Monthly Archives: April 2020

Daily Mass: How will we share the faith we’ve received? Catholic Inspiration

Philip’s conversation today reveals the need to share the gift of faith. Somebody told us about Jesus; now it’s our turn to pass on the Good News to another.

Mass Readings – Thursday of the 3rd Week of Easter


Daily Mass: Why we like cheering for the underdog. Catholic Inspiration

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I love watching “underdog” movies…you know, where someone fights for the impossible dream, against all odds, moving uphill every step of the way. In daily life we see inspiring examples all around us, and in the Church we know that with God’s grace we flourish in the midst of struggle.

Mass Readings – Wednesday of the 3rd Week of Easter


Daily Mass: The martyrdom of St. Stephen. Catholic Inspiration

Stephen is the first disciple to be martyred: to die for his faith in Jesus Christ. His example reminds us that we will all make an offering of our lives – in great and small ways – as we put our faith into practice.

Mass Readings – Tuesday of the 3rd Week of Easter


Daily Mass: The example of St. Stephen. Catholic Inspiration

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St. Stephen’s faith gets noticed by a hostile group of people who strive to oppose him. His example reveals a simple truth: a vibrant faith in Christ will draw people…and sometimes require us to stand our ground.

Mass Readings – Monday of the 3rd Week of Easter


4th Sunday of Easter: The call of the Shepherd.

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Study: Consider a time when your drifted in your convictions and faith.  What helped you get back on track?

Pray: Is there something keeping you from the Lord or another person?  Pray for the grace to reconcile.

Serve: Do you know others who are struggling with their faith?  How can you support their journey back to God?

Mass Readings – 4th Sunday of Easter

Themes of repentance, baptism, and sheep surface this week.  Take a look:

  • 1st Reading – Peter exhorts the crowd to repent and be baptized
  • Psalm – “The Lord is my shepherd, there is nothing I shall want.”
  • 2nd Reading – Christ bore our sins on the Cross, for we were like straying sheep
  • Gospel – The Lord is the gate for the sheep; we must pass through Him

The Scriptures speak of Jesus as both Shepherd and Gate.  Why?  Because like sheep sometimes we find ourselves in trouble, unprotected, abandoned, and in need of serious help.  The shepherd guards and guides the sheep; entry through the gate allows the sheep to pass into a place of safety.

Our human need for help arises from our sins.  While the joy of this Easter season is ringing in our hearts, we still take the time to call to mind our need for the Savior – the Good Shepherd – who offers his life for us.  Indeed, it is the saving death and resurrection of Jesus that we proclaim in every Baptism, Confession, and Eucharist…sacraments that many receive in this holy season.

Knowing that the Lord has freed us from sin and death, we can honestly acknowledge our sins and joyfully offer our gratitude – running to the Lord for the grace and strength we need.

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Note: This post was first published on May 1, 2017.

3rd Sunday of Easter: Meeting Christ in the Eucharist. Catholic Inspiration

On the road to Emmaus two disciples – disappointed and downcast – are leaving Jerusalem. Their encounter with Christ through the Scriptures and the Eucharist transforms their hearts and renews their faith.

Mass Readings – 3rd Sunday of Easter


St. Mark the Evangelist: Proclaim the Good News! Catholic Inspiration

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On this Feast of St. Mark the evangelist we are reminded that all of us are called to proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ – by our words, actions and example – so that others can see how the Lord brings power and joy to our lives.

Mass Readings – St. Mark the Evangelist


Daily Mass: A spiritual insight that guides our lives. Catholic Inspiration

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The wisdom of Gamaliel reveals a spiritual insight: things of divine origin cannot be destroyed. As we place our lives under God’s guidance, may we seek the Lord in everything we do.

Mass Readings – Friday of the 2nd Week of Easter


Daily Mass: When our faith in God is tested. Catholic Inspiration

The tomb of Jesus in the Church of the Holy Sepulcher – my photo during my last pilgrimage.

The Apostles declare that they “must obey God and not men” as they stand before the hostile Sanhedrin. Risking their lives, they show us the test of faith…even to the point of death.

Mass Readings – Thursday of the 2nd Week of Easter


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Daily Mass: God gives us strength to do God’s work. Catholic Inspiration

The Apostles encounter hostility from their preaching and are thrown in prison; God sends an angel to free them…to get back to the work of God!

Mass Readings – Wednesday of the 2nd Week of Easter


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