Category Archives: Easter

Daily Mass: Confronting hate with the love of Christ. Catholic Inspiration

The Lord offers a sobering lesson in John’s Gospel that when we follow the God’s command to love, the result at times will be hatred from the world.  Our response?  Love….but with both eyes open so that we can address this hatred with the grace of Jesus Christ.

Mass Readings – Saturday of the 5th Week of Easter


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Daily Mass: The gift of life and the dignity of love. Catholic Inspiration

The Gospel of John offers a beautiful insight into the dignity of love that God grants to humanity.  Jesus calls us friends, elevating us to a glorious relationship with God, and empowers us to offer the gift of our lives with this precious grace.

Mass Readings – Friday of the 5th Week of Easter


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Daily Mass: Commanded to love, filled with joy. Catholic Inspiration

This short passage from John’s Gospel reveals the interaction between the command to love and the gift of joy.  While love often challenges us to stretch our hearts as we care for others, the joy we receive flows straight from the heart of heaven.

Mass Readings – Thursday of the 5th Week of Easter


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Daily Mass: I am the vine, you are the branches. Catholic Inspiration

Jesus teaches in plain language that just like a vine and its branches, when we are connected to Christ we thrive and bear fruit.  Today we consider not only how we can continue to draw closer to the Lord, but also how we might share our lives to bring glory and praise to God in the world today.

Mass Readings – Wednesday of the 5th Week of Easter


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Daily Mass: Peace I leave with you. Catholic Inspiration

Christ offers consolation – a peace that only he can give – to our troubled and fearful hearts.  Where do you see the need for God’s peace in your life today?  Call upon the Lord and receive this tremendous gift of peace.

Mass Readings – Tuesday of the 5th Week of Easter


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6th Sunday of Easter: God’s Peace in our lives

Study: Recall a time when you experienced a profound sense of peace.  What made this possible?

Pray: Ask for God’s peace to touch your life and the those you love.

Serve: Consider ways you can share the peace of Christ with others.  Be an instrument of peace today.

Mass Readings – 6th Sunday of Easter

I find the words of the Lord in the Gospel tremendously comforting:

“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you.
Not as the world gives do I give it to you.
Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid.”  (John 14:27)

How often do we need to hear these words!  How often do we find ourselves disturbed and upset by the frustrations and fears of life?!  And yet, Jesus – who knows us better than we know ourselves – consoles and comforts us with a peace that flows on the wings of the Holy Spirit from the heart of Heaven.

We crave peace: in our hearts, our homes, our work, our community.  There is a tranquility that comes when we are united with one another, free from discord, doubt and misunderstanding.  God’s peace empowers us to walk through the challenges of life with a quiet conviction that we will face whatever comes before us with the guidance of Christ.

Two key thoughts thus emerge:

  1. Where do I need to foster peace in my life?
  2. How can I share God’s peace with others?

Are there parts of my life that hunger for peace?  Bring them to prayer.  Are there ways that I can be an instrument of peace, in my own life and in the lives of others?  Act now.  God’s peace is for the asking and the Holy Spirit is present to renew us with this blessed gift.

May we leave behind our fears and anxieties, turning to Christ for the strength and guidance we need to embrace our lives with joy.

Peace be with you!

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Note: This post was first published on April 26, 2016.

5th Sunday of Easter: The cost of the commandment to love. Catholic Inspiration

We all know that Jesus commands us to love one another, but all too often we overlook the sacrifice it takes to follow the teaching and example of Jesus. All three readings today point out that there will be a cost…and we will pay it with our lives.

Mass Readings – 5th Sunday of Easter


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