Monthly Archives: March 2017

Daily Mass: Jesus fulfills the Law. Catholic Inspiration

Mass Readings – Wednesday of the 3rd Week of Lent

Jesus comes to fulfill the Law, teaching as the new Moses and inviting us to draw close to God in a new and powerful way.

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Daily Mass: The command, example and freedom of forgiveness. Catholic Inspiration

Mass Readings – Tuesday of the 3rd Week of Lent

We forgive:

  1. Because the Lord commands us
  2. To imitate the Lord’s example
  3. To be freed from the bondage of sin

And so…to whom do we have to say “I’m sorry” or “I forgive you” today?

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4th Sunday of Lent: Seeing God at work in our world.

Study:  Reflect back on a moment when you suddenly “saw” a situation clearly.  What helped you make sense of it?

Pray:  Do you feel like you are in the dark right now?  Ask God for the light of grace to find your way.

Serve:  Do you know someone who is struggling to act in a situation?  How can you help them stay in God’s light?

Mass Readings – 4th Sunday of Lent

Let’s take a quick look at an overview of the readings this week:

  • 1st Reading – Samuel “sees” David and anoints him with the Spirit
  • Psalm – “The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.”
  • 2nd Reading – We are children who live in the light of Christ
  • Gospel – Jesus heals a man who was blind from birth

Images of sight, light, and darkness appear throughout these readings, reminding us of the crucial role our sight plays in daily life.  As we rely on our eyes, we recognize light and color as it interacts with our senses and guides much of our action.

God helps Samuel to see – not with human but heavenly eyesight – the qualities that will make David king of Israel; Jesus helps the man born blind to see the face of the living God.  Ephesians reminds us that as children of the light we turn away from darkness and live in goodness, while the Psalmist gives us courage to walk in the darkest of valleys…confident that the Lord is at our side.

For we know that the darkness is a part of life; indeed,  many of us have had the experience of darkness – where fear, doubt, and indecision hold us in a grip of paralysis – and we understand all too well our sense of loneliness and loss.

The Good News: God restores our sight – helping us to see the Lord at work in our world – and inspires us to direct our thoughts, words and actions by the light of faith.  May the Light of Christ open our eyes and guide our steps through this life!

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Monday Conversation: Christ renews our lives!

This presentation offers us a practical path to recognize the goodness of life and the reality of sin, so that we can find our way back to God through the gift of Jesus Christ. (31 Minutes)

Note these four points:

  • God made us to be united with Him
  • Sin destroys our relationships with God and one another
  • Christ restores the relationship through his life, death, and resurrection
  • Each of us can choose to accept the gift of Christ and live as his disciple

This talk was given to Confirmation students from the Cathedral and St. Francis Xavier parishes on November 11, 2015.  This message is not just for kids preparing to be confirmed!  May all of us see the beauty of life, confront our struggles, and embrace the gift of Christ’s saving grace.

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3rd Sunday of Lent: We thirst…for Jesus Christ. Catholic Inspiration

Mass Readings – 3rd Sunday of Lent

Our spiritual thirst helps us understand that there is a need in our hearts that will only be met by Jesus.  May we pay attention to the thirst in our souls and respond – not to the temptations or distractions of the world – so that our we can drink deeply from the Water of Life.

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Daily Mass: Two sons, two sides of mercy. Catholic Inspiration

Mass Readings – Saturday of the 2nd Week of Lent

The parable of the Prodigal Son is well known and it speaks to some deep forces in our hearts.  Like the two sons, we have the chance each day to “come to our senses” to receive mercy and “celebrate and rejoice” when we can share that mercy with one another.

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Daily Mass: Facing rejection with the gift of faith. Catholic Inspiration

Mass Readings – Friday of the 2nd Week of Lent

Both the 1st Reading and the Gospel detail stories of rejection: Joseph is sold into slavery by his brothers for 20 pieces of silver and Jesus explains how the tenants kill the vineyard owner’s son.  Yet in both cases the reality of rejection is transformed and redeemed by God’s grace.  May we face our moments of rejection with the power of our faith in Christ, that God will work in our lives to bring about good.

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And to all of you who claim even a wee bit of Irish…Happy St. Patrick’s Day!


Daily Mass: Trust in the Lord! Catholic Inspiration

Mass Readings – Thursday of the 2nd Week of Lent

Jesus speaks the parable of the rich man and Lazarus to the pharisees, commenting on issues of Heaven/Hell, life after death, and the fact that we have all the information we need to live our faith.  The point: we trust the Lord in this life to be ready to meet Him in the next.

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Daily Mass: The greatest must be a servant. Catholic Inspiration

Mass Readings – Wednesday of the 2nd Week of Lent

Who are the greatest among us?  Those who serve and act as instruments of the grace and power of Christ.  May we all become great!

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Daily Mass: Helping one another. Catholic Inspiration

Mass Readings – Tuesday of the 2nd Week of Lent

One way we can measure our success as disciples: how we help one another.  Whether it is the justice described by Isaiah or the example of Jesus in the Gospel, the Lord accepts our service toward one another as if it were done to Him.

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