Tag Archives: grace

Daily Mass: Our response to God. Catholic Inspiration

Both Isaiah and John’s Gospel reveal the compassion and power of God.  This power, however, will not be forced upon us; rather, the Lord invites us to accept his invitation and receive grace for this life and the next.  How will we respond?

Mass Readings – Wednesday of the 4th Week of Lent

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Daily Mass: Christ is the source of our life. Catholic Inspiration

The readings today reveal the common theme of the life giving power of water to nourish and heal.  This image in turn points to Christ, the source of all life.  May we draw near to the Lord to be refreshed, so that we may in turn share His life with one another.

Mass Readings – Tuesday of the 4th Week of Lent

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5th Sunday of Lent: The Mercy of Christ

woman caught in adultery

Study:  Reflect on a time in life when you made a grave mistake or serious sin.  How did you face it?

Pray:  Is there something that is keeping you from the Lord or another person?  Ask the Lord for the grace to reconcile.

Serve:  Is there a situation in your life that offers you a chance to extend mercy?  Consider ways to make it happen.

Mass Readings – 5th Sunday of Lent

Have you ever been clearly in the wrong?  Made a mistake that was self-evident and completely your own fault?  Don’t worry…you’re in good company.  As much as we don’t like to admit it or claim it, we have all fallen short of the Lord’s commandments.  We sin.

There are a couple of easy traps that we need to avoid:

  • Assuming that it is no big deal, and downplaying our fault
  • Making it an all-consuming mountain, beyond hope of redemption

What we find in the Gospel today is something in between that exemplifies God’s Mercy.  The woman caught in adultery (where’s the man?!) is dragged before the Lord and forced to stand out in her shame as the people try to trap Jesus.

His response is profound.  “Let the one among you who is without sin, be the first to throw a stone at her.”  One by one the realization of their own sins causes the crowd to dwindle away; they have all fallen short, and they have all been in need of mercy.

Yet the Lord is not done.  After all, he is the only one without sin in the group!  He alone has the right to carry out judgment.  Yet this is what he says:

“Neither do I condemn you.  Go, and from now on do not sin.”

Note both points:

  1. Jesus acknowledges the sin.  It is clearly and directly stated.
  2. Jesus extends mercy.  His mercy begins her reconciliation and healing.

In light of this Gospel I suggest the following takeaways:

  • What sins do we need to acknowledge, confess, and claim?
  • What steps do we need to take to start the process of reconciliation?
  • We draw near to Christ…who extends mercy to us!

As we embark on the last weeks of Lent, may we never fear to approach the Lord in our sins.  For as we honestly claim our faults we draw forgiveness from the one who came to save and set us free.

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If you are looking for more material to help you this Lent, you might consider this list of presentations I have offered over the last couple of years.  Feel free to check it out and share if you find it helpful:

Podcast Resources for a Powerful Lent

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Note: This post was first published on March 8, 2016.

Photo Credit: The Passion of the Christ, 2004.


Daily Mass: Two aspects of the Kingdom of God. Catholic Inspiration

After casting out a demon, Jesus responds to criticism with a teaching that illustrates the power and unity that flow from the Kingdom of God.  It’s a good reminder for us today, for when we are united in Christ then we have the strength we need to face the evil in our lives.

Mass Readings – Thursday of the 3rd Week of Lent

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Monday Conversation: Living a life of grace

What does it mean to live in God’s grace?  These two presentations were given at a parish retreat at St. Pius X Catholic Church on April 18, 2019.

Part I – Key Components of Grace (55 Minutes)

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Part II – Our Relationships in a Life of Grace (53 Minutes)

Handouts that were given to participants for both presentations

Living a Life of Grace (I & II)

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Daily Mass: Thank goodness Jesus spends time with sinners! Catholic Inspiration

While spending time with tax collectors and sinners, Jesus’ response to the scribes and pharisees offers us hope.  The Lord’s willingness to bring healing and forgiveness to those in need reveals Christ’s longing for our redemption as well.  May we follow the example of Levi and respond to the Lord’s call.

Mass Readings – Saturday after Ash Wednesday

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Ash Wednesday

Most of the time we avoid looking at our weaknesses, failures and sins.  Not today.  Today we take a long hard look, examine our conscience, and honestly admit that we are sinners.  Why?  So that freed from the slavery of temptation and sin we can receive the grace of God through Jesus Christ.

Mass Readings – Ash Wednesday

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