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Daily Mass: Faith in the face of opposition. Catholic Inspiration

Mass Readings – Saturday in the Octave of Easter

When the going gets tough, the tough live their faith!  The early Church faced opposition even as it was filled with the grace of the Holy Spirit.  We, too, call upon the Lord to face our trials with the same strength that inspired and strengthened the disciples.


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Daily Mass: When our faith is put to the test. Catholic Inspiration

Mass Readings – Wednesday of the 5th Week of Lent

The story of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego reminds us that there are times in life when our faith is tested.  In those moments we call upon the Lord for the strength we need, and we ask God for forgiveness for those times that we have failed.  For through it all Christ offers his life for us.


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Daily Mass: Perseverance through Persecution. Catholic Inspiration

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Fr. Andrew’s Daily Mass Homily – Wednesday of the 3rd Week of Easter

Daily Mass Readings

What gives people strength to carry on when the going gets tough?  To hang in there when it is painful, difficult, or oppressive?  The struggles of the early Church were sustained by their faith in Christ, who promised eternal life to all who believe in him.


Daily Mass: Life and Death. Catholic Inspiration

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Fr. Andrew’s Daily Mass Homily Podcast – Thursday of the 2nd Week of Easter

Daily Mass Readings

Empowered by the Holy Spirit and filled with the love of the Risen Christ, the disciples continue to proclaim the Good News in the face of open hostility.  May we take their example to heart as we draw near to the Lord for the grace we need to confront the challenges and obstacles of daily life.


Daily Mass: A Love that casts out Fear. Catholic Inspiration

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Fr. Andrew’s Daily Mass Homily Podcast – Wednesday of the 2nd Week of Easter

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The Apostles continue to preach the message of Christ in the context of persecution.  They are freed from fear!  How is this possible?  Where do they get their strength?  The Gospel answer: the Love of Christ poured out through his Death and Resurrection has transformed them.  May the Lord’s love cast out our fears as well.

head of Christ - Richard Hook


Head of Christ, Richard Hook.

3rd Sunday of Easter – Strong Faith in Hard Times


Study:  Reflect on an experience where your faith got you through a difficult time.  What (or who) in particular helped you?

Pray:  Offer up the needs of loved ones who are experiencing tough times right now.  Pray for them!

Serve:  Is there a way that you can offer fellowship or support for someone struggling?  How can you lighten their load?

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3rd Sunday of Easter Readings

The power of Easter shines through the Scripture readings this week:

  • 1st Reading – The Disciples face persecution for their witness
  • Psalm – “I will praise you Lord, for you have rescued me.”
  • 2nd Reading – John’s vision of Heaven, where angels worship Christ
  • Gospel – Jesus asks Peter “Do you love me?” three times

The disciples, freed from fear, now boldly proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ.  In fact, they wear their hardships like badges of honor – “rejoicing that they had been found worthy to suffer dishonor for the sake of the name.” (Acts 5:41)

A key point emerges: being a Christian does not mean that life will be easy.  On the contrary!  Striving to live in a manner worthy of Christ means that we will stand out and at times face hostility because we seek to live a Godly life.  At times we will encounter obstacles, setbacks, personal failures, and perhaps even ridicule – yet even in our weaknesses and failures we draw on the strength of the Lord for grace, mercy, and life.

This strength is highlighted in the encounter between Jesus and Peter, which takes place on the shore of the Sea of Galilee after the resurrection.  Peter has to face the Lord (the one he betrayed three times) and confront his own personal failure as he meets his friend and Savior.  Coming to Jesus (who knows his heart) Peter admits his inadequacy even as he affirms his love for the Lord.

These readings give us hope!  In tough times or smooth sailing, we turn (and return) to Christ for the wisdom and guidance we need.  And if we fail, we fall facing Jesus, who will lift us back up with a grace and strength to help us in our adversity – asking only that we renew our love for the one who died and rose for our salvation.

Daily Mass: Strengthened by Christ in tough times. Catholic Inspiration

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Fr. Andrew’s Daily Mass Homily Podcast – Friday of the Octave of Easter

Daily Mass Readings

This is now the third day in a row where we perceive the same pattern: An encounter with Christ in the Gospel and the response of the disciples in the first reading.  Today’s response highlights persecution – those moments when our faith comes at a cost – and we witness the change in Peter who acts very differently in the light of Easter joy.