The Parable of the Dishonest Steward is can be very difficult to understand. Jesus almost seems to be praising dishonest behavior. In reality, however, He is trying to get our attention in order to deliver a message about the importance of helping the poor. It's a tough message, but one that is essential to grasp. Rich or poor, Jesus speaks directly to each of us in this parable. Don't make the mistake of ignoring His words!
We hear about God's mercy and love so often that we sometimes fail to appreciate it. This week, Gary looks at the parable of the Prodigal Son and what it means to each of us. While it's true that the Lord's mercy is infinite, there is something we must do in order to receive it. Tune in and let's discuss!
What does it take to be a disciple of Jesus? According to the gospel, it requires much more than just going to Mass on Sunday. This week, Gary will examine Jesus' words on the requirements of discipleship. While it's true that following Christ requires us to leave our old way of life behind, doing so will give us the peace we seek!
What does it mean to be humble? Contrary to popular belief, it has nothing to do with thinking poorly of yourself. Join Gary as he discusses what Jesus said about the importance of choosing the right seat when you're invited to dinner. Huh? Don't worry...it will make sense once you listen to the show!
The Gospel for the 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time contains a startling reminder - the gate to salvation is narrow! Jesus' words are so shocking that we sometimes fail to listen to His full message. This week, Gary will unpack this challenging Gospel and explain why it is actually fantastic news. Tune in and find out why!
As evidenced by the life of Jesus, not everyone wants to hear the Good News. Therefore, it should come as no surprise when we encounter resistance as we attempt to share the Gospel. Tune in as Gary discusses the Mass Readings for the 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time. Even though it may be challenging at times, don't give up. The Lord is right there with us and is counting on us to spread His message!
As Catholic Christians, we know that the Lord will one day return in glory. Because it hasn't happened in two thousand years, however, we tend to think that it won't occur for a long time. This week, Gary looks at the Mass readings for the 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time. The message is all about staying awake and being ready, but there's a catch. We should be prepared to meet Him TODAY because WE WILL!!! Even if it's not the second coming, there are many ways to encounter Jesus every day and we should be ready. Find out more on this episode of The Gary Zimak Show!
The world tells us that security and happiness can be found in "stuff" (money, success, possessions), but the Bible tells us just the opposite. This week, Gary will discuss the Mass readings for the 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time. In each reading, we are reminded that the things of this world will not last. Unless we focus on God, we are wasting our time!
How many times have you stopped praying because God wasn't answering your prayers? Join Gary as he opens the Bible and highlights a very important message - Ask and you WILL receive! While we can't guarantee when and how the Lord will answer us, Jesus repeatedly assures us that He WILL answer. If you're getting frustrated because God isn't answering your prayers, you'll definitely benefit from listening to this episode of The Gary Zimak Show!
It can be extremely challenging to recognize God's presence in our daily lives. Join Gary as he looks at the Mass readings for the 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time. Abraham knew that the Lord was with him and so did Mary, as she sat at His feet and listened to His words. After listening to this show, you too will be able to better recognize the presence of God as you go about your daily routine!
The desire for happiness often causes us to pursue money, possessions and success. We will never be truly happy, however, until we learn to be content with what we have. In this episode, Gary will discuss five Biblical principles which will help you to be content. You'll learn that, even if it doesn't seem like it, you have plenty!
True joy isnâ€™t based on external circumstances. In its most authentic form, joy is a fruit of the Holy Spirit. Therefore, if the Spirit is dwelling in you, you already possess the joy you seek. Whatâ€™s even better is that tapping into the joy of the Holy Spirit is easier than you think. In this episode, Gary will offer 5 ways to find greater joy TODAY!
Just as a shepherd will leave his flock to search for the one lost sheep, Jesus cares about you and continues to seek you out. In this episode, Gary will focus on the Sacred Heart of Jesus and His constant presence in our lives. Even though we all stray at times, the Good Shepherd loves us and is never far behind.
Job was a good man who was afflicted with an unimaginable amount of suffering. Because of this, the Book of Job is not one of the places most people would look for a â€śpick me up.â€ť In this episode, Gary will discuss how Job's story helped him to get through one of the darkest periods of his life and will share 10 lessons on suffering you can learn from the Book of Job.
Most of us know that we should thank God for our blessings each day, but sometimes we don't feel like it. What can we do? We can either force ourselves to give thanks or we can look for ways to deepen our understanding and gratitude for all that the Lord does for us. This week, Gary will discuss several blessings that don't occur to most people. Once you hear this list, you'll find it much easier to give thanks from the heart each day!
Can you imagine being filled with love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control? That's exactly what can happen when you give the Holy Spirit permission to work in your life. Join Gary as he discusses the fruits of the Holy Spirit and how they can become part of your everyday life!
By taking on a human body, Jesus could only be in one place at a time. After He ascended into heaven, however, the Lord would now be available to anyone who needs Him at any time of the night or day. In addition, His departure would enable Him to send the Holy Spirit to help us live holy and joyful lives. In this episode, we'll discuss the life-changing gift of the Holy Spirit and what we can do to stir up His power in our lives!
When you pray, do you expect God to hear and answer your prayers? While we obviously believe that prayer has some value (or else we wouldn't pray), we often get discouraged when the answers don't come quickly enough. Sometimes we question if God even hears our prayers. This week, we'll open up the Bible and look at some great examples of expectant prayer. Through these powerful examples, you'll learn how to keep your eyes on the Lord as you wait for your prayers to be answered!
We often get so distracted with our daily cares and responsibilities that we lose sight of the fact that the risen Jesus is right beside us! This week, we'll look at how He appeared to several of the Apostles (John 21) as they were fishing. After a frustrating night (they caught nothing), Jesus showed up and everything changed. Just as He did with the dejected Apostles, Jesus comes to us every day in the midst of our ordinary lives and is ready and willing to help. We just have to recognize Him. Let's discuss how to make it happen!
This week, we go back to the empty tomb and look at how Mary Magdalene reacted to the evidence that Jesus did indeed rise from the dead. Just like her, we often spend so much time weeping over the problems in our lives that we fail to recognize the risen Lord in our midst. We'll discuss what finally enabled her to see Jesus and what you can do to see Him too!