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Daily Mass: The testimony for Jesus Christ. Catholic Inspiration

When questioned about the “testimony” he can offer about himself, Jesus points to John the Baptist, his works and the words of his Father.  Finally, he directs people to reflect upon Moses, whose words and actions are fulfilled in the saving passion, death and resurrection of the Christ.

Mass Readings – Thursday of the 4th Week of Lent

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27th Sunday of the Year: Marriage…and divorce

Study:  Reflect on the strongest marriages you know.  What are the qualities and behaviors that you see in these couples?

Pray:  Who do you know is struggling with divorce?  Ask the Lord to give them guidance and strength.

Serve:  Are there couples you can support in their marriage?  Are there people wounded by divorce in your life?  How can you help them today?

Mass Readings – 27th Sunday of the Year

In our current culture you would be hard pressed to find anyone who hasn’t been touched by the reality of divorce in either family or friendship.  Divorce is part of the landscape of our lives, and we find ourselves confronted by a real challenge:

  • We want to promote marriage in a strong, healthy, and wholesome way
  • We acknowledge those who are wounded and struggling from divorce

The sacrament of Marriage proclaims a fundamental reality that has both earthly and heavenly dimensions.  On earth we recognize the union of a man and woman as part God’s plan which fosters intimacy, love, and the possibility of new life.  Sexual expression within marriage becomes a blessed event, whereby the two become one.

This sense of unity that is present in marriage echoes the complete unity we have with the Lord.  Jesus Christ is the bridge that joins us to the Father; God the Son took on our human form so that we could be reunited with the Father.  Sin no longer divides us.

Yet division is part of our human experience, and nowhere is this more evident than in the reality of divorce.  Life is messy, awkward, and challenging – and we all know that there are times when situations melt down and relationships unravel.  We regret it, we lament it, we wish it could have been different…and we recognize that there is real pain and loss – but we have to find a way to deal with it.

So how do we foster marriage and at the same time help those who experience divorce?  While there are several essential elements, I suggest a few key points:

  • We rededicate daily our Christian conviction to love one another
  • We vigilantly seek opportunities to practice forgiveness
  • We extend mercy toward others in their weakness and need
  • We stand for justice, and uphold our virtues and values
  • We help our children to learn from our examples – both successes and mistakes

But perhaps most importantly of all – we reach out to one another: walking with those who are single, supporting those who are married, and helping those who are divorced.  We need each other, and when we are united we are vastly stronger than when we are isolated.

Take time this week to consider the people in your life.  How can you help them follow Christ?  How can your life bless others in their vocation as they strive to live it?  How can you be a healing agent who strengthens marriage and helps those wounded by divorce?  We need each other, and we call upon the Lord for grace as we remember the words of the Psalm Response:

May the Lord bless us all the days of our lives.

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Note: This post was first published on September 29, 2015. 


26th Sunday of the Year: Jealousy and Greed in the human heart

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Study:  Reflect on a situation where you have experienced either jealousy or greed.  How did you move past it?  (HAVE you moved past it?)

Pray:  Ask the Lord for the grace to confront these vices and replace them with the Love, Joy, and Peace of Christ.

Serve:  Is there something that you can do to help break the cycle of greed or jealousy in your life today?  How can your life show others a better way to live?

Mass Readings – 26th Sunday of the Year

Whew!  While every week the Scripture readings give us plenty to ponder about, we are confronted this week with some particularly nasty (but common) elements that can surface in the human heart:

  • Jealousy – to be worried someone will take what we already have
  • Greed – an excessive desire to have more than what is appropriate, right or just

We know that Joshua and John are great figures in the history of our faith.  Joshua, as the successor of Moses, will lead the people as they claim their space in the Promised Land after their enslavement in Egypt.  He is God-fearing and righteous.  John is a close companion of the Lord, the brother of James, who has been personally called by Jesus to follow and be “a fisher of men.”

Empowered by God with particular graces, both are chosen for special work of leadership, yet they make the common (and altogether too human) mistake of getting their noses bent out of joint because great things are happening of which they are not a part.  Sound familiar?

Ever had a moment when you were upset because you were afraid that someone was moving in on your turf?  Taking over a work, task, ministry, or role that was yours?  While it’s true that there are times when people unfairly gobble up the work of others, it is also true that sometimes we are at fault because our expectations are too limited: we have assumed that the work, task, ministry, or role was ONLY ours to control.  We can cultivate assumptions that opportunities are strictly limited – that there is no room to share with others – and that we alone are allowed or expected to act.

Yet this is not how the Lord works!  Both Jesus and Moses welcome others to participate in the Good News – to prophesy, to drive out evil, to bring life and hope.  Simply put, there is room for others to help, for the obvious reason that the needs of the world are vast.  A question then arises: Do we share?  Do we welcome and encourage others to join us in God’s work?

James hits us over the head with greed – an inappropriate hunger for more (often wealth) that shows no regard for the needs and rights of others.  Greed (one of the 7 Deadly Sins) is one of those ugly vices that we always despise in others and often overlook in ourselves.  And while an insatiable desire for money is an easy target, remember that greed can also appear in little ways:

  • a little more food
  • a little more praise
  • a little more attention
  • a little more respect

When greed takes over we can lose our sense of balance and perspective.  People can get lost as we place a higher value on the thing we greedily seek.  The sad thing is, we might get what we desire, but we can lose that which is most important: the opportunity to love and be loved by the people in our lives.

We know jealousy and greed first hand: these are real vices that can fester in our souls.  The question today…how will we respond to their presence?  Jesus invites us in to the Gospel today to pluck them out!  They have no place in Heaven, and here on earth they are obstacles that keep us from the Lord and one another.

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Note: This post was first published on September 22, 2015.


Daily Mass: You are witnesses of these things. Catholic Inspiration

After the resurrection Jesus appears to the Apostles and explains how he has fulfilled the prophecies within the Sacred Scriptures; that it was necessary for the Christ to suffer, die and be raised on the third day.  He concludes this passage with a powerful exhortation, “You are witnesses of these things.”  Our faith was built on the witness of others, and our lived example of faith helps others encounter the Risen Lord today.

Mass Readings – Thursday of the Octave of Easter

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Daily Mass: Speaking with the Lord. Catholic Inspiration

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

Moses speaks face-to-face with the Lord, to the point that his face becomes dazzlingly bright.  Everyday in our prayer and sacraments we, too, can encounter Jesus Christ in a powerful and personal way…transforming our lives as well.

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Daily Mass: The Lord speaks to our hearts. Catholic Inspiration

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

God speaks to the people in great and small ways, reminding us that the Lord continues to touch our hearts and invite us to respond.

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Daily Mass: Standing in the presence of God. Catholic Inspiration

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

Moses stands before God and receives his commission to go to Egypt.  It will be hard, but the Lord will walk with him.  As we face our challenges in life, God will give us what we need as well.

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