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Daily Mass: What we do and How we do it. Catholic Inspiration

The Psalm Response inspires us to help one another with a kind and gracious heart. As we determine what we can do today, may we also decide how to do it in a manner worthy of Jesus.

Mass Readings – Wednesday of the 31st Week of the Year

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Daily Mass: Living a just life for the Lord. Catholic Inspiration

Psalm 15 offers some beautiful advice for living a just life for the Lord.  Holiness is not just found in the extraordinary; often, our most powerful Christian witness occurs in the normal, everyday interactions that we have with one another.

Mass Readings – Tuesday of the 12th Week of the Year

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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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Daily Mass: The greatest must be a servant. Catholic Inspiration

Mass Readings – Wednesday of the 2nd Week of Lent

Who are the greatest among us?  Those who serve and act as instruments of the grace and power of Christ.  May we all become great!

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Daily Mass: Helping one another. Catholic Inspiration

Mass Readings – Tuesday of the 2nd Week of Lent

One way we can measure our success as disciples: how we help one another.  Whether it is the justice described by Isaiah or the example of Jesus in the Gospel, the Lord accepts our service toward one another as if it were done to Him.

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Christmas Season: Let us love in deed and in truth. Catholic Inspiration

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Fr. Andrew’s Daily Mass Homily Podcast

Mass Readings – Christmas Season (St. John Neumann)

The first reading invites us to love one another in deed and in truth, putting our faith into practice as we recognize the needs of those around us and respond with the compassion of Jesus Christ.


26th Sunday of the Year – The rich man and Lazarus

Study:  Is there a particular need that keeps coming to your attention?  Reflect on how your resources might be used to help another.

Pray:  Ask the Lord to see more clearly the needs of the poor and respond with wisdom and compassion.

Serve:  Is there a simple action that you can do right now to help another?  How can you make it happen?

Mass Readings – 26th Sunday of the Year

The parable of the rich man and Lazarus speaks timelessly to our modern day culture.  Without a doubt we can all acknowledge the many, many ways that we have been materially blessed in our country, and this parable invites us to pay careful attention to how we respond to the needs of those who struggle for the basic necessities of life.

Let’s face it: there are way too many people living in desperate circumstances.  Some are within our own communities and countless millions suffer needlessly because they do not have adequate food, clothing, or shelter.  With so much need in the world we can sometimes become overwhelmed.  Where to start?  How can our little bit help when the need is so great?

And perhaps that’s the key – that we start with something within our reach.  Perhaps we have a connection close at hand that provides us with opportunities to make a difference (no matter how big or small) in the lives of others.

That leaves us with two simple questions to consider today:

  1. Where do we see obvious need in our world right now?
  2. Is there a practical and direct way that we can help?

As disciples of Jesus Christ we cannot close our eyes to the needs of the poor, and if we cannot solve all the world’s problems at least we can seek out ways to be part of a solution for someone.  Also, it’s always good to remember that whatever gift we give, God will take it and bless it in ways we cannot imagine.