Making Lists (OGW, 042)

In today’s episode of Opening God’s Word we’re talking about lists!  Opening to that first chapter of Matthew we find “The Genealogy of Jesus.”

For many of us this might simply look like a list of names of unknown people, but that is not how it would have been initially received.

Let’s talk about the significance of this list and make a relatable list of our own family history.

I hope you are having a wonderful Advent and that you have been opening your mind and heart to the wonders of this season.  It’s not too late to increase your prayer life and improve your practices as we move through these final days before the coming of Jesus.

Have a blessed day in God’s Word.

Janet Cassidy

Are You a Fence Sitter? (OGW, 041, Mt. 21)

In today’s episode of Opening God’s Word, I am encouraging you not to be a fence sitter.

Maybe you have questions about the existence of God or faith in general; today’s scripture passage puts our questions (and our answers) into perspective.

The leaders in the time of Jesus questioned his authority, and when he responded to their question with a question of his own, they got stuck.

I want to be sure that you don’t get stuck.

What questions do you struggle with that keep you sitting on the spiritual fence?

As we move through this 3rd week of Advent, we have a lot to rejoice about—Jesus, the Savior of the world is bringing his light to us.  Let us respond to his light by opening our hearts to all that God has given us, and all that he has to give.

I hope you have a blessed day in God’s Word.

Janet Cassidy


A Surprise Image of Mary (OGW, 040)

Surely the image on Juan Diego’s tilma must have surprised him!

Because today is the Feast day of Our Lady of Guadalupe, we are talking about Mary, the Mother of Jesus again! If you don’t know the story of Mary’s visitation to Juan Diego, be sure to check it out!  The blessed Mother’s image on the tilma (a cloth) can still be seen in Mexico City at her shrine.

A couple of things about Mary:

She was 100% human.

We honor her, we do not worship her.  She is not a god.

Mary is our mother, our protector and she understands suffering.  She watched her own son, Jesus, as he went through his life and she suffered the worst event a mother could witness—the torture and death of her son—as he died on the cross.

Yet, throughout her very human suffering, she had a deep trust in God.

She understands whatever pain or suffering you may be experiencing today.  Be sure to turn to her for help in whatever you may be going through.

I hope you have a blessed day in God’s Word!

Janet Cassidy

Feeling Lost?  (OGW, 039, Mt. 18)

Are you struggling with past sins?

Have you rationalized your personal life so that you are comfortable and happy, even though you know it is not wholly aligned with God?

Do you think you are a bad person, unworthy of forgiveness?

Does God even care about YOU?

In today’s episode of Opening God’s Word I talk about this and about the purpose of Christmas and the role of Jesus by using today’s reading from the Gospel of Matthew, Chapter 18, about the Lost Sheep.

If your feelings of guilt are overwhelming you, making you feel that God could never forgive you for the kind of life you have led (or are leading), you will want to check out today’s podcast.

I encourage you to share it with a friend because this is a wondrous time and today’s reading is a good reminder that Jesus is still looking for us!

Have a blessed day in God’s Word!

Janet Cassidy

My Yes! to God (OGW, 038, Luke 1)

Do you know what the Immaculate Conception is?  If not, jump over to my blog at and you will find a terrific link that explains it.

Today, though, I am going to focus on Mary’s Yes! to the angel Gabriel.

Then, I’m going to share with you a significant Yes! I made to God.

And finally, we’re going to talk about YOUR Yes! to God!

You don’t want to miss this episode of Opening God’s Word that will hopefully get you thinking!

And if you don’t mind, will you please make your comment on my blog as I requested at the end of this podcast?

As always, be sure to share this with a friend!

I hope you have a blessed day in God’s Word!

Janet Cassidy

How Will You Answer God’s Question?  (OGW, 037)

You know the bible is the inspired word of God.  You know that it is God revealing himself to us, speaking to us, right?

Well, today, in the Gospel of Matthew, Chapter 9 (verses 27-31) Jesus asks two blind men a question.  It is the same question he asks us today.

How will you answer God’s question?

I hope you will tune in for a thought-provoking question that should give you pause to deeply reflect on your own faith.

Do you know someone who has been asking faith-filled questions, or maybe someone who has great doubt?  If so, I encourage you to send them a link to these podcasts and my blog, with a prayer that they will be inspired to continue seeking the One who can heal us.

Have a blessed day in God’s Word!

Janet Cassidy

Looking for a Church? (OGW, 036)

Are you looking for a church?

Are you looking for a place with friendly people?

Sound doctrine?

A sense of belonging?


Today we learn right from Jesus how deeply connected our life is to be with our discipleship in him.  He was warning people of his time not to just run off and follow whoever comes along.  There were false prophets in his day that people needed to be leery of following.

Same for us today.

How do we know, though, where to go?

Well, in today’s reading Jesus gives us a great visual image so that we should have no trouble distinguishing the way to go.

Be sure to check out today’s episode of Opening God’s Word and then spend some quiet time just listening to God.

I hope you have a blessed day in God’s Word!

Janet Cassidy

Every Tear will be Wiped Away! (OGW, 035, Is, Mt)

Every Tear will be Wiped Away!

Are you ready?  I sure hope so!

Here we are in the first week of Advent, reading Isaiah and Matthew.  Isaiah reminds us that God will always take care of us and wipe away every tear! We sure want that, don’t we?

The Gospel of Matthew, through the miracle of the loaves and fish, prefigures the holy sacrifice of the Mass that we enjoy today.

And together, both readings point us to the heavenly banquet that we will hopefully, one day enjoy.  I say “hopefully” because it is not a guarantee (remember the narrow road!) that each of us will make it.

But Jesus came to save all of us, so I ask you again, “Are you ready for the coming of Christ?”

Don’t be distracted!  Now is the time to really center yourself on the Messiah, the one who saves us!  Let yourself be transformed, right now, today!

I hope you have a blessed day in God’s Word.

Janet Cassidy


Do You Have Faith? (OGW, 034)

Do you have the faith and confidence of the centurion in the Gospel of Matthew (Chapter 8) in today’s reading?

In this episode of Opening God’s Word we are encouraged to trust in Jesus before we experience the healing we need in our life.

Persevere in asking God for what you need, but remember, prayer is an act of submission to God’s will, and even though we think we know what is best, we have to trust in God, who loves us without fail.

As we begin this season of Advent and look forward to the coming of Christ at Christmas, let us prepare joyfully, in faith, for this miraculous event.

I hope you have a blessed day in God’s Word.

Janet Cassidy

Three Words for the King (033, OGW, Daniel)

What would you do if a mysterious hand appeared on a wall in front of you and wrote and message that you couldn’t read?

I’ll bet you would search for someone who could give you the message.

Well, that’s what happened to the king in today’s reading from the Book of Daniel.

Tune in to find out the three things that were in that message and who it came from.

Is it possible that from this Old Testament book we can find an important word for us today?  This is a striking passage and I hope you will check it out for yourself.

And after you do that, please spend some time learning a little more about this book and give yourself some quiet time to see if God might be speaking into your life.

I hope you have a blessed day in God’s Word.

Janet Cassidy