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Easter Day: We live with joyful hope! Catholic Inspiration

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The resurrection of Jesus Christ changes everything! From that Easter Day long ago, human hearts and lives have been transformed with God’s grace. Our fears fall away in the face of the Risen Lord. May this glorious hope renew us today!

Mass Readings – Easter Day

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Easter Vigil: Embrace your faith! Catholic Inspiration

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This night we hear the great message of salvation history, fulfilled in the saving death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. This is our faith! May we live it with conviction and joy!

Mass Readings – Easter Vigil

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Daily Mass: Lord, in your great love, answer me. Catholic Inspiration

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The psalm response stirs our hearts as we recognize our need for God’s help, especially in times of great distress.

Mass Readings – Wednesday of Holy Week

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The Solemnity of St. Joseph, husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Catholic Inspiration

A great saint who does not say a single recorded word in the Bible. Yet Joseph’s actions reveal a trust in God and a conviction that puts faith in action.

Mass Readings – Solemnity of St. Joseph

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Daily Mass: A healing word from Jesus. Catholic Inspiration

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Jesus assures a royal official that his son will live, and with trusting faith he returns home to find that the healing took place at the very moment the Lord said it. May we look to the Lord for words of healing in our lives as well.

Mass Readings – Monday of the 4th Week of Lent

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4th Sunday of Lent: The gift of God. Catholic Inspiration

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Salvation is a gift of God, who so loved the world that He sent His only Son. Our response? To love the Lord and one another.

Mass Readings – 4th Sunday of Lent

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Daily Mass: Jesus drives out demons. Catholic Inspiration

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After driving out a demon, Jesus responds to a challenge from the crowd. May his answer inspire us to face the evil in our lives today with the finger of God’s grace and power.

Mass Readings – Thursday of the 3rd Week of Lent

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4th Sunday of Lent: For God so loved the world

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Study:  When have I experienced a profound moment of love?  How did that moment change my life?

Pray:  Ask for the grace to embrace and share God’s love with others.   Today.

Serve:  How might I put my love into action for another?  How might I show someone the love I have in my heart?

Pastoral Note: The 3rd, 4th, and 5th Sundays of Lent provide an option for using the “Year A” readings at Mass for the RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) process, but for those who follow the usual cycle the reflection is offered below.

Mass Readings – 4th Sunday of Lent (Year B)

Do you ever wonder just how great God’s love really is?  How amazing?  How awesome?  I keep thinking about different analogies that show the reality of divine love when compared to human understanding.

For example:  If my entire awareness of God’s love could be viewed, it would be like a drop of water – compared to the Pacific Ocean of God’s love.  Or a grain of sand – compared to the Sahara Desert.  Or a single blade of grass – compared to the Midwest Prairie.

The fact is, there is no comparison that can truly show the height, depth, power, or magnitude of the love of God.  No analogy, no image, no description can do it justice…yet we can use our limited language to give us a hint:

For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but have eternal life.  For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through him.  (John 3:16-17)

This is God’s demonstration of love.  Look at a Cross; listen to the Stations; read the Passion.  The love of God is not words or clever thoughts.  The love of God is manifest through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ – out of love for us.

The question is – Do we believe it?  Do we accept in our hearts that this love is for us?  Do we live with the conviction that God values us, cherishes us, treasures us, forgives us, and loves us with this sort of intensity?

If we do believe, then our lives are forever changed.  If we receive these words and open our hearts, then God will come and transform us.  The Lord’s power is that great; once we say “Yes” to Christ we begin a process that will draw us steadily closer to God and one another.

We have heard these words so often that we can take them for granted.  We can overlook their meaning and miss the point.  Lent gives us time to search into our hearts and recognize this love for what it is – God’s way of calling us home.

May we be ready to respond!

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Note: This post was first published on March 8, 2015.


Daily Mass: Growing in grace through daily discipline. Catholic Inspiration

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The Letter to the Hebrews makes a clear case for the role of daily discipline in our spiritual lives. May we take these words to heart as we face our own challenges today.

Mass Readings – Wednesday of the 4th Week of the Year

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5th Sunday of the Year: Living our faith in the context of suffering.

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Study: Reflect upon an experience of suffering.  How did your faith help you face it?

Pray: Are you or someone you know facing pain or loss?  Pray that God gives the grace needed to face it.

Serve: Walking with others on their journey of anguish demands time and attention.  Are you being called now to assist someone in need?

Mass Readings – 5th Sunday of the Year

Let’s take a look at these readings:

  • 1st Reading – Job speaks from his anguish and misery.
  • Psalm – “Praise the Lord, who heals the brokenhearted.”
  • 2nd Reading – Paul states his need to preach the Gospel.
  • Gospel – Jesus heals the sick and preaches to the people.

On the surface of these readings we see the obvious – there are times when we encounter suffering.  Whether it’s body, mind, heart or soul…most people on more than one occasion are brought low by pain, struggle or loss.

What’s more, there is no “spin” in the Bible.  Instead, we repeatedly see in the Scriptures a raw look at the challenges people face without trying to explain away the hardship.  It’s almost as if the Word of God seeks to remind us that the journey of life often stops in places of anguish.

We might be tempted to ask the Lord why.  We might try to find reasons why a good and almighty God allows it.  Such a reaction is normal and typical.

Here’s the problem.  Many of the hardships of life have no easy answers or simple explanations.  Much of life is a mystery, and many things will not be explained until the day we stand before the Lord when all is revealed.

Suffering by itself serves no purpose, yet we often recognize that there are many times we “suffer” for something greater:

  • The athlete who suffers in practice to perform in competition
  • The student who suffers in study to perform academically
  • The employee who suffers with work to complete a challenging project
  • The friend who suffers for a loved one to bring help and comfort
  • The parent who suffers for a child to show compassion and care

You get the point.  We often embrace suffering because we recognize that there is meaning and purpose in much that is difficult, challenging and hard.

But what about when we don’t understand?  One of the most helpful questions I have ever found in the face of suffering is this:

How does my faith help me face this?

For remember, when our lives are focused on the Lord all things – even suffering – fit into a proper perspective.  Christ’s suffering on the Cross breaks the bonds of sin and death; Christ’s resurrection shows us that there is something far beyond the realm of pain and loss.

As Jesus healed and preached Good News we call upon our faith to help us face the difficulties of life with strength.  Perhaps we will not know why suffering happens, but God will give us the grace to learn how we will face it.

Note: This post was first published on January 28, 2018.