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Study, Pray, Serve: 6th Sunday of Easter

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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 major themes in the Scripture readings for the 6th Week of Easter.

1st Reading – Acts 10:25-26,34-35,44-48

  • The Holy Spirit comes upon Cornelius and other Gentiles, and Peter has them all baptized.
  • Note: usually the Spirit comes after one is baptized; here it occurs before.

Psalm 98:1,2-3,3-4

  • The earth offers a joyful song of praise for the salvation of God.
  • The Lord’s victory is revealed through his kindness, justice and and faithfulness.

2nd Reading – 1 John 4:7-10

  • We love one another because love is of God.
  • Whoever is without love does not know God, for God is love.
  • God sent his Son into the world, because God loves us.

Gospel – John 15:9-17

  • Our love for God leads us to keep his commandments.
  • We have been chosen by God to keep his commandment to love one another and bear (spiritual) fruit that will remain.

Mass Readings – 6th Sunday of Easter


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Note: This post was first published on May 3, 2021.

Daily Mass: Our love for one other reveals the face of Christ. Catholic Inspiration

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In this third part of the reflection on love from the First Letter of John, we see how our love for others reflects the love that flows from the heart of God. When we love one another we are acting on the Lord’s commandment and showing the world the face of Christ.

Mass Readings – Thursday after Epiphany (Christmas Weekday)

30th Sunday of the Year: It’s all about Love.

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Study:  Reflect on some people who live their faith through their loving thoughts, words, and actions.

Pray:  Is there a person or situation in your life that calls for greater charity?  Ask the Lord for the wisdom and guidance to do it.

Serve:  Is there someone in your life right now who would benefit from your time, attention, and/or effort?  How can you help?

Mass Readings – 30th Sunday of the Year

What is the central and most important part of being a Christian? What should be the focus around which we build our lives?

The answer is explicit: LOVE.

Jesus takes the two commands, love of God and love of neighbor and links them as the heart of the Christian message – from which the teaching of the entire Scriptures finds its soul. Love is the sign of the Church, it is the proof of faith, and it is the reality which reveals to others the depth of our commitment as disciples of Jesus Christ.

But what do these commands mean for us? After all, the question for each of us is “How does the law of Love affect me? How do these commands shape my life?”
I look at this from three different angles:

* By how I THINK.
* By how I SPEAK.
* By how I ACT.

In other words, do my thoughts, words, and actions reveal the law of love in my life? When I look at myself in each of these areas do I measure up with the commands of Jesus?

Imagine that each of these parts of life could be made into a movie. I see myself watching “The Thoughts of Fr. Andrew,” followed by “The Words of Fr. Andrew,” and then “The Actions of Fr. Andrew.” Do I like what I see on the screen?

When we come to the end of our lives, I doubt if many of us will wish we had worked more, or earned more money, or bought more things. In the end I expect most of us will wish we had spent more time loving the people in our lives – through what we thought, said, and did.

This love, which comes from God, is intended for us to share while we are here on earth. Our faith tells us that one day the Lord will call us home. On that day may we find ourselves prepared; having loved one another in this life we will then step into eternal Love in the Kingdom of Heaven.

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Daily Mass: God’s love in the face of riots, looting and fear. Catholic Inspiration

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The stress and tension of the recent riots, compounded by COVID-19 concerns, reveals the crucial need to carry out the love of Christ that we hear about in the Gospel of Mark today.

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


Daily Mass: Our love for God is revealed in our love for each other. Catholic Inspiration

The First Letter of John cuts through any warm and fuzzy notions of love with a decisive evaluation: we reveal our love for God through our love for one another. May this practical test guide and direct our actions, powered by the love of Christ.

Mass Readings – Thursday after Epiphany


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Daily Mass: God loves us and commands us to love one another. Catholic Inspiration

The First Letter of St. John offers a beautiful and moving reflection on how God’s love moves in and through us into the world. May the Lord’s love flow through us today!

Mass Readings – Wednesday after Epiphany


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Christmas Eve: A gift we can give to the Lord. Catholic Inspiration

Have you ever tried to get a gift for “the person who has everything” and been frustrated in the process? Everything we have comes from God…everything! The Lord needs nothing from us, but asks for only one thing: a loving heart that reaches out to others.

Merry Christmas!


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24th Sunday of the Year: To love without limit. Catholic Inspiration

The parable of the Prodigal Son is well known, yet when we reflect on the depth of the father’s love we are challenged to live up to this incredible standard: to love without limit.

Mass Readings – 24th Sunday of the Year


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Daily Mass: Love, the Greatest Commandment. Catholic Inspiration

Jesus, the Master Teacher, offers brilliant clarity in teaching about the great commandment to love God and one another. The teaching is simple and direct; the challenge is living out this commandment each and every day.

Mass Readings – Friday of the 20th Week of the Year


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15th Sunday of the Year: Who is my neighbor?

Study:  Recall a time when you were treated kindly…and you didn’t deserve it.  How did this kindness affect you?

Pray:  Is there someone in your life who is difficult to love?  Ask the Lord for grace and strength.

Serve:  Is there a “neighbor” in your life that you are feeling called to help?  How can you reach out?

Mass Readings – 15th Sunday of the Year

The story of the Good Samaritan takes many of us back to our elementary school days of religious education.  It’s worth taking a moment to examine the structure of the context within which the parable is located in chapter ten of Luke’s Gospel:

  • v. 25 – The lawyer’s question
  • v. 26 – Jesus’ counter-question
  • v. 27 – The lawyer’s response
  • v. 28 – Jesus’ imperative & command
  • v. 29 – The lawyer’s 2nd question
  • v. 30-36 – The Good Samaritan parable
  • v. 37a – The lawyer’s response
  • v. 38b – Jesus’ imperative & command

The first half of this passage pertains to the notion of eternal life and what we must do – loving God and one another.  This is a recap of the two Great Commandments, and we all generally nod our heads in agreement at the lawyer’s answer.

The second half, however, pushes the question “Who is my neighbor?” as Jesus uses the parable to point out that all people – regardless of race, color, religion – are our neighbor.  Remember: the Samaritan is not Jewish, yet fulfills the command of loving the neighbor!

The takeaway for us today happens on many levels:

  1. Our words and actions define us – especially when we are in challenging situations.
  2. Who are the people in my life that are difficult to love?
  3. How might I take steps to love these “neighbors” God sets before me?

While there are many ways to demonstrate our love for the Lord, a clear example occurs when we act in kind and merciful ways toward one another.  May see clearly our neighbors and respond to their needs with the love of Jesus Christ.


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Note: This post was first published on July 4, 2016.

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