Tag Archives: Guidance

The Archangels: Michael, Gabriel and Raphael. Catholic Inspiration

Mass Readings – The Feast of the Archangels Michael, Gabriel and Raphael

The world can be a dangerous place where we encounter struggles that test us to the limit.  Today we are reminded that we are not alone; in the order of creation God’s angels are among us, and some of them are appointed to help us in times of need.  Among them the archangels are God’s “heavy hitters” who remind us to call for help when times are tough.

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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: Learning and sharing the Faith. Catholic Inspiration

Mass Readings – Thursday of the 3rd Week of Easter

Philip took time to instruct the Ethiopian eunuch about the book of the prophet Isaiah, which led to his conversion and baptism.  Every day we have opportunities to share our faith and help guide others so that they can grow as disciples of Jesus Christ.

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Daily Mass: Transfiguration hope. Catholic Inspiration

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

On the mountain Jesus is transfigured, appearing to three disciples as he stands in Heaven.  His transfiguration offers us hope, that as we carry our crosses and face the challenges of life we will have the strength and guidance we need.

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5th Sunday of the Year: You are the light of the world. Catholic Inspiration

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Mass Readings – 5th Sunday of the Year

Jesus proclaims to his disciples that they are the light of the world, an uplifting testament to the opportunity we have to make a difference in our world as we offer the gift of our lives to God.

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Daily Mass: Christ the Great Shepherd. Catholic Inspiration

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Mass Readings – Saturday of the 4th Week of the Year

Christ, the Great Shepherd, looks upon our weakness with compassion and reaches out to guide and strengthen us for the journey through this life and into the next.

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3rd Sunday of the Year: Light and Darkness

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Study: When in your life have you experienced moments of darkness?  Where did you find the light to guide your way?

Pray:  Are you struggling with the darkness today?  Pray that the Lord will shine radiant light into your life.

Serve: Do you know someone who seems “in the dark” right now?  How can you bring the light of Christ to others?

Mass Readings – 3rd Sunday of the Year

The readings offer several rich themes this week:

  • 1st Reading – The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light
  • Psalm – “The Lord is my light and my salvation.”
  • 2nd Reading – Agree in what you say, and let there be no divisions among you
  • Gospel – John the Baptist dies, and Jesus embarks on his public ministry

The 1st reading from the prophet Isaiah, the Psalm, and the Gospel of Matthew all reference light and darkness.  The imagery speaks to us on many levels:

  • Light is necessary for sight
  • Light brings comfort and consolation
  • Light is a sign of God’s grace and presence

And yet we know that darkness is also part of our existence.  In our modern world we often do all that we can to drive the darkness away, but if you have ever been out in the country (away from all the city lights) you begin to get a sense of what most people were acquainted with through human history.

Things hide in the dark.  Crime often occurs in the dark.  Fear, anxiety, worry and distress often increase in the darkness.  While the darkness is not bad in itself, we often associate it with many challenges and concerns that form the landscape of our our hearts.

Today we hear once again how God’s light casts out all darkness.  God’s grace offers us hope, peace, and strength to face the darkness of life with conviction and trust.  We know that life is not easy; we face our burdens confident that the Lord will light our way.

Where is the darkness in your life right now?  Face it with the light of Jesus Christ!  Let the Lord’s light shine in our hearts and lives, offering us the wisdom and direction we need to live our faith today.