Daily Mass: Responding to the needs around us. Catholic Inspiration

As the early Church began to grow new ministries were called for as needs were discerned.  This is how the Church continues to thrive today: we recognize the need, call forth the people and are guided by key principles to direct our effort.  Now get to work!

Mass Readings – Saturday of the 2nd Week of Easter

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Daily Mass: God feeds us, body and soul. Catholic Inspiration

Anyone who loves cooking knows the wonderful smell of fresh baked bread.  Our bodies require daily nourishment to thrive, and we rely on spiritual food for our relationship with the Lord.  Jesus offers both in John’s account today of the miracle of the fish and loaves.

Mass Readings – Friday of the 2nd Week of Easter

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Daily Mass: Focused on the things of Heaven. Catholic Inspiration

The Apostles speak boldly about the Risen Lord in the face of opposition, and their example inspires us to call upon the Holy Spirit for strength and wisdom as we journey through this life…with our eyes focused on Heaven.

Mass Readings – Thursday of the 2nd Week of Easter

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Daily Mass: Light and Darkness. Catholic Inspiration

While today’s passage from the Gospel of John remains one of the most well known and beloved of all Scripture, the verses that follow indicate the choice that we all have to make.  Do we seek Christ, the Light of the world, or do we prefer darkness…because our deeds are evil?  May we face our temptations and resolutely follow the Lord, whose light shines in our world and helps us find our way.

Mass Readings – Wednesday of the 2nd Week of Easter (St. Stanislaus)

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Daily Mass: Born from above, by the power of the Holy Spirit. Catholic Inspiration

Jesus speaks with Nicodemus about the Holy Spirit.  We have received this Spirit in our hearts at Baptism, and the Lord gives us the strength and wisdom to make our way through this life to Heaven.  Our task: to let the Spirit work in our lives!

Mass Readings – Tuesday of the 2nd Week of Easter

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3rd Sunday of Easter: Repentance in the light of the resurrection.

Study: Reflect on a time when you willingly took on a hard task with joy.  What gave you courage to begin?

Pray: Is there something that needs to change in your life?  Pray for the grace to begin again.

Serve:  How can you help someone make a change for the good?

Mass Readings – 3rd Sunday of Easter

The season of Easter offers us many opportunities to celebrate and rejoice.  After all, the light of the Risen Lord brings hope, courage and strength to all who call upon the name of Jesus.  Take a look at a quick overview of these readings:

  • 1st Reading – “Repent…and be converted, that your sins may be wiped away.”
  • Psalm – “Lord, let your face shine on us.”
  • 2nd Reading – Jesus Christ is our Advocate with the Father
  • Gospel – Jesus appears to the disciples, explains the Scriptures, and teaches them to proclaim repentance in His name

Why all this talk of repentance?  First and foremost, because we need it.  The Good News of the resurrection of Jesus Christ brings light to the darkness of death and sin.  Easter does not downplay the call to turn away from sin; rather, we have renewed hope that in Christ’s victory on the Cross we are empowered to face our weaknesses with God’s grace.

The light of the resurrection shines in our hearts…and sometimes we need to clean out what’s in there.  We might not like it, might try to avoid it, but in the end we stand before the Lord and acknowledge that all that we have is sustained by His love.

Here’s my point: this holy season offers us a chance to draw near to Christ – who knows us better than we know ourselves – and receive his mercy for our sins.  All that’s required is our acknowledgement for what we’ve done, make a change to live for the Lord and then receive the forgiveness that flows from the Sacred Heart.

Repentance is a lifetime work.  There will be days when we follow the Lord with joy and conviction; then again there will be days when we fail miserably.  What matters most is that we continue to seek Jesus with all our heart and strive to live our lives in the light of his resurrection.

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2nd Sunday of Easter: United in mind and heart

The unity of the disciples through gratitude, love and peace offers us an example of how we draw together today with the people God puts in our lives.  This is is not easy work…but it is worth it!

Mass Readings – 2nd Sunday of Easter

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