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Daily Mass: Isaiah’s prophecy about Jesus. Catholic Inspiration

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The prophetic words of Isaiah ring in our hearts. Christ is coming into our world! May we prepare our hearts to welcome the Lord.

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Daily Mass: Jesus fulfills a prophecy of Isaiah. Catholic Inspiration

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Jesus continues to heal and proclaim the Good News, even as others begin to discuss how to destroy him.

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Daily Mass: Jesus fulfills the prophecies of Isaiah. Catholic Inspiration

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When the disciples of John the Baptist ask Jesus questions about who he is, the Lord responds with references that fulfill the prophecies found in Isaiah. The result? He is the messiah!

Mass Readings – Wednesday of the 3rd Week of Advent


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Daily Mass: We will run and not grow weary. Catholic Inspiration

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The prophet Isaiah reminds us that when we place our hope in the Lord we will have a strength that does not fade.

Mass Readings – Wednesday of the 2nd Week of Advent

Daily Mass: Be strong, fear not! Catholic Inspiration

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The joyful proclamation of the prophet Isaiah brings hope and strength to our hearts.

Mass Readings – Monday of the 2nd Week of Advent

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


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.

5th Sunday of the Year: Our response to God’s invitation. Catholic Inspiration

Both Isaiah and St. Peter initially express doubt and fear in the presence of God’s invitation.  Yet like them we are called to move beyond our self-imposed obstacles and accept the Lord’s prompting in our lives…even when it’s hard.

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3rd Sunday of the Year: The Spirit of the Lord. Catholic Inspiration

The Spirit of the Lord – fulfilled by Jesus in Gospel of Luke – empowers us to acknowledge God’s grace in our lives.  Like pieces of a magnificent stained glass window, we are called to shine with the unique gifts and blessings the Lord has given us.

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Daily Mass: Washed clean with a humble heart. Catholic Inspiration

Isaiah exhorts the people to wash themselves clean.  Jesus shows how this cleansing happens when we serve one another with a humble heart.

Mass Readings – Tuesday of the 2nd Week of Lent


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Daily Mass: The power of fasting. Catholic Inspiration

The spiritual discipline of fasting offers a powerful tool to help us recognize the needs of others.  Both Isaiah and Jesus offer key insights into this practice, guiding us to see how fasting in our bodies can bring renewal to our souls.

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