Monthly Archives: April 2019

Daily Mass: Christ is our hope! Catholic Inspiration

As Jesus speaks to Nicodemus we discover that our hope in Christ gives us the strength we need for our earthly journey.  Whatever challenges we encounter in this life, we look to the Lord’s victory over sin and death to guide us to Heaven.

Mass Readings – Tuesday of the 2nd Week of Easter

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3rd Sunday of Easter: Do you love the Lord? Catholic Inspiration

Yes-LordYou-know-that-I-love-you.

Study:  Reflect on an experience where your faith got you through a difficult time.  What (or who) in particular helped you?

Pray:  Offer up the needs of loved ones who are experiencing tough times right now.  Pray for them!

Serve:  Is there a way that you can offer fellowship or support for someone struggling?  How can you lighten their load?

Mass Readings – 3rd Sunday of Easter

The power of Easter shines through the Scripture readings this week:

  • 1st Reading – The Disciples face persecution for their witness
  • Psalm – “I will praise you Lord, for you have rescued me.”
  • 2nd Reading – John’s vision of Heaven, where angels worship Christ
  • Gospel – Jesus asks Peter “Do you love me?” three times

The disciples, freed from fear, now boldly proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ.  In fact, they wear their hardships like badges of honor – “rejoicing that they had been found worthy to suffer dishonor for the sake of the name.” (Acts 5:41)

A key point emerges: being a Christian does not mean that life will be easy.  On the contrary!  Striving to live in a manner worthy of Christ means that we will stand out and at times face hostility because we seek to live a Godly life.  At times we will encounter obstacles, setbacks, personal failures, and perhaps even ridicule – yet even in our weaknesses and failures we draw on the strength of the Lord for grace, mercy, and life.

This strength is highlighted in the encounter between Jesus and Peter, which takes place on the shore of the Sea of Galilee after the resurrection.  Peter has to face the Lord (the one he betrayed three times) and confront his own personal failure as he meets his friend and Savior.  Coming to Jesus (who knows his heart) Peter admits his inadequacy even as he affirms his love for the Lord.

These readings give us hope!  In tough times or smooth sailing, we turn (and return) to Christ for the wisdom and guidance we need.  And if we fail, we fall facing Jesus, who will lift us back up with a grace and strength to help us in our adversity – asking only that we renew our love for the one who died and rose for our salvation.

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Note: This post was first published on April 4, 2016.


2nd Sunday of Easter: Making disciples for the Lord Jesus. Catholic Inspiration

The first reading from the Acts of the Apostles reveals how the early Church, filled with the Holy Spirit, grew in numbers as the Apostles continued the ministry of Jesus.  Their example becomes our inspiration today to go and make disciples for the Lord.

Mass Readings – 2nd Sunday of Easter

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Daily Mass: The Risen Lord appears to disciples. Catholic Inspiration

Mark’s Gospel offers three different occasions where the Risen Lord appeared to fourteen disciples: Mary Magdalene, Two on the road to Emmaus and the Eleven Apostles.  In these encounters we see our own human need for the time and effort necessary to grow in our faith.

Mass Readings – Saturday of the Octave of Easter

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Daily Mass: St. Peter is transformed. Catholic Inspiration

The first reading reveals the transformation to St. Peter as the resurrection of Christ takes hold of his heart.  Casting aside doubt and fear, Peter proclaims the Good News in the face of persecution and trial…reminding us that as disciples we can draw upon the same strength today.

Mass Readings – Friday of the Octave of Easter

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Daily Mass: The resurrection empowers our lives. Catholic Inspiration

The readings today reveal the power of the resurrection to transform hearts and equip disciples to proclaim the Good News.  Like the first Apostles, we have an opportunity every day to draw strength from the Lord for the task at hand.

Mass Readings – Thursday of the Octave of Easter

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Daily Mass: In the name of Jesus. Catholic Inspiration

Peter and John show how the name of Jesus brings hope and life to a beggar.  Following their example, we offer our lives today as a living witness to the power of God in the world.

Mass Readings – Wednesday of the Octave of Easter

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