Tag Archives: Mercy

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

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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

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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.)

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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

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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

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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

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Daily Mass: God cleanses our hearts. Catholic Inspiration

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The prophet Ezekiel and the Psalmist offer us beautiful words of comfort: the Lord washes away the impurities of our souls and gives us clean hearts.

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

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Daily Mass: God’s mercy extends throughout our lives. Catholic Inspiration

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Jesus offers a parable about the Kingdom of Heaven that offers us hope in God’s abundant mercy throughout our lives. Even to our last breath, the Lord extends to us compassion and grace. May we accept it today!

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

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Daily Mass: Lord show us your mercy and love. Catholic Inspiration

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The Psalm Response today reveals our deep longing for God’s gentle touch upon our hearts as we carry out His commands.

Mass Readings – Tuesday of the 16th Week of the Year

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16th Sunday of the Year: Weeding the garden of our hearts.

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Study:  Consider your life right now.  What is flourishing in your heart, and what needs to be pulled out?

Pray:  Ask the Lord for wisdom to know how to grow in grace.

Serve:  How might you be an example for another person?  How might your work to root out sin inspire someone else to grow closer to the Lord?

Mass Readings – 16th Sunday of the Year

Several powerful themes surface in the readings this week.

  • 1st Reading – The Lord is the source of justice
  • Psalm – “Lord, you are good and forgiving.”
  • 2nd Reading – The Spirit comes to the aid of our weakness
  • Gospel – Jesus offers several parables; two of them are about weeds and seeds

A common pattern emerges from these themes as we discover that in the midst of injustice, sin, weakness and evil the Lord comes with justice, forgiveness, strength and power.  Simply put, God gives us grace to confront the weeds in our lives.

So that begs the question: Where are the weeds in our hearts today?  What struggle are we facing that requires the Lord’s mercy and love?  Perhaps we might step back and pause this week to reflect on the state of our soul, so that we can honestly assess what is growing and what needs to go.

Jesus Christ knows our hearts and loves us unconditionally.  As we look at the garden of our hearts may we trust that the one who knows us completely will help us root out what does not belong and help us grow as Sons and Daughters of God.

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Note: This post was first published on July 17, 2017.