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3rd Sunday of the Year: The Spirit of the Lord

Study: What is your favorite way to read Scripture – a devotional, chapter-a-day, daily Mass readings, or just a bookmark in the Bible?

Pray: Consider using a little bit of Scripture as part  of your daily prayer – think of it as a “spiritual multivitamin” for your health!

Serve: How is God’s Spirit directing your life – is there a task or opportunity that you feel prompted to act?

Mass Readings – 3rd Sunday of the Year

The readings this week are filled with power as we hear how God’s Word and Spirit touch our hearts.

  • 1st Reading – The Israelites hear the Word of God with joy
  • Psalm – God’s Word is Spirit and Life
  • 2nd Reading – The Lord’s Spirit works through us in many different ways
  • Gospel – The Spirit of the Lord is fulfilled in Jesus Christ

I suggest two thoughts for your consideration this week.  First, God’s Word continues to proclaim Good News in our world today, and we are invited to embrace the Lord’s message – allowing the mercy, love, joy, and peace of the Gospel to soak into our hearts.

My point here is about actively seeking the Lord in our daily life, making God’s Word a part of our regular spiritual diet.  By dwelling on the Good News we foster our Christian perspective to engage the challenges of daily life with courage and wisdom.  We know that there are plenty of difficulties and obstacles; we feast upon God’s Word for the strength to engage life at full power.

Second, with God’s Word in our hearts we live our faith as part of a larger community – sharing our particular gifts and talents for the good of all.  No one person possesses all gifts; rather, we cooperate (like Paul’s example of the parts of a body) and contribute our skills so that all might be blessed.

That means we:

  • Claim our gifts
  • Use our gifts
  • Recognize the gifts of others
  • All for the glory of God!

So, three final questions for your reflection:

  1. How are you allowing God’s Word to touch your heart?
  2. How is the Spirit of the Lord calling you this week?
  3. How might you be prompted to share your life with others?

The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
because he has anointed me
to bring glad tidings to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim liberty to captives
and recovery of sight to the blind,
to let the oppressed go free,
and to proclaim a year acceptable to the Lord.  
(Luke 4:18-19)

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Note: This post was first published on January 18, 2016.


The Communion of the Most Holy Trinity. Catholic Inspiration

The mystery of the Trinity – one God and three Persons – reveals the crucial role of communion in our spiritual lives.  We can measure our discipleship in a powerful way by the depth of our communion with God and one another, and we can actively explore the opportunities that we receive and extend communion with the people in our lives.

Mass Readings – The Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity

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The Holy Trinity: A mystery of communion

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Study:  Reflect on the strongest relationships in our lives.  What qualities and characteristics are present?

Pray:  Ask the Lord for the guidance to see where we can build and renew our relationships.

Serve:  Are there people around us that we need to forgive or assist?  What steps can we take right now to start this process?

Mass Readings – The Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity

One God…Three Persons.

That’s the Trinity, and when you get right down to it, this central mystery of the Christian faith is just that – mystery.  I have heard and used many images as illustrations to aid in understanding the Trinity:

  • Shamrock – one leaf, three petals
  • Water – one substance, three states (solid, liquid, gas)
  • Numbers – one meaning, many languages (five, cinque, etc…)

These examples (and many like them) try to get at the notion of how something can be the same and different at the same time.  How unity and diversity can be present at the same time; how the individual and the communal are manifested simultaneously.

It’s a mystery.

And at the heart of the mystery we have a communion of Persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit – a revelation that God comes to us in communion and invites us to be communion with others.   We are not alone!  God (in communion) invites us into this communion to create communion with one another.

Where do we find communion in our lives?  Some obvious places:

  • Home & Family
  • Work
  • School
  • Neighborhood

You get the idea.  Wherever two or more are present, the opportunity for communion is possible.  The point: How strong is the communion we have have with God and one another?  How united are we in faith, hope, and love?

May we reflect on the current state of our relationships today and renew them, allowing the grace of God – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit – to bless the communion we have with those around us.

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Trinity, Andrei Rublev; 1411-1427 (est.), Tempera, 142 cm x 114 cm, Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow.


Pentecost: Come Holy Spirit! Catholic Inspiration

The Holy Spirit transforms the Lord’s disciples, empowering them in the face of adversity and uniting them in love.  The same Spirit continues to work in our lives today, inviting us to call out for the help and guidance we need as we journey through this life.

Mass Readings – Vigil

Mass Readings – Extended Vigil

Mass Readings – Day

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The Power and Unity of Pentecost

Study:  Reflect on a time when you encountered a difficult experience.  Where did you find your strength?

Pray:  Ask for the Holy Spirit to help you, especially to unite with others in challenging situations.

Serve:  How can you help foster unity in your life?  What can you do to bring people together?

Mass Readings:

Pentecost Sunday at the Vigil Mass

Pentecost Sunday Extended Vigil

Pentecost Sunday Mass During the Day

It can be somewhat confusing to know what readings to follow – depending on the day and the options available a person can hear a number of different Scripture readings this weekend.  Stepping back for a moment, however, we can tease out some major themes that surface on this important feast of the Church:

  • Power – to face what comes before us with God’s strength
  • Unity – to join together beyond boundaries and divisions

In many respects this feast marks the birthday of the Church.  The disciples, having watched the Lord ascend to Heaven, are now “on their own” to carry out the Good News of Christ.  The point, of course, is that they are not alone!  Filled with the Holy Spirit their hearts are transformed and their lives forever changed.  They have become willing instruments empowered by the Spirit to speak and act for the glory of God.  They don’t look anything like their former selves – timid, fearful, and self-serving; they now fearlessly engage the world with the conviction that Jesus is Lord.

And as they are strengthened by the Spirit one sign increasingly becomes apparent – the unity of believers as a self evident sign that God’s grace is at work.  Several approaches underscore this sense of unity:

  • Understanding one another beyond the challenge of language
  • Working together as a body does with its many parts
  • Becoming spiritually fruitful
  • Forgiveness with one another

Language, cooperation, fruitfulness, and forgiveness are all hallmarks of the Spirit’s presence in our lives.  All are crucial and take an enormous amount of effort – supported by the POWER of the Holy Spirit!

Is there a place in our lives today that would benefit from unity?  Are there relationships and situations that require healing and strength to grow?  Do we recognize circumstances (perhaps beyond our control) that cry out for the Lord’s intervention?  If so, then we can confidently turn to the Spirit for the grace we need to face what lies before us.

Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and kindle in them the fire of your love.  Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created, and you shall renew the face of the earth.  O God, who by the light of the Holy Spirit did instruct the hearts of the faithful , grant that by the same Spirit we may be truly wise, and ever rejoice in his consolation.  Through Christ our Lord.  Amen!


Daily Mass: The coming of the Holy Spirit. Catholic Inspiration

Jesus promises the disciples that he will send the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, to come upon them after he leaves.  The Spirit will shine in the world revealing sin, righteousness and condemnation.  May the Spirit help us today to see clearly as we follow the Lord.

Mass Readings – Tuesday of the 6th Week of Easter

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Daily Mass: Focused on the things of Heaven. Catholic Inspiration

The Apostles speak boldly about the Risen Lord in the face of opposition, and their example inspires us to call upon the Holy Spirit for strength and wisdom as we journey through this life…with our eyes focused on Heaven.

Mass Readings – Thursday of the 2nd Week of Easter

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