Tag Archives: Heaven

Daily Mass: The value of eternal life. Catholic Inspiration

Mass Readings – Friday of the 18th Week of the Year (St. Clare)

While there are many priorities that can seek out attention, the Lord reminds us today that eternal life is greater than all others.  With this thought in mind may we keep our eyes fixed on Heaven as we strive to live each day with this final destination before our eyes.

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Daily Mass: Explaining the Weeds and the Wheat. Catholic Inspiration

Mass Readings – Tuesday of the 17th Week of the Year (St. Alphonsus Liguori)

The Lord’s explanation of the parable of the weeds and the wheat reminds us that in the face of the Final Judgment we have the opportunity today to seek the mercy of Jesus Christ.

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Daily Mass: The Kingdom of Heaven. Catholic Inspiration

Mass Readings – Wednesday of the 9th Week of the Year

What will it be like in Heaven?  When the Sadducees try to trap Jesus, the Lord responds with wisdom that gives insight into God’s gift of eternal life.

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The Ascension of the Lord. Catholic Inspiration

Mass Readings – The Ascension of the Lord

We say in the creed, “He ascended into Heaven” yet we often do not consider what that means for our lives here on earth:

  • Where are we going?
  • What are we doing?
  • How are we doing it?

With Heaven as our home we can evaluate and review our words and actions in preparation for the day when the Lord calls us to follow Him from this world to the next.

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Daily Mass: Eternal Life. Catholic Inspiration

Mass Readings – Tuesday of the 4th Week of Easter

Our relationship with Jesus Christ includes our journey on earth and our destination in Heaven.  As pilgrims passing through this life, we draw near to the Lord in preparation when we will be united completely in his divine love.

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Daily Mass: The resurrection of the body. Catholic Inspiration

Mass Readings – Thursday of the Octave of Easter

The appearance of the Risen Lord to the disciples offers some insights about a central teaching of our faith: the resurrection of our bodies and life everlasting.  May we use the gift of our own bodies as an offering in this life…in preparation for the body we shall receive one day in Heaven.

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2nd Sunday of Easter: The fledgling Church.

Study: Consider a time when you experienced joy in the presence of others.  What caused it?

Pray: Draw near to the Risen Lord and ask for His grace in your heart to face whatever is before you today.

Serve: How can your life strengthen your family and friendships right now?

Mass Readings – 2nd Sunday of Easter

The readings today give us a snapshot of some key points that surfaced shortly after the Lord’s resurrection:

  • 1st Reading – Thankful praise and sharing in community life
  • Psalm – “Give thanks to the Lord for he is good, His love is everlasting.”
  • 2nd Reading – Christ’s resurrection lets us rejoice in the midst of trials
  • Gospel – Doubting Thomas

What do we see?  Praise, gratitude, thankfulness, sharing, community life, overcoming doubt, facing trials, and rejoicing!  In other words, this is what happens to a group of people who have been transformed by the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

And I want to live like this.

Frankly, I want all of us to live like this.  Filled with God’s grace, empowered by the Holy Spirit, engaging life at full throttle, dealing with difficulty through the power of faith….is there any other way to live?

So…in the light of these concepts that emerged from the fledgling Church…what’s keeping us from this?  Has the resurrection of the Lord “sunk in” and touched our hearts?  Do we understand what it means to say “The Lord is risen!  He is risen, indeed!” as followers of Jesus Christ?

Do we get it?

We all have obstacles, challenges, and the reality of temptation and sin in our lives.  That was true for the Early Church as well.  But note this: they changed.  In the light of the Risen Lord their lives were forever altered: praising God, facing hardship, working together, filled with joy.

This is our invitation today, and it works in three simple steps:

  1. Accept the resurrection of Jesus Christ
  2. Bring the Lord’s power into your heart
  3. Change whatever is not worthy of Heaven and live in his Light

There is no better way to journey through this life!

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