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Daily Mass: The gift of a second chance. Catholic Inspiration

Noah’s patience and hard work pay off as the flood recedes and humanity is given a second chance.  God never gives up on us, reminding us that today is another chance to begin again.

Mass Readings – Wednesday of the 6th Week of the Year

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Daily Mass: Noah and the Ark. Catholic Inspiration

Noah builds the ark and preserves life as God permits the great flood to cover the earth.  It begs a question: what needs to be preserved in our lives…and what needs to be washed away?

Mass Readings – Tuesday of the 6th Week of the Year

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7th Sunday of the Year: Love your enemies

Study:  Reflect on a time when you experienced mercy.  How did it feel to be forgiven and treated with kindness?

Pray:  Is there someone in your life who is difficult to love?  Pray for the wisdom and insight to act like Jesus.

Serve:  How can you bring help to a difficult and painful situation right now?

Mass Readings – 7th Sunday of the Year

Here’s a quick overview of the readings this week:

  • 1st Reading – David preserves Saul’s life
  • Psalm – “The Lord is kind and merciful.”
  • 2nd Reading – St. Paul offers a comparison between Adam and Jesus
  • Gospel – Love your enemies

The phrase “love your enemies” sounds great…until you have to do it.  When we have been wounded, mocked, ridiculed or wounded by another it is natural to cry out for justice.  Furthermore, there is something within us that longs to get even – to lash out and get back at another – even to the point of inflicting pain or getting revenge.

Clearly the Lord teaches us to go in a different direction with his exhortation to love.  After all, we are commanded to:

  • do good to those who hate us
  • bless those who curse us
  • pray for those who mistreat us
  • turn the other cheek
  • give without thought of repayment
  • stop judging and condemning
  • forgive

Now let’s be clear.  This is hard!  If our natural inclination is to strike out when we’ve been hurt, how do we find the strength to put the teaching of Jesus into practice?

The answer lies in Christ himself.  As we grow closer to the Lord we find that we receive the grace we need to love as he loves us.  For remember, when we hate, curse, mistreat, judge or condemn the Lord still loves us, forgives us, and invites us to come back into the light of his love.

If God is willing to do that for us, then my friends, today we pray for the grace to love others according to his example.

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6th Sunday of the Year: How does your faith help you face tough challenges? Catholic Inspiration

Living one’s life for the Lord does not mean it will be easy; rather, we face the struggles before us with God’s grace to carry out what must be done.  A blessed life, then, is not about wealth, health, or earthly glory…it’s about being in right relationship with Jesus Christ.

Mass Readings – 6th Sunday of the Year

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Daily Mass: The natural consequences of sin. Catholic Inspiration

In the first reading we hear about the repercussions of the sin of Adam and Eve, reminding us that while we live with the hope of forgiveness and mercy, we must also acknowledge the sober reality of the consequences of our actions.

Mass Readings – Saturday of the 5th Week of the Year

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Daily Mass: Temptation, Sin and Forgiveness. Catholic Inspiration

The temptation and sin of Adam and Eve highlights the reality of evil in our lives.  Yet as we embrace the hope that we have in Jesus we acknowledge our need for God’s mercy and return to the Lord.

Mass Readings – Friday of the 5th Week of the Year

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Daily Mass: The beauty of creation. Catholic Inspiration

The creation of Eve reveals the beauty and goodness of God’s work, reminding us of our opportunity to take the good things we have received from God and offer them in service to one another.

Mass Readings – Thursday of the 5th Week of the Year

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