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Daily Mass: Who do you say Jesus is? Catholic Inspiration

When Jesus asks his disciples “Who do you say that I am?” Peter gets it right.  Jesus is the Christ, the Lord, the one who saves us from our sins and empowers us as Sons and Daughters of God.  Our acceptance of this reality transforms our lives with his light and power!

Mass Readings – Feast of the Chair of St. Peter, Apostle

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2nd Sunday of Lent: Sacrifice

Study:  Recall a sacrifice you have made recently.  What was it about this sacrifice that revealed your values and priorities?

Pray:  Ask the Lord for the grace to serve with your whole heart.  Pay attention to anything that is holding you back.

Serve:  Is there someone in your life who is struggling with priorities right now?  How can you help them?

Mass Readings – 2nd Sunday of Lent

What do you think is worth a personal sacrifice?  What would you be willing to give up for someone or something you believe in?

We learn a lot about ourselves by what we are willing to sacrifice.  Our values, personal convictions, and priorities all come into focus with the simple phrase:

Can I give that up?

We make sacrifices all the time.  Some are simple, others complex; some are demanding while others are the act of a moment.  Yet sacrifices reveal the depth of our hearts and our willingness to offer up our lives for something greater, something that we hold precious or valuable.

The thought that Abraham would be willing to offer up his only son – the child of God’s blessing to Sarah in her old age – strikes the modern hearer as barbaric and horrible.  It is a crime against nature: that the innocent could suffer such atrocity sounds more like something from Hell, not Heaven.

Yet Jesus Christ, innocent and without sin, will die a brutal death on the Cross…for us.  The atrocity that confronts us at Calvary reveals the value God places on our human souls – we are loved completely, entirely, and without thinking of the cost the Lord sacrifices his life to take our place for the evil we have done.

This is the power of the transfiguration in the Gospel of Mark.  Jesus, revealed in all his glory with Moses and Elijah, is God’s “beloved Son.”  Coming down from the mountain Peter, James, and John have no idea what lies ahead – they can only marvel at the awesome sight of Jesus as he stands in Heaven…the one who is honored for the sacrifice he makes.

Perhaps then, the real question for us pertains to those things to which we still cling.  What priorities and values do we place higher than Christ?  What is holding us back from embracing the Lord with all our heart?  I suggest considering the following thoughts:

  1. How does my use of TIME reveal my priorities?
  2. How does my use of MONEY reveal my values?
  3. How do I show the PEOPLE in my life that I love them?
  4. How do I live my faith in GOD each and every day?

And if there are things that are keeping me from God & others….

Can I give that up?

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Note: This post was first published on February 24, 2015.


Daily Mass: The Lord comes to call sinners. Catholic Inspiration

When asked why he eats with sinners and tax collectors, Jesus offers a powerful response, “Those who are healthy do not need a physician, but the sick do.  I have not come to call the righteous to repentance, but sinners.”  As we acknowledge our sins and seek repentance we, too, receive the Lord’s saving mercy.

Mass Readings – Saturday after Ash Wednesday

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6th Sunday of the Year: Renewing relationships afflicted with suffering. Catholic Inspiration

Suffering affects our lives on many levels – body, mind, heart and soul – and it can weaken and wound our relationships with one another.  When we respond with compassion, help, unity and God’s grace we can restore what was broken with the healing power of Christ.

Mass Readings – 6th Sunday of the Year

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Daily Mass: The battle is in our hearts. Catholic Inspiration

Jesus describes the evil that can come from our hearts, reminding us that the battle is often within.  As we strive to follow the Lord we turn from these sins and look to the Cross of Christ.

Mass Readings – Wednesday of the 5th Week of the Year

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5th Sunday of the Year: We focus on our faith in the midst of suffering. Catholic Inspiration

Suffering, for all its challenges and burdens, is a part of human life.  How do we face it?  How do we find the strength and wisdom to keep going?  When we bring our faith in Jesus Christ into the center of our lives we find the courage and conviction to continue on as the Lord guides us through this life to the life to come.

Mass Readings – Sunday of the 5th Week of the Year

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Daily Mass: The Lord sends you! Catholic Inspiration

Just as Jesus sends the Twelve Apostles with his authority, so also the Lord sends us – empowered with his grace – to continue his mission in the world.  We do it together; we trust in God; we are attentive to each opportunity; we let Christ work through us!

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

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