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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!

 


2nd Sunday of the Year – The Call of the Lord

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Study:  Reflect on an experience in life when you have been called to do something.  Who called you?  What did it feel like?

Pray:  Ask the Lord for guidance to discern how to follow Jesus Christ today.

Serve:  Are there people in your life who are experiencing a calling?  How can you help them discover their path?

2nd Sunday of the Year Readings

Fr. Andrew’s Homily Podcast

Have you ever had moments in life when you wish the answers were written in the sky with letters that were clear and easy to read?  Where there is no doubt what to do; no hesitation that a certain choice is the best; no worry that something has been missed?  The question surfaces frequently:  How do we know the Lord’s call for our lives?

In the Scriptures today we have two examples where people are being called by God:

  • The call of Samuel in the temple of the Lord
  • The call of two of John the Baptist’s disciples by Jesus

While each story presents a perspective that is unique, both have some points that are worth noting:

  1. God takes the initiative.  It is the Lord who begins the encounter, speaking Samuel’s name or asking the disciples, “What are you looking for?”
  2. There is a human response.  Samuel calls out, “Here I am” while the disciples begin a conversation, “Where are you staying?”
  3. A call to action.  Both Samuel and disciples do something.  Samuel reaches out to Eli; the disciples stay with Jesus and one of them (Andrew) brings his brother Peter to meet the Lord.

The same three steps continue today.  God keeps inviting!  The Lord’s grace ceaselessly pours out upon the earth, inviting and empowering us to draw closer to God and one another.  Everything we have comes from the Lord, who takes the initiative to reach out to us in love.

Our response – both in word and deed – completes this initiative.  Accepting the Lord’s call we grow in wisdom and strength, developing our God-given gifts for service in the world.  As we continue to say yes to the Lord’s guidance we become more and more alive, become a conduit through which Christ’s mission touches the hearts and lives of others.

So how and where does the Lord speak today?  Where do we look for the call?  A few starting thoughts…

  • Start by reading the Scriptures! (It is the Word of God, after all.)  I recommend first digging into the Gospels.
  • Pray everyday.  It doesn’t have to be very long, but it does have to be real and from your heart.  Take a couple of minutes to count your blessings, make your petitions, and close with the Lord’s Prayer.
  • Reach out to people of faith for fellowship & strength.  (Remember: united we stand!)
  • Go to Confession.  It’s a powerful way to begin again with God’s help.
  • Go to Mass weekly.  (Let’s see: get a Sacrament; hear God’s Word; pray alone and with others; fellowship; with a little peace & silence…not a bad gig.)

May we say yes to the Lord’s call in our lives, responding with full and open hearts, serving one another with the strength of Jesus Christ!