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Daily Mass: Jesus teaches “church work” to the Apostles. Catholic Inspiration

The Lord offers an example of ministry and then empowers the Apostles to do the same.  Our Church today is not only founded on their work, but continues through our efforts to proclaim the Gospel in our lives today.

Mass Readings – Saturday of the 1st Week of Advent

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1st Sunday of Advent: Are you ready?

Study: Consider an experience where you were able to be still, pause and reflect.  How can you make that pattern happen this Advent?

Pray: Carve out a few minutes this season for quiet prayer.  Reflect on your life and invite the Lord to dwell in your heart.

Serve: There are many opportunities this time of year to help others.  Look around for an activity that speaks to your soul.

Mass Readings – 1st Sunday of Advent

Advent is one of those seasons that has the power to surprise us.  Just like the relationship between Lent and Easter, Advent offers us a time to prepare our hearts for the great feast of Christmas.  In this short season we discover the themes of Preparation, Waiting, Expectation, Repentance, and Stillness.

The thing is…if we aren’t ready for Advent then the whirlwind rush of December can sweep us up into the frenzy of the commercial side of the holiday.  Many people are so busy – concerts, parties, family events, purchasing gifts and partaking of the “forced fun” of consumerism’s attempt at a Hallmark Christmas…

Whew!  Instead, we can take a deep breath, pray, and reflect on where the Lord is leading us at this moment in our lives.  Consider the readings this Sunday:

  • 1st Reading – Isaiah acknowledges that the people are far from God
  • Psalm – “Lord make us turn to you; show us your face and we shall be saved.”
  • 2nd Reading – St. Paul encourages the people of Corinth to be faithful to the end.
  • Gospel – The Lord exhorts us to be watchful and alert.

So in these short days of preparation here are a few questions to ponder:

  • Where I can find a little stillness and quiet in my life?
  • How is the Lord calling me to pray?
  • Is there anything or anyone that requires special attention?
  • Where is the Lord leading me right now?
  • What do I need to do as I prepare for Christmas?
  • How can I help someone in this quiet season of Advent?

You get the idea.  Step back, pause, and consider in the busy pace that many of us call normal how the Lord is directing your heart.  Advent has a beauty and power; our task is to enter into this season and allow God to speak to our souls.

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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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Daily Mass: Serving the Lord. Catholic Inspiration

Mass Readings – Tuesday of the 32nd Week of the Year

What does it mean to follow Jesus Christ?  As his disciples we draw near to the one who has given us everything: life, redemption, eternal life and communion with God and one another.  What’s more, we follow the Lord’s example – serving one another – as the primary mode by which share God’s gifts.

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Daily Mass: It’s all about trust. Catholic Inspiration

Mass Readings – Saturday of the 31st Sunday of the Year (St. Martin of Tours)

Trust is an essential ingredient in our relationships, and Jesus reveals two key concepts that help us become more trustworthy with the Lord and one another.

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Daily Mass: A problem, a solution and a response. Catholic Inspiration

Mass Readings – Tuesday of the 29th Week of the Year

Paul’s letter to the Romans outlines a problem and solution for humanity; the psalm and Gospel describe our response.  May we offer our lives to the Lord with eager attentiveness.

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