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Daily Mass: We lean on each other as we follow the Lord. Catholic Inspiration

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As Jesus sends out the disciples two-by-two to carry on His ministry, we see that with God’s grace and one another we can do great things for the Lord.

Mass Readings – Thursday of the 4th Week of the Year


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Daily Mass: The Lord invites us to work together. Catholic Inspiration

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As the Lord sends out the 72 disciples in pairs, we discover that we are stronger when we work together.

Mass Readings – Thursday of the 26th Week of the Year

20th Sunday of the Year: O God, let all the nations praise you! Catholic Inspiration

The readings proclaim how God reaches out to all people, regardless of ethnicity, language or culture. As sons and daughters of the Heavenly Father, we have the opportunity today to unite together through our attitude and effort.

Mass Readings – 20th Sunday of the Year

Daily Mass: Our union with the Lord gives us strength. Catholic Inspiration

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The contrast between the unity that Christ prays for and the uproar around St. Paul reveals our constant need to seek out ways to grow closer together through the love of God.

Mass Readings – Thursday of the 7th Week of Easter


Daily Mass: Making big decisions with God’s guidance. Catholic Inspiration

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As the Apostles wrestle with a crucial about who can join the Church, we see in their decision making process a path for us to follow today.

Mass Readings – Friday of the 5th Week of Easter


Daily Mass: We need each other. Catholic Inspiration

The Lord sent out disciples in pairs, recognizing that we work best when we work together.  Sometimes we give support, and sometimes we receive it, but through it all we grow in strength and wisdom when we unite our lives to Jesus Christ.

Mass Readings – Thursday of the 26th Week of the Year (St. Francis of Assisi)


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Daily Mass: Who is with us? Catholic Inspiration

Jesus offers an important insight into how different groups can work together.  When we put aside our ego and focus on the Lord’s mission we discover our ability to empower one another in the spirit and mission of Christ.

Mass Readings – Wednesday of the 7th Week of the Year


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Daily Mass: The Body of Christ. Catholic Inspiration

Mass Readings – Tuesday of the 31st Week of the Year

St. Paul teaches that we are part of the Body of Christ, and as members of this body we work with and for one another.  What’s more, Jesus explains in a parable that the Kingdom of Heaven is open to many that society might not recognize as belonging to this body.


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Daily Mass: Building the Kingdom of God…together. Catholic Inspiration

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Fr. Andrew’s Daily Mass Homily Podcast

Mass Readings – Wednesday of the 22nd Week of the Year

We all have opportunities, great and small, to make a difference in the the lives of others.  With God’s grace we are empowered to go out into the world everyday, proclaiming the Kingdom of God as we work together.

The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph

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Study:  Recall a time when you were particular grateful for the gift of your family.  What made the difference?

Pray:  Reflect on the needs of your family.  Thank the Lord for your blessings and offer your petitions for their needs.

Serve:  How can you help someone in your family right now?

The Feast of the Holy Family Readings

Fr. Andrew’s Homily

Big or small, far-flung or close to home…we all come from a family.  Sometimes our families are in better/worse places, depending on emotions, finances, relationships, illness, death, and a multitude of challenges and blessings that life can throw our way.

And while no family is perfect, every family provides opportunities for us to grow.  Whether it is getting along, practicing forgiveness, being patient, working together, or dealing with the idiosyncrasies that are part of every human group…there is no place like family for teaching us lessons that are part of our journey to become the best version of ourselves.

The Holy Family faced plenty of blessings and burdens.  Here are a few of the blessings:

  • Encounters with the angel Gabriel
  • Choirs of angels singing and rejoicing
  • Visits from distant Magi and nearby shepherds
  • The brilliant light of the Star as a sign from God

But, then, there are some real burdens:

  • Explaining Mary’s pregnancy (before marriage to Joseph)
  • Fleeing for their lives from King Herod’s soldiers
  • Refugees in Egypt – far from family
  • And one day…Mary will stand before the Cross of Jesus

Clearly, this family is unlike any other; yet together they faced situations that are similar to many even today.  They knew what it was like to be grateful for what they had, and they knew what it was like to face suffering and pain.

But there’s two points I want us to hold close:

  1. They did it together
  2. God was with them

What’s true for the Holy Family is true for our families!  We have opportunities to work together, cooperating and uniting to strengthen the bonds within our families – and when we face challenges we call upon the Lord to give us the grace and strength we need to put faith into family, hope into our homes, and love into our lives.

May this season give us plenty of opportunities to work together with God’s grace in our families – the place where we have been located by the Lord to practice our “homework for holiness” as we journey through this life.