Tag Archives: Miracle

Daily Mass: The Gospel proclaimed with power and humility. Catholic Inspiration

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Paul and Barnabas, proclaiming the Gospel with power, are mistaken for pagan gods after a miraculous healing. Their humble response reminds us to keep our eyes fixed on Christ as we carry out the Lord’s work in the world.

Mass Readings – Monday of the 5th Week of Easter


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Daily Mass: We offer the gift of Jesus Christ. Catholic Inspiration

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Lacking silver or gold, Peter and John give a crippled man a priceless gift: physical healing through the name of Jesus Christ.

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Daily Mass: Christ feeds us, body and soul. Catholic Inspiration

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Following the death of John the Baptist, Jesus goes to a deserted place, only to find a vast crowd in need of his teaching and guidance. There he nourishes body and soul as he takes, blesses, breaks and gives the bread and fish to feed the 5000.

Mass Readings – Monday of the 18th Week of the Year


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St. Alphonsus Liguori, pray for us!

Daily Mass: A case of mistaken identity. Catholic Inspiration

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After performing a miracle, Paul and Barnabas are mistaken by the crowds as Hermes and Zeus! Their response shows the humility of their hearts and the zeal of their faith in Jesus.

Mass Readings – Monday of the 5th Week of Easter


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Study, Pray, Serve: 2nd Sunday of the Year

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Here are some of the main themes in the readings for the 2nd Sunday of the Year.

1st Reading – Isaiah 62:1-5

  • Jerusalem will no longer be forsaken, but vindicated and recognized by all the nations.
  • The Lord will claim Jerusalem for his own and with great rejoicing.

Psalm – 96:1-3,7-10

  • “Proclaim his marvelous deeds to all the nations.”
  • Glory and praise is given to God with singing, rejoicing and worship.

2nd Reading – 1st Corinthians 12:4-11

  • There are a variety of gifts, service and work…but there is one God whose Spirit directs all.
  • Paul then lists a number of spiritual gifts, recalling how each person has something unique to offer.

Gospel John 2:1-11

  • At a wedding in Cana in Galilee, Jesus performs a miracle by turning water into wine.
  • This wine (done at the request of his mother, Mary) is superior to the wine that was served before.

Mass Readings – 2nd Sunday of the Year


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Daily Mass: We are under the authority of Jesus Christ. Catholic Inspiration

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The centurion in the Gospel of Matthew reveals his trust in the healing power of Jesus Christ. Familiar with the role of authority, this soldier places himself under the command of Jesus…giving us a powerful example of how we offer our lives in the service of the Lord.

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Daily Mass: Going fishing with Jesus. Catholic Inspiration

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After Jesus speaks to the crowds from Peter’s boat, the Lord changes Peter’s life forever…making him a fisher of men.

Mass Readings – Thursday of the 22nd Week of the Year


Daily Mass: God guides the people through the midst of the sea. Catholic Inspiration

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As Moses stretches out his hand, God swept back the sea so that the people could pass through on dry ground; just as quickly, the waters covered Pharaoh’s army and saved the children of Israel.

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


18th Sunday of the Year: The miracle of fishes and loaves.

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Study:  Where in my life have I experienced God’s abundant grace?  Where and when have I encountered a miracle?

Pray:  Jesus met the people in their needs; perhaps we might come to the Lord with our concerns and fears.

Serve:  How might we be an instrument of grace for another today?  Has the Lord put someone in our life right now to serve?

18th Sunday of the Year Readings

The Gospel this week offers a familiar story that many of us have heard on numerous occasions.  The miracle of the fishes and loaves offers a rich opportunity to reflect on a variety of themes that are central to the Christian disciple.

In order to do this, let’s take a step-by-step review of this story:

1.  Jesus hears of the death of John the Baptist
2.  Jesus seeks solitude in a deserted place
3.  The crowds eagerly seek Jesus
4.  Jesus sees the crowds and pities them
5.  Jesus cures their sick
6.  The people are hungry and far from home
7.  The disciples tell Jesus to send the people away
8.  Jesus tells the disciples to feed the people
9.  The disciples say there is only 5 loaves & 2 fish
11.  There is an abundance (leftovers of food!)

Here are a few observations:

1.  Jesus’ heart is moved with sorrow for the death of John the Baptist.  Perhaps he is considering his own approaching death, and he seeks some quiet personal time.  Yet when the crowds crush in upon him, the Lord pities and responds to their needs.  It is the generous and loving heart of Jesus that is worthy of reflection and observation here.

2.  Jesus observes that many people are sick, and the Lord takes the time to heal their bodies.

3.  The people have been with Jesus all day.  They are far from home, and they have not eaten.  While the disciples want the Lord to send them away, Jesus commands them to feed the people; when they use the limited food supply as their excuse, Jesus takes, blesses, breaks, and gives them an abundance.  Thus, Jesus cares for the people – body and soul in a way that is truly overwhelming.

4.  The same verbs of taking, blessing, breaking, and giving are used to describe the Lord at the Last Supper.  This feeding miracle is just another form of Eucharist!

Jesus moves beyond his own personal concerns to love, respond, and serve others.  The Lord cares for both the physical and spiritual needs of people in a generous way.  May we follow his example in our own lives of service and ministry.

Note: This post was first published on July 29, 2014.

Daily Mass: In the name of Jesus. Catholic Inspiration

Peter and John show how the name of Jesus brings hope and life to a beggar.  Following their example, we offer our lives today as a living witness to the power of God in the world.

Mass Readings – Wednesday of the Octave of Easter


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