Tag Archives: grace

Daily Mass: We hold a treasure in earthen vessels. Catholic Inspiration

St. Paul reminds us that we hold a treasure from God in our fragile, human hands.  As disciples of Jesus Christ we always recognize two issues: on one hand we are inheritors of God’s glory; on the other hand we are weak and prone to sin.  May we accept God’s grace and allow the Lord to touch our lives with his healing love.

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

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6th Sunday of Easter: God’s peace calms our hearts. Catholic Inspiration

Jesus assures us that the Holy Spirit will be sent to bring peace to our hearts.  Where do we see the need for peace in our lives today?  May we turn to the Lord who longs to offer this grace to face whatever we find in the world today.

Mass Readings – 6th Sunday of Easter

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The Easter Vigil on Holy Saturday. Catholic Inspiration

We join the Church around the world as we wait in hope for the resurrection of the Lord.  This extraordinary Mass empowers us to look at the challenges in our lives with the conviction that God will give us the grace we need for the task at hand.

Mass Readings – Easter Vigil

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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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