Monthly Archives: April 2017

3rd Sunday of Easter: In the breaking of the bread. Catholic Inspiration

Mass Readings – 3rd Sunday of Easter

On the road to Emmaus two disciples encountered Jesus as he explained the Scriptures and broke the bread.  These two elements – Scripture and Sacrament – are the core of every Mass.  As Christians have been nourished by the Eucharist from that very first Easter, may we continue to grow in grace every time we encounter the Lord in the breaking of the bread.

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Daily Mass: Facing fear. Catholic Inspiration

Mass Readings – Saturday of the 2nd Week of Easter

The Lord’s words to the disciples to “do not be afraid” speak to us today.  May we face our fears with God’s grace as we respond with faith in Jesus Christ.

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Christ Walking on the Water, Julius Von Klever.


Daily Mass: The Lord feeds us. Catholic Inspiration

Mass Readings – Friday of the 2nd Week of Easter

The Lord feeds the 5000 and sustains them body and soul.  This strength will empower the disciples to face their difficulties with joy, reminding us that every time we receive the Eucharist we are fed by the Lord.

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Daily Mass: Empowered by the Holy Spirit. Catholic Inspiration

Mass Readings – Thursday of the 2nd Week of Easter

Filled with the Holy Spirit, the disciples boldly proclaim the Good News in the face of opposition…inviting us to call upon the Spirit to strengthen us in our moments of difficulty.

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Daily Mass: God’s love changes everything. Catholic Inspiration

Mass Readings – Wednesday of the 2nd Week of Easter

“God so loved the world…”  These words remind us that Christ comes to us in love, transforming our lives and empowering us to go forth with God’s grace to share this love with those around us.

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Photo credit: The Passion of the Christ, 2004.


The Feast of St. Mark

Mass Readings – The Feast of St. Mark, Evangelist

In the Gospel of Mark the Lord says, “Go into the whole world and proclaim the Gospel to every creature.”  As we celebrate the Feast of St. Mark today, may our lives offer a living witness to the Good News as we share our faith with those around us.

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3rd Sunday of Easter: An encounter with the Risen Lord.

Study: Where do you find your faith renewed?  What activities build up your relationship with the Lord?

Pray:  Is there someone in your life who is searching for God?  Pray that the Lord gives you guidance to say and do what is helpful.

Serve: Is there a situation or activity where your time and talent can help others grow closer to the Lord?  How can you get involved?

Mass Readings – 3rd Sunday of Easter

The readings this week are filled with power and zeal.  The resurrection of Jesus inspires the early Church, and their encounter with the Risen Lord in the breaking of the bread testifies to the enduring grace we receive every time we come to Mass.  Take a look:

  • 1st Reading – Peter boldly proclaims the Good News to the crowd
  • Psalm – “Lord, you will show us the path of life.”
  • 2nd Reading – the resurrection renews us to live by God’s grace
  • Gospel – Jesus explains the Scriptures and is made known in the breaking of the bread

A pattern emerges: an encounter with the Risen Lord changes our lives in dynamic and life-giving ways.  Peter is no longer timid or afraid to stand up for Christ; Christians conduct themselves with faith and hope; the disciples have their minds opened and hearts burning as Jesus is present to them in the breaking of the bread.

It is the depth of this change that bears close inspection.  These people are renewed and empowered with a strength and conviction that can inspire us today.  They burn with the flame of faith, and through the example and witness of their lives the Gospel message will spread like wildfire.

This is our task today.  As we look to the early Church, we acknowledge that NOTHING was easy for them.  Their trust in God put them in the path of tremendous obstacles, trials and persecutions.  And yet with God’s grace their triumphed…and we can, too.

I’d like to suggest a simple two-step process:

  1. Where do we encounter the Lord in our lives today?
  2. How can we invite others to experience what gives us life?

The first question requires us to pause and reflect on the prayers, sacraments, fellowship and other life-giving activities that renew our hearts.  The second question challenges us to step out in faith and invite those we know and love to encounter the Risen Lord.  May the faith of the early Church inspire us to proclaim the Good News with passion and joy!