not know the Law or the Prophets, he gives the people of Israel a new opportunity by conquering their enemy, Babylon.

This distinction between the pagan King and the people’s faith is a helpful guide for us today. While Christianity has made countless contributions to Western Civilization, we find ourselves living in a culture that has many non-Christian influences. Some are good, some neutral, and others are just plain bad. Yet Isaiah teaches us today to look for what is good and useful, recognizing that God can work through a variety of instruments.

Since we live in this world filled with all these different elements, we are constantly challenged to discern and choose those options which are good, holy, and true. It is not always easy! Indeed, we can find ourselves confronted by issues that push and stretch us in a variety of ways.

So how do we decide? The gospel today offers a gem from the Lord:

“Repay to Caesar what belongs to Caesar
And to God what belongs to God.”
Matthew 22:21

We have duties and obligations as members of both heaven and earth. In the world we have our responsibilities – voting and jury duty, abiding civil laws, serving in local organizations, and actively living as good citizens. And as a people of faith, we are bound to follow the teaching and commandments of Jesus Christ.

So what do we do in a conflict? In the end we remember that all creation is the Lord’s. When pushed to extreme, we follow Christ. God made this world, and one day we will be called out of it. May our example show to others our desire to be good citizens – both on earth, and in heaven.

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Note: This blog was originally published on October 13, 2014. 


Daily Mass: Lead me Lord, in your justice. Catholic Inspiration

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Amidst the temptations and deceits that come before us in the messy moments of life, we echo the vigilant cry of the Psalmist: “Lead me Lord, in your justice.”

Mass Readings – Monday of the 23rd Week of the Year

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Daily Mass: Facing change with the gift of faith. Catholic Inspiration

St. Matthias was chosen by the Apostles to replace Judas Iscariot. This transition offers us an example of how our faith can help us navigate the ever-present effects of change and transition in our lives.

Mass Readings – The Feast of St. Matthias

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Daily Mass: The Lord is my shepherd. Catholic Inspiration

The 23rd Psalm holds a special place in the hearts of many, and for good reason; these words have brought comfort and guidance for thousands of years…and may they do so in ours today.

Mass Readings – Saturday of the 6th Week of the Year

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Daily Mass: God’s power works through us. Catholic Inspiration

The disciples return to Jesus with joy as they acknowledge his power at work in their ministry.  This power continues today whenever we open our hearts to the grace of Jesus Christ.

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

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Daily Mass: Guide me, Lord! Catholic Inspiration

The Psalm response invites us to accept God’s guidance as we carry out the Lord’s commands.  It’s not enough to know our faith; the real test is when we put it into practice each and every day.

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

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Pentecost: Come Holy Spirit! Catholic Inspiration

The Holy Spirit transforms the Lord’s disciples, empowering them in the face of adversity and uniting them in love.  The same Spirit continues to work in our lives today, inviting us to call out for the help and guidance we need as we journey through this life.

Mass Readings – Vigil

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4th Sunday of Advent: Be not afraid. Catholic Inspiration

The angel Gabriel tells Mary to “be not afraid” as she hears the news of her role in salvation history.  In our moments of doubt and fear may we follow Mary’s example and turn to the Lord with renewed faith, asking for the grace and strength we need to face our challenges with God’s guidance.

Mass Readings – 4th Sunday of Advent

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29th Sunday of the Year: Our eyes are fixed on Heaven as we make our way on earth. Catholic Inspiration

Mass Readings – 29th Sunday of the Year

Jesus avoids a trap while offering us a way to live within the tensions between this world and the next.  The solution: seek God first.  With Christ as our guide we keep our eyes fixed on Heaven, as we make our way here on earth.

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Daily Mass: Be a light that shines in the darkness. Catholic Inspiration

Mass Readings – Saturday of the 28th Week of the Year

The Lord reminds us of two important facts: first, we will encounter tough times for the sake of the Gospel; second, we will be given the grace we need to face them.  May the light of Jesus Christ shine in our hearts during dark moments as we seek to follow the Lord through this life.

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