Daily Mass: Go out into the world and proclaim the Gospel. Catholic Inspiration

On this feast of St. Mark we hear the command of the Risen Lord to the Eleven: they are to go out into the world and proclaim the Gospel.  May these words inspire us today to share our faith with the people God has placed in our lives.

Mass Readings – Feast of St. Mark, evangelist

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Daily Mass: Christ gives us eternal life. Catholic Inspiration

The Lord gives us eternal life, and as we focus on Heaven we have the opportunity to live for the Lord here on earth.  We are pilgrims passing through this world, and all that we say and do is guided by the simple fact that this life is homework to prepare us for the life to come.

Mass Readings – Tuesday of the 4th Week of Easter

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5th Sunday of Easter: The Vine and the Branches

vine & branches

Study:  Recall a time in life when you were disconnected from God.  What helped you restore your relationship with Christ?

Pray:  How can you grow closer to the Lord today?  What spiritual resources, sacraments, or fellowship can help you thrive?

Serve:  Who in your life is disconnected right now?  How can you reach out and help them?

Mass Readings – 5th Sunday of Easter

The relationship between vine an branches is simple: the branches, connected to the vine, draw their strength and nourishment from it.  Cut off, they die.

Raising grapes and making wine were crucial at the time of Jesus (and still important today) and this gardening image provides a powerful insight in two crucial aspects of human life.

  • Drawing our strength from Christ
  • Providing strength to others

As branches connected to Christ, we draw the grace we need from the Lord.  It’s his death and resurrection that gives us life; his forgiveness that restores our relationships with God and one another; and his power that we call upon when we confront the obstacles and stumbling blocks in the world.  Our lives, dependent on Christ, thrive with his life within us – in the Scriptures, the Sacraments, private prayer, and fellowship with one another.

Yet we also serve as sources of support for others, and the strength of our relationship with God directs our ability to recognize and respond to others.  We cannot give what we don’t have, and as we support one another we pass on the grace we receive from Christ and share it with those we meet.  Who are these key people who look to us?  Some examples:

  • parents and children
  • extended family
  • coworkers
  • employees
  • classmates
  • teammates
  • neighbors
  • friends

Our lives are interconnected!  Drawing strength from Christ – the central vine – we thrive; his strength in turn becomes the power which we extend into the hearts of those whose lives touch our own.

Today: draw near to Jesus and allow his love to fill our hearts!  May we pour his love into the lives of each and every soul we meet!

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Note: This post was originally published on May 3, 2015.


4th Sunday of Easter: The example of the Good Shepherd. Catholic Inspiration

The Good Shepherd offers his life for the care and protection of the sheep.  The Lord’s example inspires us: God calls us – in spite of our imperfections and weaknesses – to care and protect those entrusted to us.  May we call upon the Shepherd for what we need as we continue his service in the world.

Mass Readings – 4th Sunday of Easter

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Daily Mass: Christ has the words of eternal life. Catholic Inspiration

The crowds find the teaching of Jesus too hard, and many who followed him now leave and go back to their former ways.  Rejection does not stop us from proclaiming the Good News; rather, it reminds us that people have the freedom to choose their path.  May we keep inviting them to follow the Lord!

Mass Readings – Saturday of the 3rd Week of Easter

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Daily Mass: Flesh and Blood. Catholic Inspiration

The Lord teaches the people that those who eat His flesh and drink His blood have eternal life.  May our frequent reception of Holy Communion strengthen us with God’s grace in the messiness of life and inspire us to live for Jesus Christ.

Mass Readings – Friday of the 3rd Week of Easter

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Daily Mass: Receive the Bread of Life. Catholic Inspiration

Jesus teaches the crowds that he is the “Bread of Life” that came down from Heaven.  Whoever eats this bread will never hunger again.  May we draw near to the one who feeds us so that strengthened by the Lord we can share His life with one another.

Mass Readings – Thursday of the 3rd Week of the Year

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