Tag Archives: Mercy

The power of the Eucharist in the modern world. Catholic Inspiration

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The sixth and final installment about the Eucharist examines the “Road to Emmaus” from the Gospel of Luke as a model for understanding how the Mass can powerfully impact our spiritual lives in the modern world.

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5th Sunday of Lent: Our sins and God’s mercy. Catholic Inspiration

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As the crowd attempts to test Jesus with the woman caught in adultery, the Lord responds with a sharp insight that focuses on the sins of all and reveals God’s awesome mercy.

Mass Readings – 5th Sunday of Lent

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Daily Mass: The Lord is gracious and merciful. Catholic Inspiration

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Both Isaiah and Jesus offer words of hope and consolation regarding the faithful and tender compassion of God. The Psalmist sums it up, “The Lord is gracious and merciful.”

Mass Readings – Wednesday of the 4th Week of Lent

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Study, Pray, Serve: 5th Sunday of Lent

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Let’s explore some of the themes for this 5th Sunday of Lent.

1st Reading – Isaiah 43:16-21

  • The prophet invites the people to reflect on God’s mighty deeds in the past.
  • The Lord is now doing something new that will renew all creation.

Psalm – 126:1-6

  • “The Lord has done great things for us; we are filled with joy.”
  • Out of moments of suffering and trial, we recall God’s grace and help.

2nd Reading – Philippians 3:8-14

  • St. Paul contrasts how little he disregards the suffering in this life for the glory we possess in Jesus Christ.
  • With his hope anchored in the Lord, he eagerly looks ahead to the future.

Gospel – John 8:1-11

  • A woman caught in adultery is brought before Jesus by an angry crowd.
  • After Jesus gently admonishes the crowd to consider their own sins, he then shows mercy to the woman.

Mass Readings – 5th Sunday of Lent

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Note: These are the readings for “Year C” in the Lectionary for Mass. On the 3rd, 4th and 5th Sundays of Lent, parishes may use the “Year A” readings at Masses that include members of the RCIA process.


3rd Sunday of Lent: Christ is our master gardener. Catholic Inspiration

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While teaching about the need to repent, Jesus offers a parable that challenges us to cultivate a fruitful life. Where do we get the courage to do this? We recognize that Christ is the master gardener who lovingly tends to the care of our souls!

Mass Readings – 3rd Sunday of Lent (Year C)

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Daily Mass: Jesus offers a path to divine justice. Catholic Inspiration

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The Lord speaks directly and to the point about a number of specific actions in this short and powerful selection of Luke’s Gospel.

Mass Readings – Monday of the 2nd Week of Lent

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Daily Mass: When we serve those in need, we serve the Lord. Catholic Inspiration

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The Lord reveals in the Gospel of Matthew how he takes on the services we render to the suffering and marginalized as being done to him. May we take the lesson to heart as we offer our lives to help others today.

Mass Readings – Monday of the 1st Week of Lent

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St. Perpetua and St. Felicity, pray for us!


Study, Pray, Serve: 7th Sunday of the Year

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Here are some of the themes in the readings for the 7th Sunday of the Year.

1st Reading – 1st Samuel 26:2,7-9,12-13,22-23

  • While trying to kill David, Saul is asleep and unattended when David comes upon him.
  • David spares Saul’s life, offering clear proof of his mercy.

Psalm – 103:1-4,8,10,12-13

  • “The Lord is kind and merciful.”
  • God, who is merciful and gracious, has compassion on us and pardons all our sins.

2nd Reading – 1st Corinthians 15:45-49

  • Paul contrasts the first man, Adam, with Jesus (the last Adam) to highlight the natural and the spiritual.
  • By becoming like us, Christ unites our nature to his and restores what was lost by sin.

Gospel – Luke 6:27-38

  • The “Golden Rule” (Do to others as you would have them do to you) is highlighted in this passage in a number of ways: love one’s enemies, share or lend with those in need, stop judging, forgive one another.
  • “For the measure with which you measure will in return be measured out to you.”

Mass Readings – 7th Sunday of the Year

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Daily Mass: David shows restraint against Saul. Catholic Inspiration

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While being hunted by Saul, David prevents his men from harming the king in a cave. His restraint offers us a powerful example of how we repay evil with good.

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

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St. Agnes, pray for us!


Daily Mass: The Lord reveals his compassion for us. Catholic Inspiration

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As Jesus weeps over the city of Jerusalem, we discern the compassion and tenderness that the Lord has for all who suffer.

Mass Readings – Thursday of the 33rd Week of the Year

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St. Rose Philippine Duchesne…pray for us!


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