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Study, Pray, Serve: 23rd Sunday of the Year

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Let’s take a look at some of the themes in the readings for the 23rd Sunday of the Year.

1st Reading – Wisdom 9:13-18b

  • Our limitations often prevent us from knowing what the Lord intends.
  • God does, however, give us wisdom and the holy spirit to instruct us.

Psalm – 90:3-6,12-17

  • “In every age, O Lord, you have been our refuge.”
  • We recognize our limitations and we call upon the Lord for help.

2nd Reading – Philemon 1:9-10,12-17

  • Paul, now an old man, urges the proper care of Onesimus, a runaway slave.

Gospel – Luke 14:25-33

  • Whoever does not carry his own cross and come after Jesus cannot be his disciple.
  • We renounce the power of possessions in our lives as we follow the Lord.

Mass Readings – 23rd Sunday of the Year


Catholic Inspiration Archives

Study, Pray, Serve: 28th Sunday of the Year

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Let’s take a look at some of the key themes in the readings for this 28th Sunday of the Year.

1st Reading – Wisdom 7:7-11

  • The prayer is for wisdom, preferred and regarded above all other things.
  • A life with wisdom is a blessed life.

Psalm – 90:12-17

  • “Fill us with your love, O Lord, and we will sing for joy!”
  • We put God first in our lives and all other parts of life come into focus.

2nd Reading – Hebrews 4:12-13

  • The Word of God is living and effective, discerning reflections and thoughts of the heart.
  • All is known to God, and one day we will render an account of our lives.

Gospel – Mark 10:17-30

  • A man – faithful to all the commandments – goes away from Jesus sad because he could not give up his possessions.
  • While this is hard to do, when we trust in God all things are possible.

Mass Readings – 28th Sunday of the Year


Daily Mass: How do we use our possessions? Catholic Inspiration


Fr. Andrew’s Daily Mass Homily Podcast

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

Stuff.  It’s all around us, and how we use it says a lot about our faith and values.  May we call upon the Lord for the wisdom and guidance to use our possessions wisely and well.

28th Sunday of the Year – Come Follow Me – Catholic Inspiration

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Fr. Andrew’s 28th Sunday of the Year Homily Podcast

What is the most important thing in your life?  What’s at the center of your life – that which gives meaning, purpose, and perspective to everything else that you do?  The Lord invites us today to focus on him, so that everything we think, say, and do is touched by the grace of Jesus Christ.  With God first, our lives become balanced and empowered – allowing us to use resources, relate with others, and engage our lives with conviction and joy!

28th Sunday of the Year – Come Follow Me


Study:  Reflect on a moment when you put your entire heart into a project.  What did you experience?

Pray:  Ask God for grace to remove obstacles that are you keeping you from the Lord and others.

Serve:  How can you help others follow Jesus Christ?  How can your life strengthen them to focus on the Lord?

28th Sunday of the Year Readings

Fr. Andrew’s Homily Podcast

I confess that I have a real respect for people who show their dedication and conviction to a task.  When I see others put their heart and soul into something:

  • a job or task
  • a sport or hobby
  • music, art, cooking, language
  • relationships, especially with family or friends

I see a passion and joy emerge.  They work hard, often long and grueling hours, yet they love it and they glow with an inner light.  Their dedication gives them meaning, purpose, and a zest for life.

This sense of dedication comes into focus in the Gospel reading today.  The encounter with Jesus and the rich young man reveals both an enthusiasm and a hesitancy to follow God.  The man wants to do what is right, he wants to be holy, but he is not yet ready to offer his entire life.

Where do we see ourselves in the Gospel today?  What might be keeping us back from dedicating our lives to the Lord?  Some obvious obstacles:

  • fear, worry, doubt, anxiety
  • the needs of our family – to put food on the table and keep a roof over our heads
  • distractions and temptations from the world
  • the speed of life is keeping us too busy, and thus we lose our focus and sense of balance

But what happens if we pause, reflect, and dedicate our lives to Jesus Christ?  What happens the minute we reorganize our lives around the Lord, allowing his grace to flow through all our thoughts, words, and actions?  Simply put, we become fully alive – we find in Christ both our strength and peace.  Our lives take on a whole new level of meaning and purpose as we engage one another with renewed sense of faith, hope, and love.

The invitation today is simple:  Put Jesus Christ first in your life.  Let him be your Lord.  Allow him to touch every aspect of your life, and watch as his light shines through your heart!

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