Category Archives: Easter

The Ascension of the Lord. Catholic Inspiration

The Lord’s ascension into heaven marks a shift for the disciples as they transition from their experiences with Jesus to proclaiming the Gospel on their own.  Life offers us many such transitions as opportunities that help us grow in wisdom and strength…for this life and the life to come.

Mass Readings – The Ascension of the Lord

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Daily Mass: Speaking boldly and listening attentively. Catholic Inspiration

The disciple Apollos was boldly speaking about Jesus when he encountered other disciples who took him aside and fostered his faith.  Throughout our lives we are called to speak and listen as we grow closer to the Lord.

Mass Readings – Saturday of the 6th Week of Easter

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Daily Mass: Living our faith 24/7. Catholic Inspiration

St. Paul’s example in Corinth reminds us that every moment of our day offers opportunities to proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ.  People are always watching and listening; what is the message they receive from us today?

Mass Readings – Thursday of the 6th Week of Easter

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Daily Mass: We follow the guidance of the Holy Spirit. Catholic Inspiration

Jesus promises that the Holy Spirit will guide us through this life.  May we call upon the Spirit each day and follow with confidence as we journey toward Heaven.

Mass Readings – Wednesday of 6th Easter

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Daily Mass: The Holy Spirit helps in times of trial. Catholic Inspiration

The challenges that Paul and Silas encountered in Philippi reveal the pattern that all Christians face throughout life.  Yet the strength we need to meet these trials comes not from our efforts alone; we rely on the power of the Holy Spirit to face what comes our way.

Mass Readings – Tuesday of the 6th Week of Easter

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The Feast of the Ascension

Study:  Reflect on a moment of profound change in your life.  What lessons did you learn?

Pray:  Ask the Lord for guidance to proclaim the Good News in your current situation.

Serve:  Do you know someone who is experiencing great change right now?  How can you help them?

Mass Readings – Feast of the Ascension of the Lord

About this time of year students experience transition.  The academic year is coming to a close, classes are wrapping up, papers are written and exams taken.  It is a time where one can clearly see change: teachers and classmates conclude their studies and look to new opportunities and experiences in the summer.

For some it might be work; others might attend summer school; still others might experience a move to a new location.  Change takes many forms, but through it all some key points emerge:

  • New People
  • New Locations
  • Opportunity to apply learning to life

The Feast of the Ascension is one such moment of profound change in the early Church.  Rejoicing with one another over the Resurrection, the apostles were flying high – the Lord is risen!  In this moment of enthusiasm and hope, the Lord (truly in the role of Teacher) shares with them a new lesson – it’s time to change and grow.

Now they are the ones who must teach; they are the ones chosen to proclaim the Good News; through their efforts the Holy Spirit will empower them to heal and drive out demons.  Simply put, the Ascension of Jesus clears the way for the disciples to apply the Lord’s teaching in their own lives as they continue Christ’s mission in the world.

We are part of that mission.  We received our faith from those who came before us, and today we have an opportunity to proclaim the Good News to those in our lives.  Here are some thoughts:

  • Family – who often see us in unguarded moments
  • Friends – sustained and strengthened by our efforts
  • Coworkers – witness our character and conviction
  • Classmates – supported and encouraged in learning
  • Neighbors – perceive our actions and effort
  • Strangers – 1st impressions that point to Christ
  • Enemies – encounter justice and mercy with forgiveness

The Good News takes many forms, and in our moments of transition we are given new opportunities to act.  May the Ascension of our Lord inspire us to look for change in our own lives and seek ways where we can live joyful lives as disciples of Jesus Christ!

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Note: This post was first published on May 12, 2015.


6th Sunday of Easter: God’s peace calms our hearts. Catholic Inspiration

Jesus assures us that the Holy Spirit will be sent to bring peace to our hearts.  Where do we see the need for peace in our lives today?  May we turn to the Lord who longs to offer this grace to face whatever we find in the world today.

Mass Readings – 6th Sunday of Easter

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