Tag Archives: Invitation

Monday Conversation: Sharing our faith in the world today. Catholic Inspiration

How can we share our faith with those around us? Some simple and practical considerations include service, invitation, technology and word of mouth…and perhaps one of these will speak to our hearts today as we proclaim the Good News to those we meet.

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Daily Mass: Inviting others to meet Jesus. Catholic Inspiration

St. Philip offers us an example about how to invite another person (in this case Nathaniel) to meet Jesus. We, too, can be a bridge that brings someone to the Lord today.

Mass Readings – Saturday of the 20th Week of the Year (St. Bartholomew)

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Daily Mass: Our response to God’s invitation. Catholic Inspiration

The parable in the Gospel of Matthew shows a variety of responses to an invitation.  The same is true for our response to the Lord’s invitation to live our faith.  What will we do today?

Mass Readings – Thursday of the 20th Week of the Year

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Daily Mass: The blessing and burden of faith. Catholic Inspiration

Mass Readings – Saturday of the 3rd Week of Easter

The first reading and the Gospel are at opposite ends of how people respond to the call of faith.  In the first reading Peter’s prayer in the name of Jesus restores a dead woman, Tabitha, to life; in the Gospel the invitation of the Lord to eat his body and drink his blood causes many to walk away.  It begs the question: How’s your faith?  Is it vibrant or feeble, building others up or filled with doubts?

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Daily Mass: Our Response and Preparation. Catholic Inspiration

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Fr. Andrew’s Daily Mass Homily Podcast

Mass Readings – Thursday of the 20th Week of the Year

To respond to a call is one thing, to come prepared with one’s best effort is another.  As we follow the Lord’s call we renew our hearts to give God our very best.


21st Sunday of the Year – Calling all the nations

Study:  Consider a time when you were personally invited to participate in an event.  How did it feel?  How did you respond?

Pray:  Is there a difficult situation or decision confronting you right now?  Ask the Lord for guidance and wisdom.

Serve:  Are there people in your life who are struggling to respond to a circumstance in life?  How can you help them?

Mass Readings – 21st Sunday of the Year

Here are some key points that surface in the readings this week:

  • 1st Reading – The Lord comes “to gather nations of every language.”
  • Psalm – “Go out to all the world and tell the Good News.”
  • 2nd Reading – Consider difficulties and trials as “discipline” in the faith.
  • Gospel – People will come from east/west, north/south to recline in the Kingdom of God.

A crucial theme emerges from the first reading, psalm and Gospel around the global call to all nations to draw near to the kingdom of God.  Language, race, color, and creed are not obstacles but rather variations of the diversity of God’s creation.  Simply put, all people are called to draw near to the Lord.  The invitation is open to everyone.

Of course, not everyone will listen and respond.  Some will reject the message, others will get caught up in distractions, while still others will pursue things that are contrary to a life in Christ.  Thus it is crucial to note that while all are invited, each person has the freedom to choose his or her own unique path in life.

The second reading to the Hebrews helps us to see the challenges of life as a form of discipline – where we face obstacles and grow stronger in God’s grace – which helps us grow as disciples.  Here the focus is not that life will be easy, but rather that in our trials we draw closer to Jesus Christ and become more completely sons and daughters of God.

How is the Lord calling you today, and what will be your response?  Where are the challenges in your life…and how will you respond?  We recognize that God’s invitation and daily difficulties come to all of us.  Today we reflect on how we respond to the Lord in a faithful, vibrant way.


5th Sunday of the Year – Here I am Lord, Send Me

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Study:  Recall a moment where you felt that God was prompting you to action.  What motivated you to act?  What held you back?

Pray:  What grace do you need to carry out your current tasks?  Storm heaven for the strength you require.

Serve:  How can you make an ordinary action extraordinary?  How can you do a little thing with great love?

5th Sunday of the Year Readings

Fr. Andrew’s Homily Podcast

The readings incorporate the theme of being sent on mission:

  • 1st Reading – Isaiah responding to the Lord’s invitation
  • Psalm – Responding to the Lord’s call with songs of praise
  • 2nd Reading – Paul’s recap of the response of the apostles
  • Gospel – Jesus making “fishers of men” of the Peter & the apostles

In all these cases some common points surface:

  1. God takes the initiative and calls us
  2. We (however unworthy) are invited to respond
  3. God provides the grace and strength
  4. We are called to offer our lives in action

These are beautiful thoughts as we sit on the doorstep of Lent!  Friends, God continues to call us – providing grace – that we might respond and offer our lives for service in the world.  So let’s turn these points around from our perspective:

  1. How has the Lord called each one of us…today?
  2. What excuses or obstacles are keeping us from responding?
  3. What particular grace do we need from the Lord – ask for it!
  4. Remember: all action – great or small – that we offer will be blessed by God to make a difference in the world.

May our words follow the example of Isaiah in the first reading today:  Here am I, Lord…send me!