Monthly Archives: March 2019

4th Sunday of Lent: The love of the Father. Catholic Inspiration

The parable of the Prodigal Son proclaims the tender compassion of the Father.  In our wayward moments the Lord continues to run to us in our need, reaching out with mercy, forgiveness and love.

Mass Readings – 4th Sunday of Lent

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Daily Mass: O God, be merciful to me, a sinner. Catholic Inspiration

Jesus offers a parable that speaks to our hearts.  When we are caught in pride and selfishness, the words of the tax collector can restore our perspective and need for the Lord.  As we reflect on our sins and shortcomings may we call out and say, “O God, be merciful to me, a sinner.”

Mass Readings – Saturday of the 3rd Week of Lent

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Daily Mass: Always do the most important things. Catholic Inspiration

When asked what is the most important commandment, Jesus responds by citing Deuteronomy 6:4-5 and Leviticus 19:18 and swiftly summarizes the life of faith by condensing the Ten Commandments down to two.  As we take these two crucial commandments to heart may they guide every aspect of our lives each and every day.

Mass Readings – Friday of the 3rd Week of Lent

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Daily Mass: Two aspects of the Kingdom of God. Catholic Inspiration

After casting out a demon, Jesus responds to criticism with a teaching that illustrates the power and unity that flow from the Kingdom of God.  It’s a good reminder for us today, for when we are united in Christ then we have the strength we need to face the evil in our lives.

Mass Readings – Thursday of the 3rd Week of Lent

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Daily Mass: Christ is the fulfillment of the Old Testament

Jesus tells his disciples that he has come to fulfill the Law and the Prophets.  This understanding of fulfillment is one of the reasons why the Church continues to study the Old Testament, for by learning about our spiritual past we can follow the Lord with faith in our future.

Mass Readings – Wednesday of the 3rd Week of Lent

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Daily Mass: Forgiveness as a way of life. Catholic Inspiration

Peter’s question is followed by a parable that underscores the crucial role of forgiveness in the life of a disciple of Jesus Christ.  It begs the question: who do we need to forgive today?  May the words of the Lord inspire us to forgive one another as God forgives us.

Mass Reading – Tuesday of the 3rd Week of Lent

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4th Sunday of Lent: The Parable of the Prodigal Son

A man & two sons

Study: Reflect on your life for a moment.  When was a time you really (REALLY) messed up?  When was a time you were upset that others didn’t “get what they deserve” when it came to punishment?

Pray:  What in your life needs God’s forgiveness and mercy right now?  Ask for the Lord’s grace.

Serve:  How can you reach out to others, to foster reconciliation and a new beginning?  How can you help heal a situation in your life?

Mass Readings – 4th Sunday of Lent

Who doesn’t know the parable of the Prodigal Son?  This story told by Jesus has 3 main characters:

  • The Father – who reaches out to his sons
  • The Younger Son – who is reckless and wasteful in his sins
  • The Older Son – who is angry and unwilling to forgive his brother

Let’s start with the Younger Son.  He messes up – no question about that.  He presumes his inheritance, wastes it on sinful living, and is reduced to abject poverty through his own fault.  Finally, at the end of his rope he comes to his senses and asks for mercy, if only to be a servant in his Father’s house.

The Older Son is dutiful, hard working, and faithful.  He does his duty and carries out every command.  Yet when he hears how the Father celebrates his younger brother’s return he is angry…it’s not fair!

Finally the Father.  Note how the Father goes out to both of his sons.  The Father takes the initiative:

  • with the Younger Son he runs out to meet him and assure him a place in the household
  • with the Older Son he goes out to meet him to encourage forgiveness and welcome

Perhaps we might use the next few days to consider this simple question:  Which Son am I?  Have I made some really bad mistakes, caused harm, and wounded relationships with others?  Have I held on to a grudge, nursing old injuries, unwilling to forgive and seek reconciliation?  Or perhaps we are a mixture of both – making our share of messes and denying mercy to those in need.

Whatever we discover about ourselves, we will find our Father who comes to meet us where we are and lead us to a deeper level of grace.  May we return to the Lord in our need and be filled with the grace of healing reconciliation.

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If you are looking for more material to help you this Lent, you might consider this list of presentations I have offered over the last couple of years.  Feel free to check it out and share if you find it helpful:

Podcast Resources for a Powerful Lent

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Note: This post was first published on February 29, 2016.