Monthly Archives: June 2020

Daily Mass: Christ calms our fears and strengthens our souls. Catholic Inspiration

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As Jesus rebukes the storm, the terror of the disciples changes to amazement. May the Lord strengthen us to face our fears today!

Mass Readings – Tuesday of the 13th Week of the Year

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14th Sunday of the Year: Receive the gentle comfort of Jesus.

Study:  When have you experienced tenderness in your life?  How did it affect you?

Pray:  Is there someone you know who is in pain right now?  Pray for the gentleness of Jesus to touch them.

Serve:  Is there someone you can help?  Perhaps you are uniquely suited to ease their burden and bring them comfort.

Mass Readings – 14th Sunday of the Year

Here’s a quick recap of the readings:

  • 1st Reading – Zechariah offers a prophecy about Jesus
  • Psalm – “I will praise your name for ever, my king and my God.”
  • 2nd Reading – Paul teaches that the Spirit of Christ dwells in us
  • Gospel – Christ offers rest to all who labor and are burdened

When you think of all the ways that God could choose to be revealed to humanity, perhaps nothing seems at first more shocking than the tender humility that the Messiah reveals.  God does not overwhelm our senses with awesome power; rather, God gets under our radar and lovingly touches our hearts without force or pretense.

Jesus Christ comes into our world:

  • Meek and riding a donkey (not a stallion at the head of an angelic army)
  • Bringing comfort and healing (as opposed to a war cry and battle plan)
  • Offering his Spirit so that we might be transformed into newness of life

No wonder the Psalmist could offer praises to God!  The Lord is approachable, gentle, accessible and understanding.  Jesus Christ meets us in our most wounded and vulnerable places, for through his Cross he has experienced the full range of human pain…and redeemed it.

So come to the Lord.  Embrace the one who meets us where we are and longs to heal our pain.  May we let go of our worries and fears; may we let the Lord take us by the hand and lead us into newness of life.

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Note: This post was first published on July 3, 2017.


St. Peter and St. Paul. Catholic Inspiration

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Saint Peter and Saint Paul – two of the great heavy-hitters in Heaven – remind us that the Lord continues to call imperfect people every day to offer their lives for the glory of God.

Mass Readings – Solemnity of St. Peter and St. Paul

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13th Sunday of the Year: We die to sin and rise with Christ. Catholic Inspiration

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St. Paul’s letter to the Romans teaches that we die to sin and rise with Christ, and as we place our hope in the Lord we have a strength to confront the darkness and evil that we uncover lurking in our hearts.

Mass Readings – 13th Sunday of the Year

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Daily Mass: An example of faith in God. Catholic Inspiration

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The response of the Roman soldier offers us an example of rock solid faith in Jesus.

Mass Readings – Saturday of the 12th Week of the Year

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Daily Mass: The will of God. Catholic Inspiration

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The exchange between Jesus and the leper in the Gospel of Matthew reveals God’s compassion and desire to heal our souls.

Mass Readings – Friday of the 12th Week of the Year

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Daily Mass: We build our lives on Jesus Christ. Catholic Inspiration

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Jesus teaches his disciples that when we build our lives upon His words we find strength and support to face the storms of life. Let the construction commence!

Mass Readings – Thursday of the 12th Week of the Year

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The Birth of John the Baptist. Catholic Inspiration

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John’s birth ushers in a new event in salvation history as he prepares the people and points out the Messiah to them. His example inspires us to recognize Christ present in our lives as we lead others to Jesus.

Mass Readings – The Birth of John the Baptist

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Daily Mass: Choose the narrow path of God’s love. Catholic Inspiration

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Loving God and others – especially when we find ourselves in difficult moments – challenges us to stretch and grow. Welcome to the narrow gate that leads to eternal life.

Mass Readings – Tuesday of the 12th Week of the Year

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Daily Mass: Let’s pay attention to our own sins first. Catholic Inspiration

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The Lord offers some powerful spiritual insights to the disciples, reminding us of the importance to examine carefully the state of our souls.

Mass Readings – Monday of the 12th Week of the Year

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