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Daily Mass: God’s judgment at the end of the age. Catholic Inspiration

Like fishermen who cast their nets and then sort their catch on land, Jesus teaches that we will be sorted at the end of time.  Knowing that there will come a day when we will judged can help us live each day as a precious gift that is meant to be lived with faithful conviction.

Mass Readings – Thursday of the 17th Week of the Year

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Daily Mass: Wheat and Weeds. Catholic Inspiration

Sometimes we might be tempted to downplay the presence of evil and final judgment…no so, today, in the Gospel of Matthew!  The Lord explains a parable with grim consequences for those who choose to follow the path that leads to death and eternal damnation.

Mass Readings – Tuesday of the 17th Week of the Year (St. Ignatius of Loyola)

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Daily Mass: What will you harvest in your heart? Catholic Inspiration

Sometimes we can take for granted the time we have on earth, delaying important and even crucial tasks until it is too late.  The Lord reminds us that in the end there will be a harvest…and the crop we grow will determine our destination in eternal life.

Mass Readings – Saturday of the 16th Week of the Year

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Daily Mass: Jesus the Just Judge. Catholic Inspiration

The Gospel of John reveals the relationship between Jesus and his heavenly Father, establishing Christ as the Just Judge before whom we will all stand.  Our opportunity is to take each day as a precious gift, reconciling our hearts and seeking to follow the Lord with all our heart.

Mass Readings – Wednesday of the 4th Week of Lent

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The Last Judgment, Michelangelo, 1536-1541, Sistine Chapel, Rome, Italy.


Daily Mass: Are you working for the Lord? Catholic Inspiration

Jesus offers a parable about servants who have been given resources by their master.  The passage reminds us that we have all been blessed with opportunities to serve the Lord, and everyday we have a chance to act upon them.

Mass Readings – Wednesday of the 33rd Week of the Year (St. Cecilia)

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33rd Sunday of the Year: What will you make of your life? Catholic Inspiration

Mass Readings – 33rd Sunday of the Year

The Gospel reading makes it clear that all of us will be judged according to what we have been given in this life.  Our invitation?  To take stock of the gifts and talents we have and make something special for the glory of God.

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33rd Sunday of the Year: Working, waiting, and accountable to God.

Study: Consider a moment when you were held accountable to a task.  What did it feel like?

Pray: Is there something that needs to be attended to in your life?  Ask the Lord for guidance to carry it out.

Serve:  How can offer support to someone who is working through a challenging task right now?

Mass Readings – 33rd Sunday of the Year

On this last weekend of Ordinary Time we have some interesting readings to consider.

  • 1st Reading – Proverbs offers praiseworthy qualities of a good wife.
  • Psalm – “Blessed are those who fear the Lord.”
  • 2nd Reading – We remain sober and alert in the light of Jesus Christ.
  • Gospel – Jesus tells the parable of the three servants entrusted with different amounts by their master, explaining what happened when the master returned home.

Our faith assures us that the world will one day come to an end.  This is not meant to scare us, but rather to guide us with the knowledge that our lives have meaning and purpose as we prepare in this life for the life to come.  Furthermore, when we die we understand that there will be an accounting of how we lived the precious and holy gift of life.

It’s this notion of being accountable that I suggest as a reflection today.  The Book of Proverbs extols the virtues of a hard working and compassionate wife, reminding the reader that “charm is deceptive and beauty fleeting.”  What lives on are the virtues, prayers, gifts of the Spirit and graces which God pours into our hearts which we share with one another.

And while we know that there will be a Day of Reckoning, we do not know the hour; this insights reminds us to follow St. Paul’s advice to be “sober and alert” each and every day – ready and eager for the Lord’s return.

What’s more, when that day comes, we will be judged with the awareness of our own unique situation.  Like the three servants in the Gospel, we have all been given different talents, opportunities, resources and skills.  It is neither a comparison nor a contest; rather, we will each be judged by how we worked and waited with what God put into our lives.

The invitation today:  Are we prepared for the Lord’s return?  Have we attended to our duties and tasks, or do we have unfinished business?  Are there situations that require our attention and care?  Sooner or later, the Lord will come…may he find us ready and waiting.

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