Tag Archives: Kingdom of Heaven

21st Sunday of the Year: Unity, Discipline and Heaven. Catholic Inspiration

The readings this Sunday both challenge and console us to foster unity, endure discipline, and focus on the Kingdom of Heaven. While life will not be easy, God will give us what need for the journey.

Mass Readings – 21st Sunday of the Year


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Daily Mass: The banquet of the Kingdom of Heaven…are you ready? Catholic Inspiration

The Lord uses the image of a banquet to teach us about the power, beauty and expectation of the Kingdom of Heaven. Our journey through this life provides countless opportunities for us to prepare our souls to join this heavenly feast. Are we ready?

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


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Daily Mass: Choosing the Kingdom of Heaven. Catholic Inspiration

The Lord teaches that our actions today result in eternal consequences. As we offer the gift of our lives may we be guided by the light of the Kingdom of Heaven.

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


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Daily Mass: Our goal is the Kingdom of Heaven. Catholic Inspiration

In light of the teaching of Jesus in the Gospel today, we can ask ourselves a simple question when confronted by any behavior, response, or action…is this leading me closer to Heaven, or farther away?

Mass Readings – Thursday of the 7th Week of the Year


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Daily Mass: Who is the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven? Catholic Inspiration

How do we measure greatness?  Is it by strength, intelligence, resources or opportunity?  Jesus shows the disciples today that greatness happens when we can become like children – trusting and allowing the Lord’s greatness to direct and empower our lives.

Mass Readings – Tuesday of the 19th Week of the Year (St. Maximilian Kolbe)


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Daily Mass: What’s your treasure? Catholic Inspiration

Jesus teaches us that the Kingdom of Heaven is a treasure so precious that nothing else compares to it.  It’s a good reminder for us when we are distracted or tempted by other things that seek to lead us astray.

Mass Readings – Wednesday of the 17th Week of the Year (St. Alphonsus Liguori)


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11th Sunday of the Year: Growth and change in the Kingdom of God

Study:  Recall a time of profound change and growth in your life.  What helped you become better?

Pray:  Ask the Lord for the grace to face difficult challenges and embrace them.

Serve:  Who in your life is confronting change right now?  How can you help them?

Mass Readings – 11th Sunday of the Year

First, let’s take a quick summary of the key themes in the readings this week:

  • 1st Reading – The Lord plants a tree in Israel
  • Psalm – “Lord, it is good to give thanks to you.”
  • 2nd Reading – We aspire to please God, whether at home or far away
  • Gospel – Jesus offers the parable of the mustard seed

Now that June is in full swing the color green is flourishing across the upper Midwest.  Summer delights the eye with growth and life, and from my view along the shore of Lake Superior this is most evident in the beauty of trees.

I have walked Wisconsin forests my entire life, and I find a peace and serenity among the grandeur and power of trees.  They anchor the soil, provide habitat for wildlife, shade for the weary, and a renewable resource for humanity’s handiwork.

Yet for the majesty of trees, they all start small – from a pine cone or an acorn, a “helicopter” seed or a shoot – massive trees have humble, tender beginnings.

Just like our faith.

We know from our own experience that all good things take time and effort to develop; growth and change occur through new encounters.  The process reminds us of two key points:

  • We have daily opportunities to grow.  Every day provides new ways for us to develop the gifts and talents God has given.
  • We are works in progress.  While we might lament that we are not where we want to be, we can face the challenges before us with the grace of Christ

In the first point we recognize opportunity and growth; in the second point we face obstacles with hope that these challenges will teach us new insights.  Growth and change are part of life.  What’s more, this change almost always begins from a small and humble beginning.

Where in your life do you have opportunities to grow?  Where do you see challenges that will require new ways of thought and action?  Take time to seek the Lord – to start small like a little seed – and grow in these moments into a new creation, guided and empowered to become more fully alive.

Now matter where we are in the journey of faith, may we open our hearts to God’s grace as we grow in faith, hope, and love as disciples of Jesus Christ!


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