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Daily Mass: God seeks what is lost and rejoices when it is found. Catholic Inspiration

Jesus reveals how God looks at us in our wounded and vulnerable state.  Seeking what is lost and rejoicing when found, the Lord thus teaches us how to relate to one another.

Mass Readings – Tuesday of the 2nd Week of Advent

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4th Sunday of Easter: The Lord is my shepherd. Catholic Inspiration

Mass Readings – 4th Sunday of Easter

In our moments of need we can learn from the Psalmist and say “The Lord is my shepherd” as we face the challenges of life.  What’s more, as we follow Jesus Christ we offer our lives to help one another to seek the Lord as well.

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4th Sunday of Easter: The Lord is my shepherd

Study: Consider a time when your drifted in your convictions and faith.  What helped you get back on track?

Pray: Is there something keeping you from the Lord or another person?  Pray for the grace to reconcile.

Serve: Do you know others who are struggling with their faith?  How can you support their journey back to God?

Mass Readings – 4th Sunday of Easter

Themes of repentance, baptism, and sheep surface this week.  Take a look:

  • 1st Reading – Peter exhorts the crowd to repent and be baptized
  • Psalm – “The Lord is my shepherd, there is nothing I shall want.”
  • 2nd Reading – Christ bore our sins on the Cross, for we were like straying sheep
  • Gospel – The Lord is the gate for the sheep; we must pass through Him

The Scriptures speak of Jesus as both Shepherd and Gate.  Why?  Because like sheep sometimes we find ourselves in trouble, unprotected, abandoned, and in need of serious help.  The shepherd guards and guides the sheep; entry through the gate allows the sheep to pass into a place of safety.

Our human need for help arises from our sins.  While the joy of this Easter season is ringing in our hearts, we still take the time to call to mind our need for the Savior – the Good Shepherd – who offers his life for us.  Indeed, it is the saving death and resurrection of Jesus that we proclaim in every Baptism, Confession, and Eucharist…sacraments that many receive in this holy season.

Knowing that the Lord has freed us from sin and death, we can honestly acknowledge our sins and joyfully offer our gratitude – running to the Lord for the grace and strength we need.

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Daily Mass: Shepherds and Sheep. Catholic Inspiration

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Mass Readings – Saturday of the 1st Week of Advent (St. Francis Xavier)

As Jesus looked with pity on the people in their need, he not only served them but he empowered and directed his disciples to do the same.  As we look to the Lord for guidance and strength we also remember the command to love and serve those entrusted to our care.


16th Sunday of the Year – A Shepherd Who Cares for the Sheep – Catholic Inspiration

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Fr. Andrew’s 16th Sunday of the Year Homily Podcast

There are moments in life when we need a little help.  We encounter situations and circumstances that are more than we can handle.  As Jesus looked upon the crowds in the Gospel today he saw their needs and took pity on them.  His response reminds us of two important considerations today:

  • What needs do we have today?  What are we asking for from the Lord?
  • Who needs help in our lives today?  How can we offer help to another?

Christ not only helped others, but he empowered the Apostles to do the same.  May we acknowledge our need for the Lord and respond to the needs of those who God sets before us.


16th Sunday of the Year – A Shepherd who cares for his Sheep

 

Herd of sheep on beautiful mountain meadow

Study:  When in your life have you been in great need and looked to another for help?  When have you been able to help another in great need?

Pray:  Ask the Lord for the gift of discernment – to know when to seek help and when to offer it.

Serve:  Name one practical thing you can do to help someone today.  Then do it.

16th Sunday of the Year Readings

Fr. Andrew’s Homily Podcast

“His heart was moved with pity for them, for they were like sheep without a shepherd; and he began to teach them many things.” (Mark 6:34)

Have you ever been lost?  Confused?  Drifting, uncertain of the next step in the path of life?  Most of us have been in those dark and difficult places where we feel beaten down by the challenges of life.  Simply put, there are times in life when things get tough and we need to draw on the strength and wisdom of another.

The crowds found this in Jesus.  His words inspired them; his miracles cured them.  As word spread in the surrounding area, more and more people came to hear the Lord and find new life in his presence.  What’s more, he saw their need and responded with pity and love – he longed to guide them and give them hope.

In our need we can, like the crowds, draw near to Christ for our strength.  His mercy has the power to renew and transform our hearts; his grace comes when we allow him room to make a place in our souls.

Furthermore, there are times in our lives when the Lord will empower us to guide and guard others.  Jeremiah foretold that God would appoint shepherds to care for people – God heard their cry when they were led astray and brought them new leaders to gather them together.

Perhaps this week we might see someone in need, someone who the Lord has placed on our path to help.  Perhaps we have others to lead by our word and example, inspiring them to draw to the Great Shepherd who cares for us all.