God’s Grace at Work in Your Life

God’s Grace at Work in Your Life

Saint Paul wrote these words in the first reading for Mass today: “I am confident of this, that the one who began a good work in you will continue to complete it until the day of Christ Jesus.” This statement alone is enough to think about for the rest of the day. Saint Paul has such confidence in God, and in Jesus Christ.

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Jesus Gathers Us and Strengthens Us

Jesus Gathers Us and Strengthens Us

“Draw your strength from the Lord and from his mighty power. Put on the armor of God so that you may be able to stand firm against the tactics of the Devil. For our struggle is not with flesh and blood, but with the principalities, with the powers, with the world rulers of this present darkness …”

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Will Only a Few People Be Saved?

Will Only a Few People Be Saved?

Someone asked Jesus in today’s gospel, “Lord, will only a few people be saved?” This is a topic most Catholics are concerned about as well.  It is a difficult subject to think about and we would rather not think about it if we can.  Many Catholics believe everyone will go to heaven, that there isn’t […]

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Jesus Consulted His Father Before Making a Decision

Jesus Consulted His Father Before Making a Decision

Jesus needed to make an important decision in today’s gospel, about which of the disciples he should choose to become his Apostles. There were practical decisions to be made. How many Apostles did he need? How should he prepare them for their mission?

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Live as Children of Light

Live as Children of Light

“For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light.” These words from St. Paul conclude the first reading for today. Ever since the fall of Adam and Eve, there has been darkness in the world. For centuries, darkness and suffering loomed, and even though God showed […]

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You Shall Love the Lord Your God

You Shall Love the Lord Your God

It seems like Catholics do not pay very much attention to the Old Testament readings, because they are ancient, outdated, full of violence, and the people in these stories commit such terrible sins, like murder and adultery. God the Father often seems angry and upset with His people, because they keep turning away from Him to commit serious sins, and to seek other Gods.

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Grace

Grace

“Brothers and sisters: Grace was given to each of us according to the measure of Christ’s gift.”  It’s with these words from St. Paul’s letter to the Ephesians that today’s first reading begins. He goes on to write: “The one who descended is also the one who ascended far above all the heavens, that he […]

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Purgatory

Purgatory

Both of the readings for Mass today mention prisoners. Saint Paul began his letter to the Ephesians by addressing himself as a prisoner for the Lord. Then Jesus discusses a magistrate, judge, constable and being thrown in prison. The common ground for both of these readings are about prisons, but what are the differences between the two?

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The Messiness of Family Life

The Messiness of Family Life

Halfway through the first reading for Mass today is a very powerful verse that condenses the meaning of both of the readings for Mass today in such a beautiful way: “Now to him who is able to accomplish far more than all we ask or imagine, by the power at work within us.” The reason this sentence condenses the meaning for both of the readings for Mass today, is because the first reading and the gospel are both about families.

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We Do Not Know the Time

We Do Not Know the Time

 “Be sure of this: if the master of the house had known the hour when the thief was coming, he would not have let his house be broken into. You also must be prepared, for at an hour you do not expect, the Son of Man will come.” We must be prepared. We must live our lives knowing […]

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Peace to Those Who Are Far Off and Peace to Those Who Are Near

Peace to Those Who Are Far Off and Peace to Those Who Are Near

How beautiful the first reading for Mass is today! It makes your heart glow just reading these words in sacred scripture. The words in the bible are not just words printed on paper like any other words, they are living words. The Holy Spirit completely animates these words in sacred scripture today. They are the inspired words of God.

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One’s Life Does Not Consist of Possessions

One’s Life Does Not Consist of Possessions

The first verse of the first reading for Mass today from the book of Ephesians is a little puzzling. It says, “Brothers and sisters: You were dead in your transgressions and sins in which you once lived following the age of this world, following the ruler of the power of the air …

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Repay to Caesar What Belongs to Caesar and to God What Belongs to God

Repay to Caesar What Belongs to Caesar and to God What Belongs to God

The Pharisees set a trap for Jesus in today’s gospel, when they said: “Teacher, we know that you are a truthful man and that you teach the way of God in accordance with the truth. And you are not concerned with anyone’s opinion, for you do not regard a person’s status.”

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Faithful Companions

Faithful Companions

“Behold, I am sending you like lambs among wolves.” This is what Jesus says to His newly appointed disciples prior to sending them out across the landscape to all the places he intends to visit, to spread His teachings and prepare them for His coming and let them know that God is here. Jesus doesn’t sugarcoat it. He let’s his disciples know that it’s going to be tough.

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Beware of the Hypocrisy of the Pharisees

Beware of the Hypocrisy of the Pharisees

“Brothers and Sisters: In Christ we were also chosen, destined in accord with the purpose of the One who accomplishes all things according to the intention of his will, so that we might exist for the praise of his glory, who first hoped in Christ.”

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