Symbol or Substance

Struggling with the Eucharist? Is it merely a symbol or the real deal? This week’s Mass Prep, celebrating Corpus Christi, has something for everybody as we look a little deeper into one of God’s great mysteries. Please like, subscribe, and share this posting. Thanks and God Bless.

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Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ (Cycle A)

The tie in between today’s readings: When Something is More Than It Seems

Psalm 147:12-20, Deuteronomy 8:2-3;14-16, 1 Corinthians 10:16-17, John 6:51-58

Of the many things that we may ask from God security and prosperity rank high on the list. That’s what the Lord provides in verses 12-19 of our reading today in Psalm 147. There’s wheat in the fields, kids at home, peace on the borders along with His guidance to make it all work together. What more can you want? Well, as we see in verse 20, there is one more thing…a relationship with Him. While food, clothing, and shelter are necessary for life, they won’t make it worth living. Merely having your needs met makes for a mundane existence. You need discovery! You need surprises! You need a connection to the infinite…

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The God Who is Worthy

It’s not a bad idea to take stock of where you are in your faith journey from time to time. Don’t pass up this very essential posting of Mass Prep for Most Holy Trinity Sunday, Take this opportunity to reevaluate your relationship with the Lord. As always, I hope that you will find a blessing. Please like, subscribe and share. Thanks and God Bless

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Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity Cycle A)

The tie in between today’s readings: A God Thing

Daniel 3:52-56, Exodus 34:4-9, 2 Corinthians 13:11-13, John 3:16-18

Let’s start with Daniel 3:52-56. On the surface, this prayer looks like another redundant rundown of “blessed art thou”, “praise you”, “glory be”, with a “forever and ever”, thrown in for good measure. We’ve seen this before in the Bible and, for some, it can be borderline boring. Now, we know that God should be exalted for who He is, but not blindly. The believer must have a deep desire to offer praise and worship or it’s just empty lip service. Looking at the entire Chapter of Daniel 3, we find that it is the famous story about God’s miraculous rescue of Meshack, Shadrack, and Abednego from the fiery furnace. If they don’t have motivations to pray, I don’t know who…

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The God Mind

In this week’s Mass Prep for Pentecost Sunday we look at the Holy Spirit as the Mind of God for the Church and the believer. I hope that you’ll find something new to make your own in it. Please like, subscribe, and share. Thanks and God Bless

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Pentecost Sunday (Cycle A)

The tie in between today’s readings: Good and Very Good

Psalm 104:1;24;29-34, Acts 2:1-11, 1 Corinthians 12:3-7;12-13, John 20:19-23

In the beginning, the Holy Spirit moved over the waters of a formless and void world. In six days, the Lord established His creation and it was good. Our reading in Psalm 104:1;24;29-32, praises and marvels at His handiwork in making and sustaining our earth. Just as a painting reflects the talents of the artist, our physical creation reflects the attributes of the invisible God. But the Lord was not satisfied with that. He wanted more than just the joy of creating. He looked beyond the angel’s astonished applause over His ability to fabricate a universe. He, like Geppetto in the story of Pinocchio, wished to have a relationship with His creation. He wanted to commune with His work, not just be the Master…

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What, Me Worry?

Now serving up, Mass Prep for the Seventh Sunday of Easter (Cycle A). Today we’ll explore the challenges we face in the Christian life and our intimate God who will take us through them. I hope that you will find a blessing. Please like, subscribe and share. Thanks and God Bless

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The Seventh Sunday of Easter (Cycle A)

The tie in between today’s readings: Infinite Intimacy

Psalm 27:1-8, Acts 1:12-14, 1 Peter 4:13-16, John 17:1-11

Whether you want to acknowledge it or not, Christian, you have an enemy. Actually, you have three: the world, the flesh, and the Devil (Ephesians 2:1-3). Through Christ, you escaped the Kingdom of Darkness and have gone over to the LIGHT. You are hated for it. Your adversaries will do everything in their power to make you as ineffective as possible for the Savior. The world will force you into compromise and silence so that you cannot “infect” others with the gospel’s message. The flesh will tempt you into sin to make your testimony for the Kingdom of God hypocritically laughable. Satan wants to get at you, to sift you like wheat, perhaps even bring you to martyrdom. What’s a believer to do?…

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May I Have Your Autograph?

Mass Prep for the Sixth Sunday of Easter (Cycle A) is short, sweet, and a little different look at Sacramental living. Click on! Check it out! Tell your friends! No…seriously, tell you friends. Thanks and God Bless

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The Sixth Sunday of Easter (Cycle A)

Psalm 66:1-7;16-20, Acts 8:5-8;14-17, 1 Peter 3:15-18, John 14:15-21

The tie in between today’s readings: A Sacramental Life

Let’s take a different angle on Psalm 66 today. Imagine that God is your favorite movie star. You belong to His fan club, read every Tweet, and can even mouth the dialogue of your favorite scenes. Verses 1-4 will sound a lot like your conversations about Him. He is nothing short of awesome! Now, let’s say that you score two tickets to the Hollywood premier of His next movie (verses 5-7). You call tour friend, “OMG! This guy is the greatest! I’ve seen the trailers! This movie is awesome! It has to win an Oscar! We can’t miss it!” Your friend agrees. We finish our scenario with verses 16-20. The movie is epic; it blows everyone away. Someone who knows the actor…

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Cornerstone Considerations

This week’s Mass Prep for the Fifth Sunday of Easter explores Jesus as the Way, the Truth, and the Life. Click on and come along as we focus on this foundational teaching of our faith. And, if you find a blessing, please like, subscribe and share this posting with others. Be Blessed.

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Fifth Sunday of Easter (Cycle A)

The tie in between today’s readings: The Way, The Truth, and The Life

Psalm 33:1-5;18-19, Acts 6:1-7, 1 Peter 2:4-9, John 14:1-12

One of the chief objections that I find people have to Christianity is its insistence on Jesus being the sole access to God the Father. In a world of clichés like: “There are many paths to God.”, “All religions are the same.”, and “You have your truth, I have mine.” Jesus’ declaration in John 12:6 that He is The Way, The Truth, and The Life, grates on them like fingernails on a blackboard. After all, who does He think He is? Out of respect for the historical Christ, they usually will not refute Him head on, but soften His statements with slanting interpretations and work arounds, so that in the end, the Master seems to have agreed with their…

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Shepherding 101

Shepherd University is the topic of this week’s Mass Prep for the fourth Sunday of Easter. Find out about the sheep, the shepherds the good and the baaaad. (Dad joke, sorry) Once again, please subscribe, share and help me take this out reach to the next level. Thank you and God Bless.

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The Fourth Sunday of Easter (Cycle A)

The tie in between today’s readings: The Way of the Shepherd

Psalm 23:1-6, Acts 2:36-41, 1 Peter 2:20-25, John 10:1-10

I asked a pastor acquaintance of mine one day tell me what his job was like. “Basically,” he joked, “I hatch (baptize), match (wedding), and dispatch (funerals), and throw in a little golf on the side.” Of course, the job of the clergy is much more difficult than my friend lets on. There are meetings to run, bills to pay, tears to dry, wrongs to right, sick to see…and all before lunch. The job is so tough, so special, so unique, that when a person enters the ministry, we say that they have a calling. When you answer that call, it is life’s most important and rewarding pursuit. Not everyone in religious work has that calling, though. Today’s gospel, John…

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Show Me!

Building on your Easter devotion and its miracles click on to Mass Prep for this the Second Sunday of Easter. Hope you find a blessing and if so, please subscribe, follow, and join with me in this ministry by sharing this with others so that souls may be saved and disciples made. Thank you and God Bless

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Second Sunday of Easter (Cycle A)

The tie in between today’s readings: Signs and Wonders

Psalm 118:2-4;13-15;22-24, Acts 2:42-47, 1 Peter 1:2-9, John 20:19-31

When you talk about religion, miracles inevitably enter the conversation. As you pursue the subject you’ll discover that it all boils down to personal perspectives. For instance, you can start with the “miracle” of creation and conclude (or not) that something put it all together. When we come to our reading in Psalm 118:2-4, we discover that the something out there is really a Someone and surprise, surprise, He wants to have a relationship with you. God, in His lovingkindness, became a man. His name is Jesus. He lived with us, taught us about Himself, and performed miracles to back up His claim to deity.

Psalm 118:13 and 22 tell us that many rejected Him. Why? Perspective! They did not want to believe…

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Where is Your Faith?

This week’s Mass Prep for Easter looks into the Resurrection, faith, and you. Click on and find a blessing. I wish all my friends and follower who have been with me for the last five years and any new souls just discovering this blog all the joys and blessings of the greatest day in the history of the world. Christ is risen! Alleluia

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Easter Sunday the Resurrection of Our Lord (Cycle A)

The tie in between today’s readings: Steps of Faith

Psalm 118:1-2; 16-17; 22-23, Acts 10:34-43, Colossians 3:1-4, John 20:1-9

Easter is here! The most important celebration in the Christian calendar. Advent has its charm in anticipation. Christmas is beautiful in its fulfilled promises. Lent is special in its preparation, but Easter is the victory! For the believer, Christ’s triumph over death and the Devil provides deliverance from sin and eternal life. So, there is no better time than now to assess where you are concerning your faith.

Psalm 118:17 (NASB)

I will not die, but live, and tell of the works of the Lord.

John 20:1-9 (NASB)

The Empty Tomb

No one back then believed that the Messiah would die as He did, let alone, rise from the grave. Even after repeated attempts by the Lord to explain it, the apostles…

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Were You There When They Crucified My Lord?

This Mass Prep classic for Palm Sunday will take you to the crucifixion and another dimension. Don’t miss it! If you are blessed by this message, please subscribe to this blog and share the Good News with others. Thanks and God Bless

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Palm Sunday (Cycle A)

The tie in between today’s readings: Faith’s Spiritual Dimension

Psalm 22:8-24, Isaiah 50:4-7, Philippians 2:6-11, Matthew 26:14-27:66

Our readings on this Palm Sunday focus on Good Friday. Matthew 26:14-27:66 is the Apostle’s account from Judas’s betrayal to Jesus’ burial. Even though you may be familiar with the story, it will be worthwhile to read it again. Like rewatching a good movie, you pick up on things that you may have missed the first time around. With that in mind, you can approach our Lord’s sacrifice from quite a few different angles. Many sermons explain Jesus’ physical sufferings from a medical point of view. Some pastors go for emotion as they ask you to place yourself at the cross and react to His agony. You may have even sat through character analysis that explain the actions of the Good Friday participants. All of these…

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