Tag Archives: Love

Daily Mass: Confronting hate with the love of Christ. Catholic Inspiration

The Lord offers a sobering lesson in John’s Gospel that when we follow the God’s command to love, the result at times will be hatred from the world.  Our response?  Love….but with both eyes open so that we can address this hatred with the grace of Jesus Christ.

Mass Readings – Saturday of the 5th Week of Easter


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Daily Mass: The gift of life and the dignity of love. Catholic Inspiration

The Gospel of John offers a beautiful insight into the dignity of love that God grants to humanity.  Jesus calls us friends, elevating us to a glorious relationship with God, and empowers us to offer the gift of our lives with this precious grace.

Mass Readings – Friday of the 5th Week of Easter


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Daily Mass: Commanded to love, filled with joy. Catholic Inspiration

This short passage from John’s Gospel reveals the interaction between the command to love and the gift of joy.  While love often challenges us to stretch our hearts as we care for others, the joy we receive flows straight from the heart of heaven.

Mass Readings – Thursday of the 5th Week of Easter


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Daily Mass: Friendship with God, built on love. Catholic Inspiration

This beautiful passage from the Gospel of John offers a profound reflection on the nature of God’s love for our lives.  Flowing from the Father, divine love is meant to touch our hearts and pass through us into the diverse relationships of daily life.

Mass Readings – Feast of St. Matthias, Apostle


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5th Sunday of Easter: Loving God on earth and in Heaven

Study:  Consider a moment when you felt unconditional love.  How did you react?

Pray:  Are there people in your life who are hard to love?  Ask the Lord to soften your heart, and place in you the desire to want to love them.

Serve: Love is expressed in many ways.  How can you share the Love of Christ with others today?

Mass Readings – 5th Sunday of Easter

Let’s start with a quick overview of this week’s readings:

  • 1st Reading – Paul & Barnabas are fostering the Church among the Gentiles
  • Psalm – “I will praise your name forever, my king and my God.”
  • 2nd Reading – John’s vision of a new heaven and a new earth
  • Gospel – Jesus commands his disciples to love one another

The Easter season proclaims the Lord’s triumph over sin and death, and inspires us to fix our eyes on Heaven as our destination and goal.  United together with the Lord, we understand that we are pilgrims passing through this world – and our words and actions have power and consequence.

Think about it.  The Lord commands us to love.  This is not some pleasant suggestion or good-idea-if-you-have-time-to-fit-it-in…this command is our call to action: Love flows from the heart of Heaven, and in our Love on earth we practice for the day when we will stand before the Author of Love itself.

And lest we get caught up in some sort of warm fuzzy feeling about Love, we know that this command is hard to carry out!  Love demands our forgiveness, patience, mercy, gentleness, peace, and understanding.  Simply put, we are called to Love as Christ loves us – by laying down our lives for one another.

Love, then, is not only a principal condition for Heaven, but for the Church on earth as well.  Nothing reveals our sincerity and authenticity as Christians more fully than when Love shines through our words and actions.

Our goal is Heaven, and while here on earth the Church follows the example of Christ – loving God and one another.  May others see the Lord’s Love in our lives today!

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Note: This post was first published on April 19, 2019.

Daily Mass: God so loved the world. Catholic Inspiration

This well known passage from the Gospel of John reminds us that it was out of love for sinful humanity that God sent Jesus Christ for our salvation.  May we humbly acknowledge the darkness within our hearts and turn to the one who longs to make us whole.

Mass Readings – Wednesday of the 2nd Week of Easter


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4th Sunday of Lent: The love of the Father. Catholic Inspiration

The parable of the Prodigal Son proclaims the tender compassion of the Father.  In our wayward moments the Lord continues to run to us in our need, reaching out with mercy, forgiveness and love.

Mass Readings – 4th Sunday of Lent


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