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Daily Mass: The example of Christ. Catholic Inspiration

Jesus rejoices in the Holy Spirit, and Isaiah’s prophecy reveals uplifting qualities about the Savior…qualities that offer us an example as we live our lives for the Lord.

Mass Readings – Tuesday of the 1st Week of Advent

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24th Sunday of the Year: Forgiveness

Study:  Recall a time when you received forgiveness.  What did it feel like?

Pray:  Is there someone you need to forgive?  Ask the Lord for the courage and strength to do it.

Serve:  Is there someone you need to ask for forgiveness?  Be the first to foster healing in the relationship.

Mass Readings – 24th Sunday of the Year

Let’s take a quick look at a sketch of the readings:

  • 1st Reading – Forgive your neighbor, so that the Lord will forgive you
  • Psalm – “The Lord is kind and merciful, slow to anger, and rich in compassion.”
  • 2nd Reading – We live and die for the Lord
  • Gospel – We forgive others, just as our Father forgives us

On one hand the teaching is simple: if you want to be forgiven by God, start forgiving one another.  It’s sound logic and makes complete sense…until you have something hard to forgive.  Perhaps we have felt slighted or neglected, been hurt or experienced disappointment.  Maybe we just don’t understand, or maybe we are choosing to interpret a situation in its worst possible light.

Forgiveness is the practical dimension of Christian love.  After all, it’s easy to love people when we are comfortable, rested, calm and free of all distractions.  The real test of our love happens when we can forgive one another in the light of Jesus Christ.

The Lord offers us the teaching of forgiveness with clarity and conviction.  There  is no middle ground.  We forgive one another if we expect God to forgive us of our own sins.  We forgive, knowing that we all stand in need of God’s forgiveness, so that by unlocking the gates of our hearts through forgiveness we can stand before the Lord ready to receive the grace of his mercy.

Two thoughts then emerge today:

  1. Who do I need to forgive?
  2. To whom do I need to apologize and ask for forgiveness?

May the Lord inspire us to be people of forgiveness as we practice his teaching and follow his example.

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Daily Mass: Practical Reconciliation. Catholic Inspiration

Mass Readings – Wednesday of the 19th Week of the Year

The Lord offers a three-step process to confront division within a relationship.  It’s practical and powerful…and crucial for us to put into practice.

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Daily Mass: Standing in the presence of God. Catholic Inspiration

Mass Readings – Thursday of the 15th Week of the Year

Moses stands before God and receives his commission to go to Egypt.  It will be hard, but the Lord will walk with him.  As we face our challenges in life, God will give us what we need as well.

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Daily Mass: Facing the opposition to the Gospel. Catholic Inspiration

Mass Readings – Friday of the 14th Week of the Year

The Lord speaks bluntly when he tells his disciples about the opposition they will encounter: hatred, persecution, suffering, and ridicule will follow them.  And yet this opposition only highlights what’s truly at stake: eternal life!

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14th Sunday of the Year: Meek and humble of heart.

Study:  When have you experienced tenderness in your life?  How did it affect you?

Pray:  Is there someone you know who is in pain right now?  Pray for the gentleness of Jesus to touch them.

Serve:  Is there someone you can help?  Perhaps you are uniquely suited to ease their burden and bring them comfort.

Mass Readings – 14th Sunday of the Year

Here’s a quick recap of the readings:

  • 1st Reading – Zechariah offers a prophecy about Jesus
  • Psalm – “I will praise your name for ever, my king and my God.”
  • 2nd Reading – Paul teaches that the Spirit of Christ dwells in us
  • Gospel – Christ offers rest to all who labor and are burdened

When you think of all the ways that God could choose to be revealed to humanity, perhaps nothing seems at first more shocking than the tender humility that the Messiah reveals.  God does not overwhelm our senses with awesome power; rather, God gets under our radar and lovingly touches our hearts without force or pretense.

Jesus Christ comes into our world:

  • Meek and riding a donkey (not a stallion at the head of an angelic army)
  • Bringing comfort and healing (as opposed to a war cry and battle plan)
  • Offering his Spirit so that we might be transformed into newness of life

No wonder the Psalmist could offer praises to God!  The Lord is approachable, gentle, accessible and understanding.  Jesus Christ meets us in our most wounded and vulnerable places, for through his Cross he has experienced the full range of human pain…and redeemed it.

So come to the Lord.  Embrace the one who meets us where we are and longs to heal our pain.  May we let go of our worries and fears; may we let the Lord take us by the hand and lead us into newness of life.

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12th Sunday of the Year: God’s grace in the darkness of evil.

Study: Consider a time when you had to confront evil.  How did your faith in Christ give you strength?

Pray: Is there a difficult situation in your life right now?  Ask the Lord for wisdom and guidance.

Serve:  Do you know someone who is struggling right now?  How can you offer support?

Mass Readings – 12th Sunday of the Year

The readings this Sunday all come with an edge to them, signifying that there’s a lot at stake in a life of faith.  Take a look:

  • 1st Reading – Jeremiah praises the Lord even as he recognizes the evil of others.
  • Psalm – “Lord, in your great love answer me.”
  • 2nd Reading – Sin and death came through Adam; grace and peace come through Jesus Christ.
  • Gospel – The Lord will acknowledge those who acknowledge Him, and he will deny those who deny him.

These readings address the reality of sin and evil in our world.  We know this reality through our experience, and whether through our own actions or the actions of others we recognize that the human heart has the capacity for sin.

Yet we also recognize that God’s grace is greater than the darkness.  This is why Christ came into the world!  Through the Lord’s cross and resurrection we have hope to call upon Heaven for the strength, courage and wisdom we need to face the challenges of life.

Have we sinned?  Then we seek reconciliation and forgiveness.  Have we been wounded by wickedness and evil?  Then we call upon the Lord’s grace.

The triumph of Jesus Christ inspires us to follow the example of Jeremiah and Paul – acknowledging the Lord in this world so that we can be with Him in the next!

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