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Daily Mass: God’s grace in the midst of our weakness. Catholic Inspiration

Jesus casts out a demon that was rendering a boy and his dad in torment.  As the disciples admitted their helplessness, the Lord exhorts them (and us!) to grow in faith.

Mass Readings – Saturday of the 18th Week of the Year

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11th Sunday of the Year: Growth happens when we start small. Catholic Inspiration

Gardeners know that fruitful plants begin from tiny seeds that grow slowly and steadily through a process of change.  God brings about transformation in a similar way in our souls: we start small, work a process of growth and the Lord gives the grace we need.

Mass Readings – 11th Sunday of the Year

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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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Daily Mass: Starting small. Catholic Inspiration

Mass Readings – Tuesday of the 30th Week of the Year

Like a mustard seed and some yeast, the Kingdom of God grows and transforms into something entirely new.  What’s more, this process happens as we offer our lives…following the example of our Lord, Jesus Christ.

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Daily Mass: Steady growth that starts small. Catholic Inspiration

A group of staff and volunteers plant a spiral-patterned display of annual flowers at the Allen Centennial Gardens at the University of Wisconsin-Madison during spring on June 3, 2013. (Photo by Jeff Miller/UW-Madison)

Fr. Andrew’s Daily Mass Homily Podcast

Mass Readings – Friday of the 3rd Week of the Year

Jesus speaks of the Kingdom of Heaven as a mustard seed that grows slowly and steadily, reminding us to be open to the Lord’s grace in our lives today…so that we continue to grow to full stature as disciples of Christ.


Daily Mass: Seeds & Yeast. Catholic Inspiration

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Fr. Andrew’s Daily Mass Homily Podcast

Mass Readings – Tuesday of the 30th Week of the Year

Seeds & Yeast – They start small, grow over time, and die to themselves to bring forth a new creation.  And Jesus says they are like the Kingdom of God!


Daily Mass: A Seed of Faith in a World of Sin. Catholic Inspiration

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Fr. Andrew’s Daily Mass Homily Podcast – Friday of the 3rd Week of the Year

The story of David and Bathsheba sounds like a Biblical soap opera, yet we are reminded that God’s grace overcomes sin – often through slow and steady growth that starts small.  Like a mustard seed, our faith in Christ confronts the challenges of this world and grows into a love that casts out all sin in the light of Christ.

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