Category Archives: Easter

Pentecost: Come Holy Spirit! Catholic Inspiration

The Holy Spirit transforms the Lord’s disciples, empowering them in the face of adversity and uniting them in love.  The same Spirit continues to work in our lives today, inviting us to call out for the help and guidance we need as we journey through this life.

Mass Readings – Vigil

Mass Readings – Extended Vigil

Mass Readings – Day


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Daily Mass: Our unique path to follow Jesus. Catholic Inspiration

Jesus reminds Peter in the Gospel of John to focus on his own particular path and not worry about anyone else.  It’s a good lesson for us all as we concentrate our effort to carry out the unique tasks that each of us has received from the Lord.

Mass Readings – Saturday of the 7th Week of Easter


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Daily Mass: Do you love the Lord? Catholic Inspiration

After the resurrection, Jesus asks Peter three times “Do you love me?”  It’s a powerful reminder that God’s answer to human weakness and limitation is love…and our invitation is to offer our love to the Lord – regardless of our imperfections – with an open heart.

Mass Readings – Friday of the 7th Week of Easter


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Photo Credit: Son of God, 2014.

Daily Mass: United in the love of Jesus Christ. Catholic Inspiraiton

Jesus speaks of our need to unite our hearts in love, and he offers the example of the Heavenly Father to inspire us.  May God’s love empower each of us to look for ways that we can unite when we are confronted with division.

Mass Readings – Thursday of the 7th Week of Easter


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Daily Mass: The Joy that comes from Jesus Christ. Catholic Inspiration

Jesus prays to the Father that the disciples might share in his joy.  As a Fruit of the Spirit, joy is a quality that arises from our love with God and one another.  May we look for joy in our lives today and share the joy of Jesus Christ with those we meet.

Mass Readings – Wednesday of the 7th Week of Easter


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Daily Mass: The Lord prays for us. Catholic Inspiration

In the Gospel of John we hear today how the Lord prays to his Heavenly Father for the disciples.  In other words, the Lord prays for us!  May this personal relationship we have with Jesus draw us closer to the Christ and one another.

Mass Readings – Tuesday of the 7th Week of Easter


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Christ on the Mount of Olives, Josef Untersberger.

The Power and Unity of Pentecost

Study:  Reflect on a time when you encountered a difficult experience.  Where did you find your strength?

Pray:  Ask for the Holy Spirit to help you, especially to unite with others in challenging situations.

Serve:  How can you help foster unity in your life?  What can you do to bring people together?

Mass Readings:

Pentecost Sunday at the Vigil Mass

Pentecost Sunday Extended Vigil

Pentecost Sunday Mass During the Day

It can be somewhat confusing to know what readings to follow – depending on the day and the options available a person can hear a number of different Scripture readings this weekend.  Stepping back for a moment, however, we can tease out some major themes that surface on this important feast of the Church:

  • Power – to face what comes before us with God’s strength
  • Unity – to join together beyond boundaries and divisions

In many respects this feast marks the birthday of the Church.  The disciples, having watched the Lord ascend to Heaven, are now “on their own” to carry out the Good News of Christ.  The point, of course, is that they are not alone!  Filled with the Holy Spirit their hearts are transformed and their lives forever changed.  They have become willing instruments empowered by the Spirit to speak and act for the glory of God.  They don’t look anything like their former selves – timid, fearful, and self-serving; they now fearlessly engage the world with the conviction that Jesus is Lord.

And as they are strengthened by the Spirit one sign increasingly becomes apparent – the unity of believers as a self evident sign that God’s grace is at work.  Several approaches underscore this sense of unity:

  • Understanding one another beyond the challenge of language
  • Working together as a body does with its many parts
  • Becoming spiritually fruitful
  • Forgiveness with one another

Language, cooperation, fruitfulness, and forgiveness are all hallmarks of the Spirit’s presence in our lives.  All are crucial and take an enormous amount of effort – supported by the POWER of the Holy Spirit!

Is there a place in our lives today that would benefit from unity?  Are there relationships and situations that require healing and strength to grow?  Do we recognize circumstances (perhaps beyond our control) that cry out for the Lord’s intervention?  If so, then we can confidently turn to the Spirit for the grace we need to face what lies before us.

Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and kindle in them the fire of your love.  Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created, and you shall renew the face of the earth.  O God, who by the light of the Holy Spirit did instruct the hearts of the faithful , grant that by the same Spirit we may be truly wise, and ever rejoice in his consolation.  Through Christ our Lord.  Amen!