Category Archives: Easter

Pentecost: Call upon the Holy Spirit! Catholic Inspiration

The Holy Spirit comes to unite us to God and one another, breaking down the walls of isolation and division, and leading us to cooperation as Sons an Daughters of God.  Where do you see dissent and disunity in your life?  Call upon the Spirit!

Mass Readings – Pentecost Day

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Daily Mass: In the footsteps of Peter and Paul. Catholic Inspiration

The first reading and the Gospel feature elements about Peter and Paul.  Both of these men are giants in the early Church, and through their example we recognize that God continues to call new disciples in every generation.

Mass Reading – Saturday of the 7th Week of Easter

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Daily Mass: Follow the Lord. Catholic Inspiration

We can place ourselves in the Gospel of John as Jesus invites Peter to follow him.  Out of love for the Lord we, too, will be called to make our sacrifices as we put our faith into practice.

Mass Readings – Friday of the 7th Week of Easter

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Daily Mass: The Lord prays for our unity. Catholic Inspiration

Jesus prays for his current and future disciples that they will be one – united to God and one another – as they journey through life.  May our unity flourish in the love of Christ as we draw nearer each day to the Lord.

Mass Readings – Thursday of the 7th Week of Easter 

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Daily Mass: Protection from the wolves. Catholic Inspiration

Both St. Paul and Jesus speak of the challenges all disciples face from the wolves that seek to tear us out of God’s hand.  Knowing that we will face our own spiritual battles, may we fearlessly call upon the Lord for the grace we need to respond with the gift of faith.

Mass Readings – Wednesday of the 7th Week of Easter

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Daily Mass: The Lord prays for us. Catholic Inspiration

Jesus offers a prayer of praise and thanksgiving to the Father, praying for us who believe and follow him as we make our way through the world.

Mass Readings – Tuesday of the 7th Week of Easter

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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 Vigil

Mass Readings – Pentecost 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!

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Note: This post was first published on May 19, 2015.