Tag Archives: Mercy

Daily Mass: Healing, forgiveness and Christ. Catholic Inspiration

At Capernaum on the shore of the Sea of Galilee, where the miracle in today’s Gospel takes place.

Jesus responds in different ways to the people as he heals the paralytic, inviting us to draw near to Him for the renewal of body and soul.

Mass Readings – Thursday of the 13th Week of the Year

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Daily Mass: Justice and Mercy. Catholic Inspiration

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The Book of Daniel and the Gospel of John offer us examples of Justice and Mercy, crucial concepts that require our careful thought and attention as disciples of the Lord. May we strive for Justice in all our actions as we we recognize our ongoing need for God’s Mercy when we sin.

Mass Readings – Monday of the 5th Week of Lent

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Daily Mass: O God, be merciful to me a sinner. Catholic Inspiration

The prophet Hosea and Jesus offer words encouraging us to acknowledge humbly our sins and turn to the Lord for mercy and compassion.

Mass Readings – Saturday 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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Daily Mass: Facing our temptations. Catholic Inspiration

The Letter of James gives crucial insight into the nature of temptation. As we encounter our own temptations, may we never tire of calling upon God for the grace we need to face them.

Mass Readings – Tuesday of the 6th Week of the Year

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Daily Mass: Lord forgive the wrong I have done. Catholic Inspiration

The Psalm Response cuts right to the heart of a deep and urgent need in our souls: to call upon the Lord for the forgiveness and mercy we need as we acknowledge our sins.

Mass Readings – Wednesday of the 4th Week of the the Year

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Daily Mass: Be merciful, O Lord, for we have sinned. Catholic Inspiration

Psalm 51 speaks from the depths of our hearts, reminding us of those times when we have fallen short of our Christian calling, yet inspiring us to drawn near to Christ for the healing of our hearts.

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

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Daily Mass: The compassion of Jesus. Catholic Inspiration

As Jesus heals the leper in the Gospel of Luke, we witness the profound compassion of the Lord, who longs for our TOTAL healing – body, mind, heart and soul. May we draw near to Christ for this healing and in turn seek to be agents of healing whenever possible.

Mass Readings – Friday after Epiphany

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Daily Mass: Our hope is in the mercy of God. Catholic Inspiration

The Psalm response reminds us that our hope is not founded in our strength, our wealth or our abilities…it is founded upon the mercy of God. May this mercy give us the wisdom to turn to the Lord for our needs this day!

Mass Readings – Wednesday of the 30th Week of the Year

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30th Sunday of the Year: O God, be merciful to me a sinner!

Study:  Consider a time when you experienced mercy.  What did it feel like?

Pray:  Are you struggling to be merciful to someone right now?  Ask the Lord for help!

Serve:  Is there an act of mercy you can do for someone in need today?  How can you make it happen?

Mass Readings – 30th Sunday of the Year

The readings this Sunday could have been chosen for the Year of Mercy.  Take a look:

  • 1st Reading – “The Lord is a God of justice, who knows no favorites…”
  • Psalm – “The Lord hears the cry of the poor.”
  • 2nd Reading – “The Lord stood by me and gave me strength.”
  • Gospel – Two men went to the Temple to pray…and the one who said, “O God, be merciful to me a sinner” was heard!

As Pope Francis constantly reminds us, the name of God is Mercy.  Jesus shows us repeated examples of the mercy and love of the Father, inviting us to both receive God’s grace and then live with mercy toward one another.

It’s a simple message, direct and to the point.  Yet we know from our own experience how hard it can be to practice mercy in our world today!  We suffer injury, offense, misunderstanding and hassle in our daily interactions with one another.  People get under our skin.  We get angry.  We lose our focus.

And thus this simple message continues to speak to our hearts, heal our souls, and guide us into the grace that comes when we foster forgiveness and pursue peace.  Mercy is a practical application of the Great Commandment to love one another; mercy becomes our homework for holiness by which we put the example of Jesus into our own daily practice.

God’s mercy washes us clean and heals the wounds caused by sin.  As we seek the Lord’s mercy in our lives, may we allow this gift of mercy to move through us and touch the lives of those we meet.

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Note: This post was first published on October 17, 2016.