Category Archives: Easter

Daily Mass: The witness of Peter and Mary Magdalene. Catholic Inspiration

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Both St. Peter and St. Mary Magdalene reveal the transformation caused by the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Empowered by the Risen Lord, they boldly proclaim the Good News with joy.

Mass Readings – Tuesday in the Octave of Easter

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Monday in the Octave of Easter: Do not be afraid! Catholic Inspiration

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The words of Jesus to the two women and the proclamation of Peter reveal how fear has been cast out of the hearts of the disciples by the power of the resurrection. May this be true for us as well!

Mass Readings – Monday in the Octave of Easter

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Study, Pray, Serve: 2nd Sunday of Easter

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Study: What do the readings say?

Pray: What do the readings say to me?

Serve: What do the readings make me do or say…today?

Let’s take a look at some of the main themes of the readings for the 2nd Sunday of Easter.

1st Reading – Acts 4:32-35

  • The Early Church shares all things in common; no one suffers from grave need.
  • The apostles offer their witness to the resurrection of Christ; they are filled with great power.

Psalm – 118:2-4, 13-15, 22-24

  • The “stone rejected by the builders has become the cornerstone” now applies to Jesus.
  • Christ was rejected, and submitted to the agony of the Cross; Christ’s resurrection now becomes the cornerstone of our faith in God.
  • Our strength and courage from the Lord, who is our savior.

2nd Reading – 1 John 5:1-6

  • Everyone who believes in Christ is empowered to love God and one another. Our love for the Lord empowers us to keep his commandments.
  • Our faith in Christ leads to a victory that conquers the world.

Gospel – John 20:19-31

  • Jesus appears to the disciples, offering them peace and the Holy Spirit.
  • Jesus appears to the disciples (this time with Thomas) and speaks about those who have not seen the Risen Lord but who in faith overcome their doubt and believe.

Mass Readings – 2nd Sunday of Easter

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Easter Day: We live with joyful hope! Catholic Inspiration

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The resurrection of Jesus Christ changes everything! From that Easter Day long ago, human hearts and lives have been transformed with God’s grace. Our fears fall away in the face of the Risen Lord. May this glorious hope renew us today!

Mass Readings – Easter Day

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Easter Vigil: Embrace your faith! Catholic Inspiration

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This night we hear the great message of salvation history, fulfilled in the saving death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. This is our faith! May we live it with conviction and joy!

Mass Readings – Easter Vigil

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Holy Week

Holy Week

Pastoral Note: This post was originally given on April 12, 2014.  I share it once again in the hope that all of us will enter more fully into the gift of this sacred time.  Fr. Andrew

Study:  Recall a time in your life when you experienced death and new life.  Where did you find the strength?  Who helped you through this time?

Pray:  Spend some time reflecting on the death and resurrection of Jesus this week.  Read Mark 14-16; Matthew 26-28; Luke 22-24; and John 18-21.  Take in as many prayer opportunities as possible in your parish.

Serve:  Who in your life is dealing with life and death issues right now?  How might you be present to them to offer help, comfort, or strength?

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We enter into the heart of the Christian mystery: Holy Week offers us a time to pause, reflect, and pray as the Church ponders on the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

This mystery, often called the Paschal Mystery, recalls us to the saving work of the Lord.  His death frees of from the burdens of sin and death, and his resurrection opens for us the path to eternal life.  This mystery is profoundly experienced over the Triduum – the 3 Great Days:

  • Holy Thursday – the Mass of the Lord’s Supper
  • Good Friday – the Passion of the Christ
  • Easter (Vigil/Day) – the Resurrection of the Lord

On Holy Thursday we find ourselves in Jerusalem, eating with the disciples at the Lord’s Supper and feeling awkward as he washes their feet – wondering how we would react if he did that for us.  We might identify with Peter or Judas – especially when we consider the times we have willingly betrayed or turned our back on the Lord.

On Good Friday we experience the physical pain, emotional abandonment, and personal humiliation on the path to Calvary (also called Golgotha or Skull Place) and look on with horror at the cruel death of Jesus.  We might also consider the times we have helped others – as Simon did when he was forced to carry the Cross of Christ.    And then we stand in profound sorrow with Mary, the Mother of Jesus, helpless as the innocent suffer injustice.

On Easter we wait in vigil and rise early in the morning with Mary Magdalen, only to find to our wonder and joy that the tomb is empty:  Christ is alive!  Our world, like that of the apostles, is changed forever as we experience new hope and life.

A word to the wise – we get out of Holy Week what we put into it.  Here are some simple ways for an incredible experience.

  • Make church services a top priority – Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter (Vigil or Day).
  • Take time to read and reflect on the scriptures (see at the top under “Pray”).
  • Make Holy Thursday an opportunity to offer a special act of service or kindness to another.
  • Make Good Friday fasting extra special with a gift to a particular charity that helps the poor.
  • Make Easter a time of gratitude – take a quiet moment to count our blessings and thank the Lord.
  • Find some time throughout this week to tell the people in our lives how much we love them.

May this be a time for all of us to grow closer to the Lord and one another.

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Walking with the Lord in Holy Week (March 9-12, 2015 – Our Lady of the Valley – Green Valley, AZ) This parish mission takes the listener on a journey with Christ – from his entry into Jerusalem, through the Last Supper, his Passion, and his Resurrection.

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Pentecost: Come Holy Spirit! Catholic Inspiration

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The Holy Spirit comes upon the disciples, empowering and transforming them with grace. May we call upon the gift of the Spirit in our lives today, embracing the gifts we have received and sharing them in the world.

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Daily Mass: Finishing one chapter to begin another. Catholic Inspiration

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As we finish our Easter readings from the Acts of the Apostles, we see how both Peter and Paul commit their lives to the Lord. As a chapter of their lives comes to an end, they point us to the beginning of our final destination: eternal life!

Mass Readings – Saturday of the 7th Week of Easter

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Daily Mass: What we can control when we can’t control anything. Catholic Inspiration

St. Peter and St. Paul remain true to the Lord even though they will be imprisoned and killed. May their example inspire us to choose Christ when all other choices have been taken away.

Mass Readings – Friday of the 7th Week of Easter

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Daily Mass: Our union with the Lord gives us strength. Catholic Inspiration

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The contrast between the unity that Christ prays for and the uproar around St. Paul reveals our constant need to seek out ways to grow closer together through the love of God.

Mass Readings – Thursday of the 7th Week of Easter

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