Tag Archives: Jesus Christ

11th Sunday of the Year: God’s growth and life lessons. Catholic Inspiration

The Gospel parables remind us that growth happens over time, often when we least expect. Let us learn the lessons of the pandemic and call upon God’s grace that we may continue to grow to our full stature as sons and daughters of the Most High.

Mass Readings – 11th Sunday of the Year

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The Immaculate Heart of Mary. Catholic Inspiration

The feast today offers us an insight into what happens to our hearts when we embrace God’s love. The intensity of Mary’s love in light of her “Yes!” to God indicates that the love of Christ will transform us in ways beyond our wildest imagination.

Mass Readings – The Immaculate Heart of Mary

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The Sacred Heart of Jesus. Catholic Inspiration

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This feast draws us into the awesome mystery of God’s unconditional love for us…inspiring us to embrace this love into our hearts and let it flow through our lives.

Mass Readings – The Most Sacred Heart of Jesus

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Daily Mass: Go and be reconciled. Catholic Inspiration

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One of the toughest commandments of Christ is the directive to forgive and reconcile. Yet this commandment is essential as we follow the Lord with full and open hearts.

Mass Readings – Thursday of the 10th Week of the Year

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Daily Mass: We fulfill the commandments of Christ. Catholic Inspiration

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Jesus Christ is the fulfillment of the Law and the Prophets, and as we carry out his commands we continue his saving mission in the context of our daily circumstances.

Mass Readings – Wednesday of the 10th Week of the Year

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Daily Mass: We are Salt and Light in the world. Catholic Inspiration

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Christ calls us to be Salt and Light in the world, sharing the blessings we have received with those around us.

Mass Readings – Tuesday of the 10th Week of the Year

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Note: 24 years ago today I was ordained a priest, and I thank God for the gift of this vocation every day!


Daily Mass: Blessed are you… Catholic Inspiration

For the next three weeks we will be reading from the Sermon on the Mount in chapters 5-7 of Matthew’s Gospel. Today we begin with the Beatitudes, and it begs a question: how do we recognize God’s blessings in our lives?

Mass Readings – Monday of the 10th Week of the Year

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Study, Pray, Serve: The 11th Sunday of the Year

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Let’s take a look at some of the major themes we find in the readings for the 11th Sunday of Ordinary Time.

1st Reading – Ezekiel 17:22-24

  • The prophet offers the cedar as a sign of God’s restoration for the people of Israel, which will be ultimately fulfilled in the Kingdom of God.
  • God’s power reigns supreme over all creation.

Psalm – 92:2-3,13-14,15-16

  • “Lord, it is good to give thanks to you.”
  • God is praised for mighty deeds that bring blessings to those who live holy lives.

2nd Reading – 2nd Corinthians 5:6-10

  • We remain courageous as we follow the Lord in faith.
  • In both life and death we belong to the Lord, from whom we will receive recompense for the good or evil we have done.

Gospel – Mark 4:26-34

  • This passage offers two parables about the kingdom of God that highlight the contrast between the humble beginnings of a seed and the final glory of a mature plant.
  • The simple start of a small seed reminds us that God’s power touches the little and the lowly, resulting in a final creation beyond our expectation.

Mass Readings – 11th Sunday of the Year

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Corpus Christi: Holy Communion is the Real Presence of Jesus Christ. Catholic Inspiration

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At every Mass the bread and wine become the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ, what we call the Real Presence. In his teaching to the disciples, the Lord defines and commands us to receive him in Holy Communion. In light of the past year with the pandemic, we have discovered just how crucial it is for us to carry out this command of Christ.

Mass Readings – The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ

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Daily Mass: The revelation of Raphael. Catholic Inspiration

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The Book of Tobit, Part V – In the final installment, we see the revelation of the angel Raphael who urges Tobit and Tobiah to give unceasing praise to God.

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

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