Christ's call to us is an appointed time in which we are invited to abandon the boats, nets, family, and work that keep us from following. Like Jonah, Peter, Andrew, James and John, we are called let God transform these things to proclaim the Good News. Readings are found at http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/012118.cfm
John the Baptist points out Jesus. Andrew brings his brother, and they experience Jesus. We, too, are asked what we seek, and invited to experience Jesus. Readings are found at http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/011418.cfm
Simeon and Anna give us an example of faithful and active waiting for the Lord. They remind us God keeps His promises. Readings are found at http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/123117.cfm The mentioned test is found at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QX_oy9614HQ
The Virgin Mary models perfectly how we should prepare this Advent, as she demonstrates both her yearning for the Lord and yielding to His will. Readings are found at: http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/122417.cfm
Like John the Baptist and the Blessed Mother, we have a relationship, identity, and mission from God, and fulfilling that mission gives joy. We discover our mission in prayer, especially adoration. But He works in our life yet - and when we acknowledge that we grow in joy. Readings are found at http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/121717.cfm
Recorded during the John Ireland School Mass for the Immaculate Conception. Mary needed a Savior to save her from the poison of sin, too, but a singular act of grace, God preserved her from the first moment of her conception, so she becomes the model for us o live our baptisms. Readings are found at http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/120817.cfm
As Catholics, we are invited to give thanks everyday. The challenge is that we too readily fail to recognize God's blessings. Readings are found at http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/112317-thanksgiving.cfm
At our LifeTeen Retreat this weekend, we received a reminder that we are gifted with all we need to live and guide disciples to the Lord. Are we going to dare to use it, perhaps even fail and lose it. Readings found at http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/111917.cfm
In our readings, we hear of wisdom, and that is a virtue needed in to be stewards. Wisdom is to see as God sees, with an eternal perspective. We grow in wisdom by avoiding vice and going to the Sacrament of Reconciliation, prayer and adoration, reading of the lives and the writings of the Saints, and by remembering we become the average of the people we spend time with. Readings can be found at http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/111217.cfm.
Unlike the harshness of the pharisees, to whom Jesus refers as those who are to be listened to but not followed by their example, St. Paul is gentle and proclaims the Gospel without being a burden. Stewards are called to be gentle. The readings can be found at http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/110517.cfm
The heart of a steward is filled with love of God and neighbor, willing the good of each, responding to the love of God with every part of one's being. How are we loving the Lord? Readings can be found at http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/102917.cfm
We are called to render to God what is His due, and to give to others their due. This requires Justice, which enables us to know a do the right. As we strive to be stewards, praying for the gift of justice helps us to know what is right to give.