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Daily Mass: Practical advice about broken relationships. Catholic Inspiration

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Jesus offers practical advice for dealing with broken relationships in a way that is empowering and crucial for our personal growth.

Mass Readings – Wednesday of the 19th Week of the Year

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Daily Mass: God searches and saves us when we are lost. Catholic Inspiration

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Jesus teaches that our heavenly Father rejoices whenever the lost are found and returned to safety. Here’s a little hint: that means us.

Mass Readings – Tuesday of the 19th Week of the Year

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Daily Mass: To become like a grain of wheat. Catholic Inspiration

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Like the grain of wheat that falls to the ground and dies to become a new and fruitful plant, we die to our sins and rise with Christ as a new creation filled with God’s grace through the fruitful offering of our lives.

Mass Readings – Feast of St. Lawrence

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20th Sunday of the Year: Kindness and hospitality to all.

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Study:  Recall a time when you were a stranger – at school, work, or in a new community.  How did it feel?  What was it like when someone welcomed you?

Pray:  Seek the Lord for guidance, especially to recognize and respond to those in search of a place to fit in.

Serve:  Who do you know right now who would benefit from a simple welcome?  How can you practice hospitality to someone today?

20th Sunday of the Year Readings

One of the things I enjoy whenever I go on vacation is the opportunity to pray at other parishes as a parishioner.  I put on a pair of slacks, a button down shirt, and I walk in as a stranger.  Nobody knows that I am a priest, and so I have the privilege to see a parish firsthand – like an ordinary visitor.

I find many insights when I walk in.  I try to keep my ears and eyes open, observing how people react to one another.  Do they smile?  Do they go out of their way to welcome?  Do they take the time to greet and help one another in their need?

As a stranger in these parishes I am an outsider, unknown without history or recognition.  I have no connections to families, businesses, or authority.  In other words, hospitality is often the only reason why anyone would speak to me; they have no other practical reason to do so.  Sure, they might want a new parishioner, but you can usually distinguish between sincerity and a sales pitch:  one comes from the heart, the other goes for the wallet.

When I encounter a welcoming parish, I always take mental notes.  What can I bring back to the Cathedral?  What actions already affirm what we do?  I usually scribble my notes on a piece of paper, saving them for a special opportunity to put them into practice.

Hospitality is a central part of the Christian life.  We reach out to strangers, visitors, and guests, because throughout time people of faith have discovered God’s presence whenever they have reached out to others.

The readings today have a common theme.  While God has spoken through a particular people (namely Israel), God calls all people – even strangers and foreigners – through faith to prayer and worship.  The gift and call to the Jewish people is “irrevocable” as Paul writes today.  Yet through this call people have seen the saving power of Christ and responded with life and joy as they welcome family, friends, and strangers to fellowship.

Practically, we live this theme whenever we reach out to one another.  When we recognize that God calls all people, we discover that we are part of a vast and rich family – fellow inhabitants on this rock we call planet Earth.

This is why we go out of our way to welcome one another.  This is why we take the time to introduce ourselves, greeting and meeting fellow members of a much larger family.  Whenever we take the time to reach out to one another, we live out our most basic call – welcoming one another with the hospitality of a people of faith.

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Note: This post was first published on August 11, 2014.


19th Sunday of the Year: Facing our Fears. Catholic Inspiration

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The fears shown by the disciples and Peter reveal a common human experience. How we face our fears – through our values and our faith – empowers us to live our lives with conviction and power.

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Mass Readings – 19th Sunday of the Year


Daily Mass: Growing in grace and flourishing in faith. Catholic Inspiration

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As the disciples struggle to cast out a demon from a small child, the Lord reminds them that all things are possible if we have a flourishing faith in the Him.

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

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Daily Mass: We take up the Cross of Christ. Catholic Inspiration

Jesus teaches us that the path to eternal life requires us to take up our cross. During our lives we will make countless offerings to the Lord, and through these sacrifices we will experience the triumph of the Cross of Christ.

Readings – Friday of the 18th Week of the Year

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The Transfiguration of the Lord. Catholic Inspiration

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Peter, James and John see Jesus in a moment of dazzling glory as the Lord prepares to journey on to Jerusalem for his Passion on the Cross. In our tough times may the Lord’s light shine on our hearts to encourage us to stay the course.

Mass Readings – The Transfiguration of the Lord

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Daily Mass: An example of persistent faith. Catholic Inspiration

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A mother repeatedly calls out to Jesus to cure her daughter from a demon. She is not Jewish and does not share the same cultural heritage, but the Lord heals her girl because of the persistent strength of her faith.

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

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Daily Mass: An insight from the prophet Jeremiah. Catholic Inspiration

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The prophet Jeremiah states with blunt truthfulness the situation of the people of Israel, and at the same time shows them hope through the saving power of God.

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

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