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Daily Mass: a rich man and Lazarus. Catholic Inspiration

The parable of the rich man and Lazarus offer insights into how we live.  By putting our trust in God and using the ordinary tools of faith, we find the grace we need to journey through this life until we reach Heaven.

Mass Readings – Thursday of the 2nd Week of Lent

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Daily Mass: How will we use what we’ve been given? Catholic Inspiration

The well known parable of the rich man and Lazarus offers a powerful reminder that we have been given what we need to know the Lord. May we draw up these great gifts: Church teaching, Scripture, Sacraments, Prayer, Fellowship, and the example of the Saints!

Mass Readings – Thursday of the 2nd Week of Lent

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Daily Mass: Martha’s confession of faith. Catholic Inspiration

Mass Readings – Saturday of the 16th Week of the Year

Martha’s conversation with Jesus reveals the depth of her friendship and the conviction of her faith.  May her example inspire us to turn to the Lord in our need with the same trust.

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5th Sunday of Lent: Life & Death

Study: Recall a time when you experienced death.  How has this experience shaped the way you live?

Pray: Is there a life and death situation near you right now?  Call upon the Lord for grace.

Serve:  Do you have someone in your life who is facing a life and death situation?  How can you help them?

Mass Readings – 5th Sunday of Lent

Let’s take a step back and look at the these readings:

  • 1st – Ezekiel tells the people that the Lord will give them his spirit to rise from their graves
  • Psalm – “With the Lord there is mercy and fullness of redemption.”
  • 2nd – St Paul states that we will rise from the dead because the Spirit is in us
  • Gospel – Jesus raises Lazarus from the dead

Life and death.  Throughout the readings this week these powerful realities weave together, reminding us that how we live and face our death has eternal consequences.

Throughout the earthly ministry of Jesus he consistently taught that our lives provide precious opportunities to serve and care for one another.  Forgiveness, mercy, compassion, service, healing and outreach to the poor are themes that surface repeatedly throughout the Gospels.  WHAT we do and HOW we do it reveal the depth of our discipleship and our willingness to follow the Lord through this life.

Yet we also know that death is an experience that comes to us all.  We have stood at the graves of our loved ones, grieved for those who have gone before us, and dealt with the ache in our hearts when someone we care about is no longer with us.  Death reminds us that our opportunity to share our lives on earth has a limit, that we only have so much time on this rock before we are called into eternity.

And the fact that something awaits us after death is a conviction that shapes both how we live and die.  God gives us immortal souls, created to be united in the great Heavenly chorus. Yet even this is a choice; out of love the Lord gives us the freedom to choose…will we follow the Lord or a different path?

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26th Sunday of the Year – To see clearly the needs of our neighbors. Catholic Inspiration

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Mass Readings – 26th Sunday of the Year

The parable of the rich man and Lazarus invites us to see the needs of others with the clarity of God’s grace.


26th Sunday of the Year – The rich man and Lazarus

Study:  Is there a particular need that keeps coming to your attention?  Reflect on how your resources might be used to help another.

Pray:  Ask the Lord to see more clearly the needs of the poor and respond with wisdom and compassion.

Serve:  Is there a simple action that you can do right now to help another?  How can you make it happen?

Mass Readings – 26th Sunday of the Year

The parable of the rich man and Lazarus speaks timelessly to our modern day culture.  Without a doubt we can all acknowledge the many, many ways that we have been materially blessed in our country, and this parable invites us to pay careful attention to how we respond to the needs of those who struggle for the basic necessities of life.

Let’s face it: there are way too many people living in desperate circumstances.  Some are within our own communities and countless millions suffer needlessly because they do not have adequate food, clothing, or shelter.  With so much need in the world we can sometimes become overwhelmed.  Where to start?  How can our little bit help when the need is so great?

And perhaps that’s the key – that we start with something within our reach.  Perhaps we have a connection close at hand that provides us with opportunities to make a difference (no matter how big or small) in the lives of others.

That leaves us with two simple questions to consider today:

  1. Where do we see obvious need in our world right now?
  2. Is there a practical and direct way that we can help?

As disciples of Jesus Christ we cannot close our eyes to the needs of the poor, and if we cannot solve all the world’s problems at least we can seek out ways to be part of a solution for someone.  Also, it’s always good to remember that whatever gift we give, God will take it and bless it in ways we cannot imagine.


Daily Mass: The example of St. Martha. Catholic Inspiration

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Mass Readings – St. Martha

Martha reveals a faith in Jesus that is real and direct.  May our lives mirror her example as we strive to follow Christ with conviction and authenticity.