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Daily Mass: Paul’s failure in Athens. Catholic Inspiration

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Paul preaches a carefully crafted, well thought out, passionate message to the people of Athens…and they scoffed and walked away. Paul’s response to this outcome is instructive; he faithfully continues to the next city, telling people about Jesus.

Mass Readings – Wednesday of the 6th Week of Easter

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Daily Mass: Paul’s suffering and success at Philippi. Catholic Inspiration

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Stripped and beaten, Paul and Silas are thrown into prison in Philippi. During an earthquake their proclamation of the Gospel changes hearts and lives.

Mass Readings – Tuesday of the 6th Week of Easter

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Daily Mass: The example of Lydia. Catholic Inspiration

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Paul encounters Lydia, who hears the Gospel and is baptized with her whole household. Her example inspires us to open our hearts as we follow Jesus Christ.

Mass Readings – Monday of the 6th Week of Easter

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Study, Pray, Serve: The Ascension of the Lord

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Study: What do the readings say?

Pray: What do the readings say to me?

Serve: What do the readings make me do or say…today?

Let’s take a look at some of the main themes we find in the Scripture readings for the Ascension of the Lord.

1st Reading – Acts 1:1-11

  • The introduction serves as a bridge between the Gospel of Luke and the Acts of the Apostles (both written by the same author.)
  • The apostles will receive the power of the Holy Spirit and proclaim the Good News to “the ends of the earth.”

Psalm 47:2-3,6-7,8-9

  • The Church applies this psalm directly to the triumph of Jesus as he ascends to Heaven.
  • We rejoice over the victory of our God!

2nd Reading – Option 1 – Ephesians 1:17-23

  • A prayer for wisdom and understanding for all disciples.
  • Reviews the supremacy of Christ over all things.

2nd Reading – Option 2 – Ephesians 4:1-13

  • An invitation to live a life that is worthy of the call that we have received.
  • We have received gifts to be shared for the building up of the body of Christ.

Gospel – Mark 16:15-20

  • Christ commands his disciples to “go into the whole world and proclaim the gospel to every creature.”
  • The disciples will be filled with power and able to perform many different signs.
  • Christ ascends into Heaven; the disciples carry out his mission.

Mass Readings – The Ascension of the Lord

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Note: This post was first published on May 10, 2021.


6th Sunday of Easter: We share the love we have received from Christ. Catholic Inspiration

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The Lord’s command to love one another requires us to open our hearts to His love first. Simply put, the closer we are to Christ the easier it is for us to share His love with the people in our lives.

Mass Readings – 6th Sunday of Easter

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Daily Mass: Following Christ means we will encounter conflict. Catholic Inspiration

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John’s Gospel offers sobering words to prepare us for the conflict that we will encounter as disciples of Jesus Christ.

Mass Readings – Saturday of the 5th Week of Easter

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Daily Mass: The Council of Jerusalem, the resolution. Catholic Inspiration

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The end of chapter 15 of Acts of the Apostles shows how the early Church came to a united resolution that empowered the mission of the Gospel to the gentiles.

Mass Readings – Friday of the 5th Week of Easter

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Daily Mass: The Council of Jerusalem, the discussion. Catholic Inspiration

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Chapter 15 of Acts of the Apostles offers “Part II” of the Council of Jerusalem. The Apostles gather to have an intense discussion and offer us an example to follow today.

Mass Readings – Thursday of the 5th Week of Easter

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Daily Mass: The Council of Jerusalem, the issue. Catholic Inspiration

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Chapter 15 of the Acts of the Apostles addresses the first major debate within the early Church, namely, does a person have to be Jewish to follow Jesus? Today we have the first part of this debate, which highlights the need to come together for an intense discussion.

Mass Readings – Wednesday of the 5th Week of Easter

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Daily Mass: Peace I leave with you. Catholic Inspiration

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Jesus offers something that the world does not give, yet the world desperately needs. May we draw close to the Prince of Peace to heal our hearts and give serenity to our souls.

Mass Readings – Tuesday of the 5th Week of Easter

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