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26th Sunday of the Year: Actions & Attitudes. Catholic Inspiration

Mass Readings – 26th Sunday of the Year

Ezekiel and Jesus point out the power of our actions in the spiritual life, and Paul reminds us that our actions are shaped when we take on the attitude of Jesus Christ.  It’s practical advice that illustrates our ongoing need to focus on the Lord as we put our faith into practice.


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3rd Sunday of Easter – Christian Witness – Catholic Inspiration

Three Great Things

Fr. Andrew’s 3rd Sunday of Easter Homily

What is the script of my thoughts, words, and actions?  If I were to write down what I think, speak, and do would it point to Christ?  Would it even include Jesus?

We are witnesses for the Lord, and as his disciples we can make changes in our lives – changing the script – so that grace of Christ renews and strengthens our lives.

This homily was given at St. William Church in Foxboro, WI on April 18, 2015.

3rd Sunday of Easter – Christian Witness


Study:  Where do I consistently observe the Lord in my life?  How do I show others that I follow Jesus Christ?

Pray: Does something need to change in my life today?  Call upon the Lord for grace and strength.

Serve:  Is someone in your life struggling, searching for faith or challenged to live it?  How can you help?

3rd Sunday of Easter Readings

Fr. Andrew’s Homily Podcast

 How do people know that we are Christians?  What “proof” do we offer that clearly reveals the Lord we follow?

Three key areas come to mind:

  • What we are thinking
  • What we are speaking
  • What we are doing

The pattern of our faith is observed within these arenas of daily life.  Everything begins with thought: what comes from within us and moves outward is revealed by what we say and do.  Our speech signals our behavior: what we say; how we say it; to whom we speak; and the context in which it is said.  Our actions close the deal: our behavior ultimately rests in the consistent pattern of the real results we accomplish.

Knowing this, we can then ask: does the Lord reside in these areas?  Is he present in my thoughts, words, and actions?  I find it helpful to evaluate this question with a daily examination – reviewing the day with a mental “written transcript” where I walk through what I thought, said, and did – looking for Christ’s presence in my life.

Everyday, in 1001 great and small ways, we have the chance to show those around us that Jesus Christ is the Lord of our lives.  We are uniquely placed in the world to touch the hearts of those in our midst; they will see in us a pattern that will either proclaim the Good News…or else we testify to something else.

“You are witnesses of these things.”  Luke 24:48

Pastoral Note: This weekend is First Communion for many kids at the Cathedral.  Please keep them and their families in your prayers!


St. Paul Preaching in Athens, Raphael; 1515, 768 x 581 pixels, Royal Collection of the United Kingdom.

30th Sunday of the Year – Living our Faith

Love God & Others

Study:  Reflect on some people who live their faith through their loving thoughts, words, and actions.

Pray:  Is there a person or situation in your life that calls for greater charity?  Ask the Lord for the wisdom and guidance to do it.

Serve:  Is there someone in your life right now who would benefit from your time, attention, and/or effort?  How can you help?

30th Sunday of the Year Readings

Fr. Andrew’s Homily

I thought I would take this week to talk about something that arises out of the gospel message. The question comes from the insight of Jesus in today’s reading. Simply put, what is the central and most important part of being a Christian? What should be the focus around which we build our lives?

The answer is explicit: LOVE.

Jesus takes the two commands, love of God and love of neighbor and links them as the heart of the Christian message – from which the teaching of the entire Scriptures finds its soul. Love is the sign of the Church, it is the proof of faith, and it is the reality which reveals to others the depth of our commitment as disciples of Jesus Christ.

But what do these commands mean for us? After all, the question for each of us is “How does the law of Love affect me? How do these commands shape my life?”
I look at this from three different angles:

* By how I THINK.
* By how I SPEAK.
* By how I ACT.

In other words, do my thoughts, words, and actions reveal the law of love in my life? When I look at myself in each of these areas do I measure up with the commands of Jesus?

Imagine that each of these parts of life could be made into a movie. I see myself watching “The Thoughts of Fr. Andrew,” followed by “The Words of Fr. Andrew,” and then “The Actions of Fr. Andrew.” Do I like what I see on the screen?

When we come to the end of our lives, I doubt if many of us will wish we had worked more, or earned more money, or bought more things. In the end I expect most of us will wish we had spent more time loving the people in our lives – through what we thought, said, and did.

This love, which comes from God, is intended for us to share while we are here on earth. Our faith tells us that one day the Lord will call us home. On that day may we find ourselves prepared; having loved one another in this life we will then step into eternal Love in the Kingdom of Heaven.

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