Category Archives: Feasts & Solemnities

The Immaculate Heart of Mary. Catholic Inspiration

The feast today offers us an insight into what happens to our hearts when we embrace God’s love. The intensity of Mary’s love in light of her “Yes!” to God indicates that the love of Christ will transform us in ways beyond our wildest imagination.

Mass Readings – The Immaculate Heart of Mary

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The Sacred Heart of Jesus. Catholic Inspiration

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This feast draws us into the awesome mystery of God’s unconditional love for us…inspiring us to embrace this love into our hearts and let it flow through our lives.

Mass Readings – The Most Sacred Heart of Jesus

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Corpus Christi: Holy Communion is the Real Presence of Jesus Christ. Catholic Inspiration

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At every Mass the bread and wine become the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ, what we call the Real Presence. In his teaching to the disciples, the Lord defines and commands us to receive him in Holy Communion. In light of the past year with the pandemic, we have discovered just how crucial it is for us to carry out this command of Christ.

Mass Readings – The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ

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Study, Pray, Serve: The Body and Blood of Christ

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On this feast of the Body and Blood of the Christ (Corpus Christi), let’s take a look at some of the themes that surface in the readings.

1st Reading – Exodus 24:3-8

  • The people affirm that they will “do everything that the Lord has told us.”
  • Moses sprinkles the people with the blood of the sacrifice to show their covenant with God.

Psalm – 116:12-13,15-16,17-18

  • “I will take the cup of salvation, and call on the name of the Lord.”
  • We are the Lord’s servants, and we make our vows to God.

2nd Reading – Hebrews 9:11-15

  • Jesus Christ offers his blood as the sacrifice that cleanses us.
  • Christ is the mediator of a new covenant, made possible by his saving death.

Gospel – Mark 14:12-16,22-26

  • Jesus directs his disciples to prepare the Passover meal.
  • Jesus offers his Body and Blood as a new covenant.

Mass Readings – The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ

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Mary, the Mother of the Church. Catholic Inspiration

This feast highlights the unique role that the Blessed Virgin Mary holds in the life of the Church. May we ask her for continued help and guidance as we draw near to her Son.

Mass Readings – Memorial of the BVM, Mother of the Church

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Study, Pray, Serve: The Most Holy Trinity

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The Most Holy Trinity is a central mystery of our faith. Let’s take a look at some of the themes that surface in the readings this week.

1st Reading – Deuteronomy 4:43-34,39-40

  • God is the Lord of all creation, and there is no other.
  • The people are enjoined to keep God’s commandments.

Psalm – 33:4-5,6,9,18-19,20,22

  • “Blessed the people the Lord has chosen to be his own.”
  • God is upright, just and right; God’s kindness is witnessed in creation.
  • We wait for the Lord, who delivers us from death.

2nd Reading – Romans 4:14-17

  • We are children of God by adoption through the Spirit
  • We call upon God, “Abba, Father!”
  • United with God, we will suffer so that we may be glorified.

Gospel – Matthew 28:16-20

  • All power has been given to Christ.
  • Christ commands us to baptize in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
  • Christ is with us always, until the end of the age.

Mass Readings – The Most Holy Trinity

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Pentecost: God’s power at work in our lives. Catholic Inspiration

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The Holy Spirit profoundly transformed the disciples and sent them into the world with the Good News. May we today open our hearts to the Spirit as we seek to offer our lives in service of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Mass Readings – Pentecost

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Study, Pray, Serve: Pentecost

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The feast of Pentecost brings the season of Easter to a stunning conclusion with several Scripture options, depending on the Mass you attend and the choice of the presider. Let’s take a look:

Vigil Mass

  • Genesis 11:1-9 – The tower of Babel
  • Exodus 19:3-8,16-20 – Moses leads the people to meet God at the foot of Mount Sinai
  • Ezekiel 37:1-14 – God brings the Spirit and restores the dried bones to life
  • Joel 3:1-5 – God will pour the Spirit upon the people
  • Psalm 104 – “Lord, send out your Spirit, and renew the face of the earth.”
  • Romans 8:22-27 – The Spirit comes to the aid of our weakness
  • John 7:37-39 – Jesus speaks of the Spirit as a living water that flows from within

Mass during the Day

  • Acts 2:1-11 – The Holy Spirit descends upon the disciples and they speak many different languages
  • Psalm 104 – “Lord, send out your Spirit, and renew the face of the earth.”
  • 1 Corinthians 12:3-7,12-13 – The Spirit gives many different gifts and unites the many parts of the body
  • Galatians 5:16-25 – Live and be guided by the Spirit and the fruit of the Spirit
  • John 20:19-23 – Jesus breathes on the disciples, offering them peace and the Holy Spirit
  • John 15:26-27; 16:12-15 – Jesus speaks of the Spirit of truth, the Advocate

These readings are all powerful reminders that the Holy Spirit is among us! May we call upon the Spirit each and every day for the strength and wisdom we need as we strive to offer our lives for the Lord.

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 will 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 Holy Spirit we may be truly wise and ever enjoy His consolations. Through Christ our Lord. Amen!

Mass Readings – Pentecost

Vigil Mass

Mass during the Day

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The Ascension of the Lord. Catholic Inspiration

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The Ascension of the Lord reveals how God works in our lives during times of transition and change. May our trust in Christ help us to respond to divine grace, especially in those awkward and uncomfortable moments that are part of daily life.

Mass Readings – The Ascension of the Lord

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Study, Pray, Serve: The Ascension of the Lord

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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 we find in the Scripture readings for the Ascension of the Lord.

1st Reading – Acts 1:1-11

  • The introduction serves as a bridge between the Gospel of Luke and the Acts of the Apostles (both written by the same author.)
  • The apostles will receive the power of the Holy Spirit and proclaim the Good News to “the ends of the earth.”

Psalm 47:2-3,6-7,8-9

  • The Church applies this psalm directly to the triumph of Jesus as he ascends to Heaven.
  • We rejoice over the victory of our God!

2nd Reading – Option 1 – Ephesians 1:17-23

  • A prayer for wisdom and understanding for all disciples.
  • Reviews the supremacy of Christ over all things.

2nd Reading – Option 2 – Ephesians 4:1-13

  • An invitation to live a life that is worthy of the call that we have received.
  • We have received gifts to be shared for the building up of the body of Christ.

Gospel – Mark 16:15-20

  • Christ commands his disciples to “go into the whole world and proclaim the gospel to every creature.”
  • The disciples will be filled with power and able to perform many different signs.
  • Christ ascends into Heaven; the disciples carry out his mission.

Mass Readings – The Ascension of the Lord

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Note: This post was first published on May 10, 2021.