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Daily Mass: Christ’s sacrifice makes reconciliation possible. Catholic Inspiration

St. Paul shows how the sacrifice of Jesus Christ makes reconciliation possible in our world.  As disciples of the Lord, we are called to be ambassadors – agents of healing – who help continue the Lord’s saving mission to reconcile people to God and one another.

Mass Readings – Saturday of the 10th Week of the Year

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Daily Mass: We hold a treasure in earthen vessels. Catholic Inspiration

St. Paul reminds us that we hold a treasure from God in our fragile, human hands.  As disciples of Jesus Christ we always recognize two issues: on one hand we are inheritors of God’s glory; on the other hand we are weak and prone to sin.  May we accept God’s grace and allow the Lord to touch our lives with his healing love.

Mass Readings – Friday of the 10th Week of the Year

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Daily Mass: Be reconciled with one another. Catholic Inspiration

Jesus makes it clear in today’s Gospel reading (part of the Sermon on the Mount) that reconciliation is a non-negotiable aspect of Christian Life.  Who do we need to reconcile with today?  How can we take the first step in putting the Lord’s command into practice?

Mass Readings – Thursday of the 10th Week of the Year (St. Anthony of Padua)

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Daily Mass: We have confidence in Christ. Catholic Inspiration

St. Paul writes to the Corinthians, reminding them that our confidence lies in Christ who qualifies us for ministry.  Whatever we face today, may we turn to the Lord for the strength and grace we need.

Mass Readings – Wednesday of the 10th Week of the Year

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Daily Mass: You are salt and light. Catholic Inspiration

Jesus reminds us that we are salt and light – disciples called to live our faith in the world – so that when people see our good deeds they will give praise to our Heavenly Father.  May we offer our lives today, trusting that the Lord will take our offering and bless it with grace to continue Christ’s mission in the world.

Mass Readings – Tuesday of the 10th Week of the Year (St. Barnabas)

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The Most Holy Trinity

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Study:  Reflect on the strongest relationships in our lives.  What qualities and characteristics are present?

Pray:  Ask the Lord for the guidance to see where we can build and renew our relationships.

Serve:  Are there people around us that we need to forgive or assist?  What steps can we take right now to start this process?

Mass Readings – The Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity

One God…Three Persons.

That’s the Trinity, and when you get right down to it, this central mystery of the Christian faith is just that – mystery.  I have heard and used many images as illustrations to aid in understanding the Trinity:

  • Shamrock – one leaf, three petals
  • Water – one substance, three states (solid, liquid, gas)
  • Numbers – one meaning, many languages (five, cinque, etc…)

These examples (and many like them) try to get at the notion of how something can be the same and different at the same time.  How unity and diversity can be present at the same time; how the individual and the communal are manifested simultaneously.

It’s a mystery.

And at the heart of the mystery we have a communion of Persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit – a revelation that God comes to us in communion and invites us to be communion with others.   We are not alone!  God (in communion) invites us into this communion to create communion with one another.

Where do we find communion in our lives?  Some obvious places:

  • Home & Family
  • Work
  • School
  • Neighborhood

You get the idea.  Wherever two or more are present, the opportunity for communion is possible.  The point: How strong is the communion we have have with God and one another?  How united are we in faith, hope, and love?

May we reflect on the current state of our relationships today and renew them, allowing the grace of God – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit – to bless the communion we have with those around us.

Note: this was post was originally delivered on May 26, 2015.

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Trinity, Andrei Rublev; 1411-1427 (est.), Tempera, 142 cm x 114 cm, Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow.


One Million Downloads on Catholic Inspiration!

Sometime this week Catholic Inspiration will surpass one million downloads.  As I share a few thoughts about my philosophy of this online ministry, I want to thank you for listening and encouraging others to check out these podcasts.  God bless you all!

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