Tag Archives: Forgiveness

Daily Mass: What needs to be healed? Catholic Inspiration

The Lord’s healing of the paralytic in the Gospel today invites us to consider both what needs to be healed in our lives and how we might bring others to Jesus for the healing they require.

Mass Readings – Thursday of the 13th Week of the Year

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Daily Mass: The spiritual strength of the Lord’s Prayer. Catholic Inspiration

The Lord’s Prayer is a powerful gift that we frequently use in many ways throughout life.  Whether alone or with others, this prayer helps us draw close to God and one another.  May we use it frequently!

Mass Readings – Thursday of the 11th Week of the Year (St. Aloysius)

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Daily Mass: Be reconciled with your brother. Catholic Inspiration

The Lord boldly states that we are called to reconcile with one another.  That begs a simple question: who do I need to forgive in my life today?  Once we recognize the essential aspect of forgiveness in our lives the next step is to call upon Christ for the grace required to make it happen.

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

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10th Sunday of the Year: Christ gives us the grace we need.

Study: Recall a time when you had to confront your sinfulness.  What were the obstacles you faced?

Pray: Consider adding an Examination of Conscience to your daily prayer.

Serve: How can you extend mercy and forgiveness to others right now?

Mass Readings – 10th Sunday of the Year

There are a number of themes that surface in the Scripture readings this week:

  • 1st Reading – Adam and Eve before the Lord in their sin; the Lord’s command to the serpent
  • Psalm – “With the Lord there is mercy, and fullness of redemption.”
  • 2nd Reading – The spirit of faith sustains us in the challenges of life and guides us to Heaven
  • Gospel – Jesus interacts with the scribes, his relatives and the disciples

Sin is real.  While we do not live in a world that wants to call attention to the times when we choose something contrary to the will and commandment of God, we know by experience and observation that it happens everyday.  What’s more, we often find ourselves hearing a thousand different excuses for the shortcomings and failures of those around us…offering every possible reason why:

  1. it’s not our fault
  2. it’s someone else’s fault
  3. it’s not really a big deal
  4. everyone else is doing it so I might as well
  5. it’s not a problem if you are not caught

and so it goes…

Yet what we find in the first reading is a clear acknowledgement of the sin of Adam and Eve through the temptation of the serpent.  In their weakness our first parents fell from grace and transmitted original sin into the spiritual DNA of humanity.  In our moments of humble insight we understand just how wounded we are and how easy it is to slip into behaviors that lead us away from God and one another.

The Lord, however, does not leave us in this plight alone.  Rather, the Psalmist reminds us that the Lord extends mercy upon us, and St. Paul teaches that the spirit of faith empowers us to face the trials of this life with the gift of grace.

The source of this grace is found in Jesus Christ, who claims us as his family through our willingness to do the will of the Heavenly Father.  In other words, God sends his Son to give us the help we need to return to Him!

Yes there is sin.  But we draw near to the one who overcomes the power of sin and restores what was lost.  May we call upon God for the grace we need to acknowledge our sins, accept the Lord’s mercy, and live in the light of Jesus Christ!

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Daily Mass: When the Son of Man is lifted up. Catholic Inspiration

United in love with his heavenly Father, Jesus teaches the people that they will know who he is when he has been lifted up.  As we gaze upon Christ on the Cross may we recognize our hope as we turn from our sins and accept his forgiveness.

Mass Readings – Tuesday of the 5th Week of Lent

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Daily Mass: Do I really have to forgive? Catholic Inspiration

St. Peter asks the question that all the disciples are thinking…and Jesus drives home the point about forgiveness with a powerful parable.

Mass Readings – Tuesday of the 3rd Week of Lent

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Daily Mass: Run to the Father! Catholic Inspiration

The Prodigal Son is a favorite parable for many, and it has layers of meaning and insight that serve us well.  Whether it’s forgiveness or mercy we require, may we run to our Heavenly Father, trusting that the Lord will never give up on us.

Mass Readings – Saturday of the 2nd Week of Lent

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