#MyMassTakeaway: Can You Drink the Cup?

Today’s the 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time.

Find the Mass Readings here: 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time, October 21, 2018.

I’ve been super busy with a crawling baby, the new responsibility of teaching Religious Ed class, and an upcoming deadline for an exciting project I can’t wait to tell you about! So, I’ve been very inconsistent in my blogging and even in this linkup.

But! I managed to pull myself together this weekend. I hope you enjoy my reflection on today’s Mass readings, and the reflections from my blogging friends!

And, I’d love to hear your thoughts, too.

My takeaway:

Sons of Thunda, just putting it all out there.

They’ve got some guts, seriously guys. It’s good to know the 12 Apostles were just human too, right? They had their own strengths and weaknesses and they screwed up royally sometimes.

But they were still Jesus’s beloved friends. That gives me hope.


Featured 5 Takeaways:


Praying for a servant’s heart today!

I love love LOVE how Mary puts a quote on her chalkboard to reflect on all week. An inspiring practice!


I love how Annie calls us to reflect on how we would respond to the challenge: “Can you drink the cup?”

We shouldn’t answer flippantly. We need serious reflection and prayer. We need understanding, and most of all, trust in God.

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So many thoughts from today's Mass readings & homily…⁣ Our priest shared that we often think of God as having all of the answers, but we have to remember that He also has questions — questions for us, like, "Can you drink the cup that I drink?" ⁣ ⁣ And what would my answer be?⁣ ⁣ Our priest explained that we need to do a few things to be able to drink the cup God gives us… We have to honestly look at our lives, take ownership and responsibility, and then drink (and trust God). I've been working on that very last step (for a while now). 😉 ⁣ Our priest also shared about people who drink the cup gladly and gratefully (and not resentfully). Such a big effort on its own. ⁣ ⁣ Is it faith that removes resentment? Is it love? I pray for more of both. ⁣ ⁣ (And He's been providing. All along, He's been providing). ⁣ ⁣ #mymasstakeaway

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I just love Amy.

More serving, less complaining. I need that, too.

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Suffering, I don't do it well. As the gospel was read and I heard Jesus asking James and John if they were willing to drink the cup He would drink, my arm hurt. My left arm is still healing and I was holding my 30 lb daughter. I shifted and tried to make it hurt less and realized my spiritual weakness. Such a minor pain and I still just want it to be gone immediately. I remember trying to bargain with God in the summer…wondering if I could offer up that headache I had the other night and please just not feel any pain in the present moment. #mymasstakeaway to intentionally complain less and serve more. Serve when it seems unfair. Serve instead complaining. Serve for Christ. #serve #beaChristian #Catholicsonline #thankyouJesus

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Nicole had me cracking up, but at the same time saying: it me.

If this isn’t exactly how I pray: “Hi, um, Jesus? I’d like you to do this thing for me which I’m asking and bless it k thanks bye.” Killing me, Nicole!


“I’m a huge follower, a big fan.” This line made me pause. Yep, I do this. I sometimes treat Jesus like my fave celebrity. Sure, I follow him. I study him. Read all those Gospel stories.

But I need to actually follow him. Love him, trust him, listen to him. Take up my cross. and learn to sacrifice.

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“Oh hi, Jesus. So, uh, I’ve got a few things, just a small amount of things, I need to go over with you.” ✝️ “Yes.” ✝️ “So, I want you to do for me whatever I ask of you.’” (Rolls out list) I need notoriety, prestige, and money would be nice. If you could make my spouse perfect, too, that’d be great.” ✝️ “You do not know what you are asking.”✝️ “Oh, but I do! I totally do. I’ve got it all planned out. I’m a huge follower, a big fan, I don’t think it’s too much to ask for a few things. I know what I need.” ✝️ “Whoever wishes to be great among others will be a slave of all.” Mark 10:44 🙏🏻 Lord, this has been my prideful prayer a thousand times. Give me the courage to trust that a life lived for you will be all I ever need. Give me ears to hear Your plan for my life. Strip me of my pride and give me a heart of humility so that I can be ever more grateful for Your sacrifice on the cross. Help me to serve others and not myself just as you showed us. 🙏🏻 Have a blessed Sunday, Catholic Pilgrims. #mymasstakeaway #catholic #catholiclife catholicpilgrim #pride #thecross

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Your turn:

I want to know your Mass Takeaway too! Comment with your thoughts on the readings, your pastor’s homily, or anything that struck you during your time at Mass.

One thought on “#MyMassTakeaway: Can You Drink the Cup?

  1. Our pastor, Fr. Steve, incorporated the sacrificial life of St Max. Kolbe, when he gave his life in exchange for another. St. Max. Kolbe learned thru the most humbling of life’s experiences what it means to take up your cross and follow me. I, too, ask poorly and was gently smacked in my spirit to reflect also on what may be required of me, how God will use me , in enabling my “request” to be fulfilled. It will be my cross that I am to bear and pray for His Grace to accomplish His will in and thru my life.


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