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Daily Mass: Let us build a house of prayer in our hearts. Catholic Inspiration

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The Lord’s presence in the Temple becomes a metaphor for our hearts. May we build up a worthy dwelling for Christ within our souls!

Mass Readings – Friday of the 33rd Week of the Year

The Presentation of the Lord. Catholic Inspiration

Mary and Joseph faithfully carry out their duty as parents as they present their son in the Temple, and they encounter two people – Simeon and Anna – who foretell the mighty deeds that will be done through this tiny child.

Mass Readings – The Presentation of the Lord


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Daily Mass: Seeing the face of Jesus. Catholic Inspiration

As Simeon sees the Christ Child he recognizes the Messiah and gives praise to God.  As the Kingdom of Heaven continues to unfold here on earth, we have daily opportunities to seek out the face of Jesus in our lives and respond with joy and gratitude.

Mass Readings – 5th Day in the Octave of Christmas


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Daily Mass: A man, a temple and an angel. Catholic Inspiration

Luke’s Gospel sets the context for the birth of John the Baptist – the last and greatest prophet who will proclaim Jesus as the Lamb of God – and shows us how God constantly works through our lives to bring about something new.

Mass Readings – Wednesday of the 3rd Week of Advent (Dec. 19th)


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Daily Mass: Searching for Jesus. Catholic Inspiration

Mary and Joseph are searching for Jesus in Jerusalem, only to find him in the Temple.  When asked by his mother his response “I must be in my Father’s house” invites us to follow his example and meet the Lord in church…where he is always present in the tabernacle!

Mass Readings – Memorial of the Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary


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3rd Sunday of Lent: Christ is the sign that gives us strength. Catholic Inspiration

Jesus cleanses the Temple and offers the sign of his resurrection.  As we continue through this season of Lent, may we cleanse what does not belong in our hearts and call upon the Lord for the strength we need to live each day as a precious gift from God.

Mass Readings – 3rd Sunday of Lent (Year B)


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Daily Mass: A house of prayer. Catholic Inspiration

In this passage of Luke’s Gospel, Jesus focuses his time and attention in the Temple area.  This “house of prayer” is a place of teaching, reflection, insight and communion with God and one another.  Every time we step inside a church to pray we enter holy ground; may we frequently take time to encounter the Lord and grow as his sons and daughters.

Mass Readings – Friday of the 33rd Week of the Year


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The Dedication of the Lateran Basilica in Rome. Catholic Inspiration

Mass Readings – The Dedication of the Lateran Basilica in Rome

Ezekiel and the Psalmist show how the temple is a source of living water that brings forth life; Jesus speaks of his own body as a temple, and as his followers we discover that we are built upon Christ as the great foundation.  May we work together to continue to proclaim the building up of God’s kingdom here on earth as we serve the Church which Christ founded.


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Daily Mass: Holy Places, Holy People. Catholic Inspiration


Fr. Andrew’s Daily Mass Homily Podcast

Mass Readings (Feast of the Dedication of the Lateran Basilica in Rome)

We recall in the readings about the importance of having holy places to pray, so that we can become a holy people – dedicated to the Lord.


Today I begin a pilgrimage with 53 others to Italy!  During our stay we will be in Florence, Assisi, Sorrento, Pompei, and Rome (where we will pass through all four Holy Doors for the Year of Mercy.)  Ciao!

The Dedication of the Lateran Basilica

St. John Lateran exterior

Study:  Think back to churches that have real significance in your life.  What was going on at the time?

Pray:  Step into a church and take a moment to pray.  First, reflect on your blessings – thanking God.  Second – offer your petitions for special needs and concerns.  The Lord is listening.

Serve:  Do you know someone who has a hard time getting to church?  Can you help them?  Do you know someone who has been away from the Church…can you help them?

The Dedication of the Lateran Basilica Readings

Fr. Andrew’s Homily

This weekend we celebrate a feast in the Church that is a little out of the ordinary.  Throughout the year we honor saints, angels, events in the history of salvation, and seasons in the liturgical calendar.

But buildings?

Yep.  The readings this weekend are for the anniversary of a dedication of a building – a church.  Now this is not just any building; the Lateran basilica has an important place in the history and significance of our faith:

  • Pope Sylvester I dedicated it on Nov. 9, 324
  • The land was owned by the Laterani family
  • Called the “mother and head of all churches”
  • Episcopal seat of the Pope as Bishop of Rome
  • Papal residence from the 4th century to 1309
  • Site of 5 Ecumenical councils

Now why would we do this?  Why take a day out of the calendar to honor a building?  Here are few reasons:

  1. Buildings are a part of life
    – living, working, learning, praying!
  2. This church is loaded with history
    – many great events happened here
  3. Buildings can inspire and shape our faith
    – form a community for prayer/service
  4. Our faith uses buildings as an example
    – temple, dwelling, refuge, house, etc.

The readings today use the idea of a building to help reveal God’s presence among us.  The image of a building (especially a Temple) develops several themes:

  • From the Temple of God comes life
  • All dwellings (temples belong to the Lord
  • Each one of us is a Temple of God
  • Jesus described his own body as a temple

Church buildings not only serve to gather us for prayer, but they shape the very way we pray.  They are places where we recognize the Lord’s presence in a powerful way.  By honoring a particular church this weekend, we pause to remember the role that buildings (especially churches) play in our faith.

A building by itself is nothing.  A building filled with people alive for Christ is awesome.  May this feast remind us that all our buildings and bodies are simply places – created by God in order to dwell among us.

St. John Lateran interior

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