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Daily Mass: Justice and Mercy come from the Lord. Catholic Inspiration

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The readings today recount two different women accused of adultery who encounter God’s justice and mercy. As we confront evil and sin in our lives, may we strive to follow the Lord.

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

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The prayer of a sinful tax collector is heard in Heaven, challenging us to recognize our sins and consoling us with the grace of the Lord’s mercy.

Mass Readings – Saturday of the 3rd Week of Lent

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4th Sunday of Lent: For God so loved the world

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Study:  When have I experienced a profound moment of love?  How did that moment change my life?

Pray:  Ask for the grace to embrace and share God’s love with others.   Today.

Serve:  How might I put my love into action for another?  How might I show someone the love I have in my heart?

Pastoral Note: The 3rd, 4th, and 5th Sundays of Lent provide an option for using the “Year A” readings at Mass for the RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) process, but for those who follow the usual cycle the reflection is offered below.

Mass Readings – 4th Sunday of Lent (Year B)

Do you ever wonder just how great God’s love really is?  How amazing?  How awesome?  I keep thinking about different analogies that show the reality of divine love when compared to human understanding.

For example:  If my entire awareness of God’s love could be viewed, it would be like a drop of water – compared to the Pacific Ocean of God’s love.  Or a grain of sand – compared to the Sahara Desert.  Or a single blade of grass – compared to the Midwest Prairie.

The fact is, there is no comparison that can truly show the height, depth, power, or magnitude of the love of God.  No analogy, no image, no description can do it justice…yet we can use our limited language to give us a hint:

For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but have eternal life.  For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through him.  (John 3:16-17)

This is God’s demonstration of love.  Look at a Cross; listen to the Stations; read the Passion.  The love of God is not words or clever thoughts.  The love of God is manifest through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ – out of love for us.

The question is – Do we believe it?  Do we accept in our hearts that this love is for us?  Do we live with the conviction that God values us, cherishes us, treasures us, forgives us, and loves us with this sort of intensity?

If we do believe, then our lives are forever changed.  If we receive these words and open our hearts, then God will come and transform us.  The Lord’s power is that great; once we say “Yes” to Christ we begin a process that will draw us steadily closer to God and one another.

We have heard these words so often that we can take them for granted.  We can overlook their meaning and miss the point.  Lent gives us time to search into our hearts and recognize this love for what it is – God’s way of calling us home.

May we be ready to respond!

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Note: This post was first published on March 8, 2015.


Daily Mass: The measure of mercy. Catholic Inspiration

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Jesus teaches how the measure of mercy applies to our hearts: “For the measure you measure will be measured out to you.”

Mass Readings – Monday of the 2nd Week of Lent

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Daily Mass: The Lord grieves over the hardness of our hearts. Catholic Inspiration

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We see the compassion of Christ as he grieves over the hardness of human hearts. May the sorrow of Jesus soften us to seek His charity, healing and mercy.

Mass Readings – Wednesday of the 2nd Week of the Year


Daily Mass: Be somebody’s somebody today. Catholic Inspiration

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The healing miracle and revelation of Jesus as God are made possible through the selfless service of four friends who made the effort to help somebody in need. May their example inspire us to be somebody’s somebody today!

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


Monday Conversation: God’s great mercy. Catholic Inspiration

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Fr. Andrew offers a homily on mercy, justice and our response to acknowledge our sins as we reconcile with one another. (Given at Cathedral of Christ the King on December 2, 2020.)


Daily Mass: The mercy of Christ wipes away our tears. Catholic Inspiration

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The pity and mercy of Jesus are echoed in the prophecy of Isaiah who tells us that “the Lord will wipe away the tears from all faces.” May this compassion inspire us to respond to Christ’s call today.

Mass Readings – Wednesday of the 1st Week of Advent


Daily Mass: Give thanks to the Lord. Catholic Inspiration

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The Psalm response echoes the grace revealed in the Gospel of Luke. When we count our blessings we open our hearts in faith to the healing power of Jesus Christ.

Mass Readings – Thursday of the 24th Week of the Year


Daily Mass: Love, mercy and forgiveness. Catholic Inspiration

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The Gospel of Luke offers us a powerful teaching from Jesus regarding how we interact with one another.

Mass Readings – Thursday of the 23rd Week of the Year