Tag Archives: Jesus Christ

Daily Mass: The natural consequences of sin. Catholic Inspiration

The Lord reproaches the people of Chorazin, Bethsaida and Capernaum because they did not repent when they witnessed the mighty acts of God. We, too, have been given much by God; will we turn to the Lord and live?

Mass Readings – Tuesday of the 15th Week of the Year

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16th Sunday of the Year: How the Lord meets us

Study:  Consider a profound moment when you felt God’s presence.  What made this possible?

Pray:  Are you feeling drawn toward a certain activity or task?  Ask the Lord for guidance.

Serve:  What types of service do you find most rewarding?  How does helping others lead you to Christ?

Mass Readings – 16th Sunday of the Year

Here’s a quick overview of the readings this week:

  • 1st Reading – Abraham recognizes the Lord in the three visitors
  • Psalm – “who does justice will live in the presence of the Lord”
  • 2nd Reading – Through suffering we participate in the life of Christ
  • Gospel – Martha & Mary

One way to reflect on these verses is to see how the Lord meets us in the pattern of daily life.  Consider:

  1. Hospitality – serving others
  2. Justice – standing up for what is right, true, and good
  3. Suffering – caring for those in need, and bearing our own pain as well
  4. Listening – pausing from our labors to hear the Lord in our lives

We understand that our relationship with God touches multiple aspects of our lives, such as prayer, sacraments, relationships, work, and recreation.  The invitation today encourages us to see with our hearts how the Lord is present to us in the current moment.

Does it mean that we serve with a joyful heart?  That we swiftly respond to injustice?  That we compassionately care for others?  That we stop and “smell the roses” in moments of rest & renewal, beauty & blessing?  In all these ways we are led back to the Lord, recognizing the gifts God gives us with a grateful heart.

How is God present in your life right now?  May our response bring us closer to Christ and one another.

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Note: This post was first published on July 11, 2016.


15th Sunday of the Year: Love your neighbor. Catholic Inspiration

In this passage from the Gospel of Luke the Lord teaches his disciples that the term “neighbor” applies to all people, regardless of race, color, religion or political view.  Using the example of the Good Samaritan, Jesus reveals how we are called to respond with mercy toward all.

Mass Readings – 15th Sunday of the Year

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Daily Mass: God’s grace casts out fear. Catholic Inspiration

Three times in the Gospel today Jesus tells his disciples to be not afraid.  Three times!  The fact is, fear is a part of the landscape of our lives, and with God’s help we can face it with faith as we follow the Lord.

Mass Readings – Saturday of the 14th Week of the Year

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Daily Mass: Growing in Mind, Heart and Soul. Catholic Inspiration

Matthew’s Gospel reminds us that we are called by the Lord to use all our resources of mind, heart and soul.  Each of these aspects of our humanity fosters our growth as disciples as we offer our lives for the glory of God.

Mass Readings – Friday of the 14th Week of the Year

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Daily Mass: Reconciling within our families. Catholic Inspiration

The story of Joseph in the Book of Genesis recounts the power of reconciliation within a family.  Joseph chooses the higher path and overcomes hatred and discord as he returns compassion toward his brothers.  His example inspires us to examine our own families and actively seek opportunities to foster peace.

Mass Readings – Thursday of the 14th Week of the Year (St. Benedict)

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Daily Mass: God calls us by name. Catholic Inspiration

The call of the twelve Apostles reveals the personal connection Jesus has with his disciples.  Called by name (with their own unique strengths and weaknesses) the Lord will empower them to serve in his name.  The Lord does the same for us!

Mass Readings – Wednesday of the 14th Week of the Year

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