Tag Archives: Strength

Daily Mass: Strengthening our faith. Catholic Inspiration

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

Jesus heals a child that could not be helped by this disciples.  Why?  Their faith was not strong enough.  As the disciples sought to strengthen their faith we can learn from them, training our “spiritual muscles” to become strong as we turn to the Lord for wisdom, strength and guidance.

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Daily Mass: Take courage! Catholic Inspiration

Mass Readings – Tuesday of the 18th Week of the Year (St. Dominic)

Caught in the storm Jesus exhorts his disciples to take courage and discard fear.  What a great reminder for us today!  When fear threatens to choke our lives may we turn to the one who offers us strength and wisdom to carry on.

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Christ Walking on the Water, Julius Von Klever, 1880.


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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16th Sunday of the Year: Pulling weeds

Study:  Consider your life right now.  What is flourishing in your heart, and what needs to be pulled out?

Pray:  Ask the Lord for wisdom to know how to grow in grace.

Serve:  How might you be an example for another person?  How might your work to root out sin inspire someone else to grow closer to the Lord?

Mass Readings – 16th Sunday of the Year

Several powerful themes surface in the readings this week.

  • 1st Reading – The Lord is the source of justice
  • Psalm – “Lord, you are good and forgiving.”
  • 2nd Reading – The Spirit comes to the aid of our weakness
  • Gospel – Jesus offers several parables; two of them are about weeds and seeds

A common pattern emerges from these themes as we discover that in the midst of injustice, sin, weakness and evil the Lord comes with justice, forgiveness, strength and power.  Simply put, God gives us grace to confront the weeds in our lives.

So that begs the question: Where are the weeds in our hearts today?  What struggle are we facing that requires the Lord’s mercy and love?  Perhaps we might step back and pause this week to reflect on the state of our soul, so that we can honestly assess what is growing and what needs to go.

Jesus Christ knows our hearts and loves us unconditionally.  As we look at the garden of our hearts may we trust that the one who knows us completely will help us root out what does not belong and help us grow as Sons and Daughters of God.

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Daily Mass: Do not be afraid! Catholic Inspiration

Mass Readings – Saturday of the 14th Week of the Year

“Do not be afraid” is a statement that should be drilled into the hearts and minds of every disciple.  Jesus gives us the example, empowers us with his Spirit, and guides us in the face of opposition and difficulty.  May we hang on to his hand and carry out the work he sets before us today!

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Daily Mass: Facing the opposition to the Gospel. Catholic Inspiration

Mass Readings – Friday of the 14th Week of the Year

The Lord speaks bluntly when he tells his disciples about the opposition they will encounter: hatred, persecution, suffering, and ridicule will follow them.  And yet this opposition only highlights what’s truly at stake: eternal life!

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Daily Mass: Confronting evil with the grace of Christ. Catholic Inspiration

Mass Readings – Wednesday of the 13th Week of the Year

Jesus reveals his power as the Son of God as he casts out the demons in the Gospel of Matthew.  The Lord continues to work in our world, and as his disciples we confront evil with his grace and strength.

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