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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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13th Sunday of the Year: The healing power of Jesus Christ. Catholic Inspiration

Often in life we experience the need for healing, both in our lives and in the lives of those around us.  As we grow in faith we acknowledge the Lord’s power to bring this healing to our hearts…and as his disciples we become agents for the healing grace of Christ to work through us in the world.

Mass Readings – 13th Sunday of the Year

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13th Sunday of the Year: Life, Death and the Gift of Faith

Study:  Consider people you know who are suffering right now.  What is the nature of their struggle?

Pray:  Keep a list of those who are sick nearby when you pray.  Remember them often.

Serve:  How can your faith help someone today who suffers?  How can you be an instrument of healing and comfort?

Mass Readings – 13th Sunday of the Year

Consider for a moment someone you love who is seriously sick.  Perhaps it’s a disease, an upcoming surgery, and undiagnosed circumstance, or the relentless experience of pain...we all know loved ones who suffer – and we would do anything to help.

Now imagine that you have heard about a miracle worker who cures the sick and resuscitates the dead.  I know that if I discovered that Jesus of Nazareth was even remotely in the area I would rent a bus and bundle in everyone I could fit just for the chance that he would lay hands on them.

This is the situation we encounter in the Gospel today.  People are crushing in on Christ; they have heard of his power and they are are desperate for healing.  The double miracles in the reading point out a number of key concepts:

  • Our longing for healing
  • The desperation of those who suffer
  • The depth and breadth of emotions around illness
  • How we all have experience with sickness and death
  • God’s profound gift of healing & life

Simply put, an encounter with Jesus Christ is a healing encounter.  In the face of sickness and disease, the Lord draws near – bringing grace and power – to restore life to those who suffer.

As his disciples, we are part of this healing mission.

  1. Who is suffering in our lives right now?
  2. How can we help through prayer or service?
  3. How do we promote comprehensive healing – in Body, Mind, Heart, and Soul?

Jesus comes to bring life; may our lives – guided in faith – be directed toward healing the wounds we witness.

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Note: This blog post was originally published on June 23, 2015.


Daily Mass: What needs to be healed? Catholic Inspiration

Jesus heals a lame man at the Pool of Bethesda, providing us with an opportunity today to reflect on how the Lord calls us to be agents of healing for those in our midst.

Mass Readings – Tuesday of the 4th Week of Lent

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Daily Mass: Jesus drives out demons. Catholic Inspiration

Jesus drives out a demon and then responds to a comment from the crowd.  As we face evil in our lives we call upon the Lord for the strength we need.

Mass Readings – Thursday of the 3rd Week of Lent

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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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