Tag Archives: Forgiveness

Daily Mass: Sin, forgiveness and God’s love. Catholic Inspiration

The interaction between Jesus and the woman in the Gospel of Luke reveals the healing power of God’s love when we receive the Lord’s forgiveness for our sins.

Mass Readings – Thursday of the 24th Week of the Year

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24th Sunday of the Year: The Prodigal Son.

Study:  Recall a time when you experienced a moment of profound forgiveness.  How did it change you?

Pray:  Are you holding on to anger and resentment?  Pray for God’s mercy to soften your heart.

Serve:  Is there someone you know in need of mercy?  Is there some way you can help others, especially when they are caught up in shame, embarrassment, or the awkwardness of their weaknesses and sins?

Mass Readings – 24th Sunday of the Year

We hear in the Gospel of Luke the familiar parable of the The Prodigal Son.  It’s worth a moment to touch on a few key points from this passage:

  1. The younger son asks for his inheritance before his time (what kind of person does this?)
  2. The younger son completely wastes the entire inheritance; he has no excuse
  3. The younger son hits “rock bottom” and figures it’s better to be a servant with his dad than starving with the pigs
  4. The Father’s mercy is overwhelming: ring, robe, sandals, fatted calf, and a party
  5. The older son is furious – this is not justice!
  6. The Father is also merciful to his older son as he teaches him about mercy

What a powerful parable!  In our daily lives the need for forgiveness is so compelling that it is vital to dwell on the divine mercy of God and recall our need to return to the Lord in our moments of weakness and sin.

Like both brothers in the parable, we all sin and fall short of God’s grace; yet like the brothers, we also have a Father who loves and welcomes us whenever we seek to turn back.  Both brothers could speak to their Father – in either humility or anger – and the Father responds to both with tenderness.

Today I would like to suggest two key points for our reflection in the light of this passage:

  • How are my sins keeping me from God and others in my life?
  • What steps do I need to take to return to the Lord and receive his grace?

God longs to welcome us back, and when we can humbly embrace our mistakes and sins we discover a grace beyond anything imaginable.  May we have the courage to examine our hearts and return to the Lord – the source of all mercy.

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Note: This post was first published on September 5, 2016.

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Daily Mass: Christ reconciles us to God. Catholic Inspiration

Jesus Christ knows our hearts – the good, the bad and the ugly – and he offers mercy through his sacrifice on the Cross that we might have life. Take his hand!

Mass Readings – Saturday of the 22nd Week of the Year

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Calling, Yongsung Kim, Oil on Canvas.


Daily Mass: The Lord offers practical spiritual advice. Catholic Inspiration

Jesus offers three key insights that profoundly impact our spiritual lives in practical ways. The hard part? Putting them into practice every day.

Mass Readings – Wed. of the 19th Week of the Year (St. Maximillian Kolbe)

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Daily Mass: Reconciling within our families. Catholic Inspiration

The story of Joseph in the Book of Genesis recounts the power of reconciliation within a family.  Joseph chooses the higher path and overcomes hatred and discord as he returns compassion toward his brothers.  His example inspires us to examine our own families and actively seek opportunities to foster peace.

Mass Readings – Thursday of the 14th Week of the Year (St. Benedict)

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Daily Mass: The Lord heals body and soul. Catholic Inspiration

The man brought to Jesus was healed of his affliction and forgiven of his sins.  God longs to heal and restore our lives, and even when we are unable to initiate the process the Lord brings people around us to make his grace possible.

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

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The Sacred Heart of Jesus. Catholic Inspiration

All of the readings today reveal the compassion of God that flows from the sacred heart of Christ.  God’s mercy reaches out to us, invites us to reconcile, and urges us to turn away from our sins and toward the Lord.  May we accept this amazing grace!

Mass Readings – The Most Sacred Heart of Jesus

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