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Daily Mass: A message of Hope. Catholic Inspiration

The readings today proclaim a message of hope – to strengthen, guide, and inspire our lives – because there are times in life where hope in God is what gets through the day.

Mass Readings – Tuesday of the 2nd Week of Advent

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3rd Sunday of Advent: The Lord comes with power.

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Study:  Consider a moment when you were greatly helped by someone.  How did it feel to have their support?

Pray: Set before the Lord your challenges and remember in your daily prayers the needs of others.

Serve: How has the Lord blessed you to help others?  What gifts and talents do you possess that make a difference today?

Mass Readings – 3rd Sunday of Advent

Isaiah’s prophecy proclaims the power and might of God.  Among the words of the 1st reading we find:

Strengthen the hands that are feeble,
make firm the knees that are weak,
say to those whose hearts are frightened:
Be strong, fear not!
Here is your God,
he comes with vindication;
with divine recompense
he comes to save you.
Then will the eyes of the blind be opened,
the ears of the deaf be cleared;
then will the lame leap like a stag,
then the tongue of the mute will sing. (Is. 35:3-6)

These are words of hope!  In the midst of the challenges of life the Lord comes to strengthen our hearts and renew our lives.  Yes, there are difficulties; yet we face them boldly – supported by the grace and power of God.

This hope in God’s power appears in the Gospel of Matthew where Jesus cites this passage from Isaiah to the disciples of John the Baptist.  Christ is the one who fulfills the words of the prophet; he is the one who comes to save us.

What’s more, those that receive this saving grace – the citizens of the Kingdom of Heaven – are greater than all the prophets, including John.  In other words, when we accept the power and might of God we are transformed into a new creation as the old bondage of sin and death is destroyed.

May we claim this saving grace today!  As we call upon the Lord in our daily prayers, we ask that the power and might of Jesus Christ heals our hearts and strengthens our souls.  We have work to do!  May God’s grace help us to make it happen.

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Note: This post was first published on December 5, 2016.


The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Catholic Inspiration

Mary’s acceptance of her part in the plan of Salvation History inspires us to say “Yes!” to God’s invitation to work in our lives today.

Mass Readings – The Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the BVM

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2nd Sunday of Advent: Repent and prepare for the Lord. Catholic Inspiration

John the Baptist speaks with fiery eloquence, urging the people to prepare for the one who will baptize with fire. In light of his words, may we take the opportunity today to honestly reflect on our lives and confess our sins in preparation for the coming of Christ.

Mass Readings – 2nd Sunday of Advent

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Daily Mass: The compassion of Jesus inspires our service in the world. Catholic Inspiration

Seeing the crowds, the heart of Jesus was moved with pity for their many needs, and he responds by empowering his disciples to go forth in his name. Their example reveals the opportunity we have every day to serve our struggling brothers and sisters around us.

Mass Readings – Saturday of the 1st Week of Advent

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Daily Mass: Faith that leads to sight. Catholic Inspiration

As Jesus heals the two blind men, we see how the Lord recognizes and responds to their faith. May their example inspire our trust in Christ!

Mass Readings – Friday of the 1st Week of Advent

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Daily Mass: Jesus Christ is the foundation of our lives. Catholic Inspiration

Jesus uses a parable in the Gospel of Matthew to show us the strength we have when we build our lives on the Lord.

Mass Readings – Thursday of the 1st Week of Advent

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