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15th Sunday of the Year - Chosen & Empowered by God

Catholic Inspiration

Release Date: 07/12/2015

Daily Mass: Choosing the apostle Matthias show art Daily Mass: Choosing the apostle Matthias

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As Matthias takes the place vacated by Judas among the Apostles, the early Church demonstrates its ability to adapt and grow through prayer and thoughtful reflection.

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Daily Mass: Paul's success in Corinth show art Daily Mass: Paul's success in Corinth

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After the challenges in Philippi and Athens, Paul's preaching has a powerful effect on many people in Corinth. His faithful adherence to the Gospel reminds us that we never know how the Lord will work through our lives to touch the hearts of those we meet.

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Daily Mass: Paul's failure in Athens show art Daily Mass: Paul's failure in Athens

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Paul preaches a carefully crafted, well thought out, passionate message to the people of Athens...and they scoffed and walked away. Paul's response to this outcome is instructive; he faithfully continues to the next city, telling people about Jesus.

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Daily Mass: Paul's suffering and success at Philippi show art Daily Mass: Paul's suffering and success at Philippi

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Stripped and beaten, Paul and Silas are thrown into prison in Philippi. During an earthquake their proclamation of the Gospel changes hearts and lives.

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Daily Mass: The example of Lydia show art Daily Mass: The example of Lydia

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Paul encounters Lydia, who hears the Gospel and is baptized with her whole household. Her example inspires us to open our hearts as we follow Jesus Christ.

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Study, Pray, Serve: The Ascension of the Lord show art Study, Pray, Serve: The Ascension of the Lord

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Let's take a look at some of the main themes we find in the Scripture readings for the Ascension of the Lord.

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6th Sunday of Easter: We share the love we have received from Christ show art 6th Sunday of Easter: We share the love we have received from Christ

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The Lord's command to love one another requires us to open our hearts to His love first. Simply put, the closer we are to Christ the easier it is for us to share His love with the people in our lives.

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Daily Mass: Following Christ means we will encounter conflict show art Daily Mass: Following Christ means we will encounter conflict

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John's Gospel offers sobering words to prepare us for the conflict that we will encounter as disciples of Jesus Christ.

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Daily Mass: The Council of Jerusalem, the resolution show art Daily Mass: The Council of Jerusalem, the resolution

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The end of chapter 15 of Acts of the Apostles shows how the early Church came to a united resolution that empowered the mission of the Gospel to the gentiles.

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Daily Mass: The Council of Jerusalem, the discussion show art Daily Mass: The Council of Jerusalem, the discussion

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Chapter 15 of Acts of the Apostles offers "Part II" of the Council of Jerusalem. The Apostles gather to have an intense discussion and offer us an example to follow today.

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Both Amos and the Apostles are chosen by God and empowered to do amazing things.  The tasks set before them are difficult and challenging - obstacles that will test them.  The Letter to Ephesians reminds us, however, that God chooses us as well!  Here are three points to help us face the struggles of life:

  • Attitude
  • Effort
  • Stay close to Jesus Christ

May the words of the Scriptures and the examples of the saints inspire us to engage the obstacles of life with God's grace!

July 12, 2015 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

Fr. Andrew Ricci - studyprayserve.com

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