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Daily Mass: Go, and make a harvest for the Lord! Catholic Inspiration

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Jeremiah is sent by the Lord to go forth and proclaim God’s message, and Jesus offers a parable illustrating the need to be fruitful in our lives.

Mass Readings – Wednesday of the 16th Week of the Year


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St. Apollinaris, pray for us!

Daily Mass: Facing conflict and tension with God’s grace. Catholic Inspiration

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Confronted by the jealousy of the high priests and the Sadducees, the Apostles continue to remain steadfast in their proclamation of the Good News of Jesus.

Mass Readings – Wednesday of the 2nd Week of Easter


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Daily Mass: The Lord invites; what’s our response? Catholic Inspiration

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At the conclusion of the Bread of Life discourse, we see a sharp contrast between those who leave and those who follow Jesus. The Lord continues to invite…what’s our response today?

Mass Readings – Saturday of the 3rd Week of Easter


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Daily Mass: Faithful and Prudent. Catholic Inspiration

Mass Readings – Wednesday of the 29th Week of the Year

The Lord exhorts us to be faithful and prudent with the blessings we have received, for “much will be required for the person entrusted with much.”


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2nd Sunday of Lent – Promises

Sunrise Promise

Study:  Consider moments when you have made and kept a truly important promise.  How did that promise inspire and help you grow?

Pray:  Ask the Lord for the gift to trust in His promises.  Pray for guidance to follow Christ – even when it is difficult.

Serve:  How can you help someone who is striving to keep their promise of faith?

2nd Sunday of Lent Readings

Growing up, I earned money by baby sitting.  I watched a number of kids (that is, until I got a driver’s license…), and I learned several valuable lessons.  One of the things I discovered was not to promise to do something unless I was absolutely certain I could carry it out.  If something went wrong and I had to change plans, the kids would shout, “You PROMISED!!!!”

Promises have tremendous power.  A promise can inspire us, offering strength and hope in our moments of weakness.  Promises are a sign of our trust in the word of another.  We accept a promise when we believe that another person will live up to an agreement or contract.

There are two crucial elements about promises:  making them and keeping them.  Making a promise means that we invite another into a relationship of trust.  Keeping a promise means that we fulfill our agreement through our words and deeds.

Both of these elements are necessary.  If we only make promises (without fulfilling them) then our word is meaningless, and people are unable to count on us in a time of need.  Yet if our fear of action holds us back from making promises, then we will never be considered by others as approachable or accessible; we become distant and separated from other people.

In the Scriptures today we see God’s promises extended to Abram and Jesus.  Abram is promised God’s blessing and prosperity upon himself and his descendants.  Jesus, revealed through his transfiguration, is promised the glory that will be fulfilled through his death and resurrection.

For Abram and Jesus, life will not be easy.  Difficulties and sorrows will accompany their path through life.  Yet the promises revealed in these readings show that they will be sustained in their trials.  God’s promises will give both hope and life.

These promises belong to us as well.  Like Abram and Jesus, we know the struggle and challenge that can occur in life.  There are moments when we look to God’s promises to be made and kept, that we might persevere in our desire to live a good and holy life.  May we accept the Lord’s promise of strength and guidance, trusting that as we live according to our faith in Christ, we are confident that the Lord is near.

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