Tag Archives: Strength

Daily Mass: Be Vigilant! Catholic Inspiration

The Lord calls us to be vigilant – against drowsiness, anxiety, and drunkenness – as we pray for the strength to face our challenges in this life.  For always remember: one day we will stand before the Son of Man.

Mass Readings – Saturday of the 34th Week of the Year

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Daily Mass: The Dominion of Jesus Christ. Catholic Inspiration

The prophet Daniel speaks of the Lord’s everlasting dominion, and Jesus affirms that his words are everlasting.  In the midst of the distractions and frantic pace of life, may we remember the permanence and strength we receive when we join our hearts to Christ.

Mass Readings – Friday of the 34th Week of the Year

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The Solemnity of Christ the King

Study: Recall a time when you recognized God as the center of your life; a time when you hung on to faith – perhaps because other things were struggling.

Pray: Call upon the Lord to rule and guide your heart.

Serve:  What is the King’s command for you today?  How is the Lord directing you to help and serve another?

Mass Readings – The Solemnity of our Lord Jesus Christ, the King of the Universe

This weekend brings the Church liturgical year to a close.  Next week begins Advent, and we will start a new liturgical year with the cycle of “B” readings in the Lectionary for Mass.

Why do we end the year with the notion of Christ the King?  Why do we place this feast here?  What’s the point?

The feast has several levels of meaning.  By calling Christ our King we are making a statement that Jesus is the Lord of our lives.  It means that we place Christ first, and that we serve the Lord Jesus with the allegiance of our hearts, minds, and bodies.  We belong to Christ, who rules us.

In addition, to claim Christ as our King means that we are members of his kingdom.  Through our baptism we are called to the community of faith, the Church, and we possess an inheritance that is ultimately not of this world.  We are citizens who have a responsibility to work together – for this world and the world to come.

Furthermore, the King will come at the end of time to call His faithful people home to heaven.  We believe that the world will end on a future, unknown day (and once again, let me stress it is an UNKNOWN date…).  This feast reminds us that in the end we belong to one home or the other, one Lord or another.

Finally, to say that Christ is our King reminds us that all our power, strength, hope, and direction come from Him.  The skills and talents we possess are from the King (who made us).  The forgiveness we cherish is from the King (who died for us).  The life of the Holy Spirit which sustains us was sent by the King (who asked the Father on our behalf).

Therefore, to claim Christ as our King is to make a statement about who we are.  As followers of this King we offer our lives in service to the one who is our Lord.  We make this King our first priority in all things, and we look upon Jesus Christ as both the beginning and end of our existence.

This is a good time for us to search and prepare our hearts.  As this Church year comes to an end we begin to make ourselves ready for the Lord who comes to us, that he might find us alert and watchful for his arrival.  May we renew our allegiance to Christ our King so that he will rule us with mercy, grace, and love.

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School Mass: The Solemnity of All Saints. Catholic Inspiration

Mass Readings – The Solemnity of All Saints

When athletes compete in a stadium, the cheering crowd inspires and encourages them to do their best.  In a similar way the saints inspire us with their example – they cheer us on from Heaven – and at the same time remind us that we can join them as we embrace the challenges of this life with our eyes fixed on Jesus…our coach, trainer, medic, and greatest fan.

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Daily Mass: Be a light that shines in the darkness. Catholic Inspiration

Mass Readings – Saturday of the 28th Week of the Year

The Lord reminds us of two important facts: first, we will encounter tough times for the sake of the Gospel; second, we will be given the grace we need to face them.  May the light of Jesus Christ shine in our hearts during dark moments as we seek to follow the Lord through this life.

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Daily Mass: By the finger of God Jesus drives out demons. Catholic Inspiration

Mass Readings – Friday of the 27th Week of the Year

After driving out demons, Jesus takes the opportunity to teach about his authority and his power over the forces of darkness.

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Daily Mass: Ask, Seek and Knock! Catholic Inspiration

Mass Readings – Thursday of the 27th Week of the Year

The Lord invites us to persistently ask for what we need, trusting that God’s goodness will reach out to bless us in ways beyond our imagination.

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