Tag Archives: Love

Daily Mass: Loving God and neighbor in the context of COVID-19. Catholic Inspiration

Jesus teaches in Mark’s Gospel that the greatest commandments are about loving God and one another. In these current times with COVID-19 we have incredible opportunities to put these two commandments into practice.

Mass Readings – Friday of the 3rd Week of Lent

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Daily Mass: The overwhelming mercy of God. Catholic Inspiration

The first reading from Micah, Psalm Response and the Gospel of Luke offer beautiful insights into the mercy and compassion of God.

Mass Readings – Saturday of the 2nd Week of Lent

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Monday Conversation: Forgiveness brings light to our hearts. Catholic Inspiration

Forgiveness is a practical application of the command to love, and it is one of the most difficult things we are called to do as disciples of Jesus Christ. Yet this act not only allows us to receive the light of God’s love in our hearts, but it also empowers us to shine with this love in the world.

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Daily Mass: Love your enemies. Catholic Inspiration

It’s the classic test of the depth of our response to the Lord’s command…to be able to love those hostile people who make our lives painful and unbearable. Can we follow the example of Christ and love our enemies?

Mass Readings – Saturday of the 1st Week of the Year

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Monday Conversation: Stoking the fire of faith with love. Catholic Inspiration

How do we foster our faith in Christ? One way is to consider how do we foster our love for the Lord, and we can use human examples to help us.

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Daily Mass: Offering our lives for the Lord. Catholic Inspiration

The Lord uses a teachable moment to transform the pettiness of the disciples into an opportunity to conform their lives to his example.

Mass Readings Tuesday of the 7th Week of the Year

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7th Sunday of the Year: Insights into Love. Catholic Inspiration

The commandment to love challenges us to grow as disciples of Jesus Christ. May we look to the example of the saints to love – event when it’s hard – as we draw near to the Lord and one another.

Mass Readings – 7th Sunday of the Year

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7th Sunday of the Year: Putting love into practice

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Study: Reflect on a moment when you felt completely and entirely loved.  How did that experience shape your life?

Pray: Is there a person in your life right now who is difficult to love?  Ask the Lord for an infusion of grace!

Serve: How can you say “I love you” with an action?  How can you show others the love in your heart?

Mass Readings – 7th Sunday of the Year

A couple of major themes surface in our readings this week:

  • 1st Reading – Be holy, and love your neighbor as yourself
  • Psalm – “The Lord is kind and merciful.”
  • 2nd Reading – You are the temple of God, which is holy
  • Gospel – Love your neighbor…and your enemy!

In the first reading and Psalm we see the Lord’s command to love one another.  This might catch some people by surprise; after all, the Old Testament is filled with examples where the people of God are anything but loving to those they encounter!  Point: love of neighbor is a clear commandment of God.

The Gospel of Matthew sets the bar higher as Jesus builds on this command and calls us to conversion.  We are not only called to love our neighbors and family, but we are also called to love our enemies and persecutors!  Like last week, Jesus takes the commandments of the Old Testament and moves far beyond them.  We are called to love with our whole heart…loving one another the way God loves us.

The second reading goes in a different direction.  We hear from St. Paul that our bodies are temples of the living God, and as such we encounter the Spirit of God in the person of everyone we meet.

A consideration for today: put the love of God into practice!  We are cherished, treasured, forgiven and esteemed by the Lord – who loves us even on our worst days.  Following this example we can act accordingly…loving those around us with the love of Jesus Christ.

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Note: This post was first published on February 13, 2017.


Daily Mass: We shine with the light of Christ. Catholic Inspiration

Jesus inspires us to let the light of faith shine through our lives. May we take courage in the darkness to let God’s light into our hearts and share it with those around us.

Mass Readings – Thursday of the 3rd Week of the Year

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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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