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Study, Pray, Serve: The Ascension of the Lord

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Here are some of the main themes we see in the readings for the Ascension of the Lord.

1st Reading – Acts of the Apostles 1:1-11

  • Luke transitions from his Gospel to the account of the Apostles.
  • Jesus is taken up into heaven, assuring his followers that they will receive the Holy Spirit.

Psalm – 47:2-3,6-9

  • “God mounts his throne to shouts of joy: a blare of trumpets for the Lord.”
  • The Lord reveals his power and glory as all people praise God’s might.

2nd Reading – Ephesians 1:17-23 (option #1)

  • The Lord offers a Spirit of wisdom and revelation that enlightens his followers.
  • Christ’s has been raised in glory and is seated in the heavens with dominion over all creation.

2nd Reading – Hebrews 9:24-28; 10:19-23 (option #2)

  • Christ is the great high priest who offers his once-for-all sacrifice.
  • We have confidence and hope to approach the Lord, trusting in his mercy.

Gospel – Luke 24:46-53

  • Jesus explains how his death and resurrection would be preached to the nations.
  • The Lord blesses his disciples and ascends into heaven.

Mass Readings – The Ascension of the Lord


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3rd Sunday of Advent: Rejoice, the Lord is near! Catholic Inspiration

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Paul’s Letter to the Philippians offers a rich insight filled with joy and hope: The Lord is near! May Christ’s presence in our lives encourage us to embrace the gift of faith and live it in the world.

Mass Readings – 3rd Sunday of Advent


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Daily Mass: In God is our safety and our glory. Catholic Inspiration

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When the going gets tough, the tough turn to the Lord! The Psalm response articulates the source of our strength, especially in difficult moments in life.

Mass Readings – Monday of the 23rd Week of the Year


Study, Pray, Serve: Pentecost

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The feast of Pentecost brings the season of Easter to a stunning conclusion with several Scripture options, depending on the Mass you attend and the choice of the presider. Let’s take a look:

Vigil Mass

  • Genesis 11:1-9 – The tower of Babel
  • Exodus 19:3-8,16-20 – Moses leads the people to meet God at the foot of Mount Sinai
  • Ezekiel 37:1-14 – God brings the Spirit and restores the dried bones to life
  • Joel 3:1-5 – God will pour the Spirit upon the people
  • Psalm 104 – “Lord, send out your Spirit, and renew the face of the earth.”
  • Romans 8:22-27 – The Spirit comes to the aid of our weakness
  • John 7:37-39 – Jesus speaks of the Spirit as a living water that flows from within

Mass during the Day

  • Acts 2:1-11 – The Holy Spirit descends upon the disciples and they speak many different languages
  • Psalm 104 – “Lord, send out your Spirit, and renew the face of the earth.”
  • 1 Corinthians 12:3-7,12-13 – The Spirit gives many different gifts and unites the many parts of the body
  • Galatians 5:16-25 – Live and be guided by the Spirit and the fruit of the Spirit
  • John 20:19-23 – Jesus breathes on the disciples, offering them peace and the Holy Spirit
  • John 15:26-27; 16:12-15 – Jesus speaks of the Spirit of truth, the Advocate

These readings are all powerful reminders that the Holy Spirit is among us! May we call upon the Spirit each and every day for the strength and wisdom we need as we strive to offer our lives for the Lord.

Come Holy Spirit! Fill the hearts of your faithful and kindle in them the fire of your love. Send forth your Spirit, and they shall be created. And you will renew the face of the earth. O God, who by the light of the Holy Spirit, did instruct the hearts of the faithful, grant that by the same Holy Spirit we may be truly wise and ever enjoy His consolations. Through Christ our Lord. Amen!

Mass Readings – Pentecost

Vigil Mass

Mass during the Day


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Daily Mass: The faith that fosters courage and casts out fear. Catholic Inspiration

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The power of the Holy Spirit and the joy of the resurrection shine forth in the apostles as they confront the threat of death for proclaiming the Good News of Jesus. Their witness inspires us to face our fears as we embrace our faith.

Mass Readings – Thursday of the 2nd Week of Easter


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2nd Sunday of Easter: 3 ways to deal with doubts. Catholic Inspiration

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“Doubting Thomas” speaks to a common trait in our human hearts, especially with people who are uncertain about Jesus. May the three options offered in this homily help us to engage the skeptics in our lives with grace of God.

Mass Readings – 2nd Sunday of Easter


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4th Sunday of the Year: The use of power and authority.

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Study:  Consider a time in life when you used power and authority well.  What helped and guided you?

Pray:  Ask the Lord for the wisdom and courage to live your life in accordance with God’s commands.

Serve:  How can you make a difference with your life today?  What is in your reach to do that makes an immediate difference?

Mass Readings – 4th Sunday of the Year

In great and small ways, we all exercise power and authority.  Some people make daily decisions that shape the lives of nations; others rule kingdoms no bigger than the back garden.  Yet regardless of size and shape, the fact remains that power and authority are part of human life.

Having these two dynamic attributes, however, are no guarantee that they will be used wisely and well.  History is filled with both good and bad examples where power and authority have been used – for great good and great harm.

Like all gifts, power and authority find their origin in the Lord.  God is the source of all life, and every blessing, every ability, derives its strength from the throne of Heaven.  Both the first reading and the Gospel today acknowledge this truth: Moses proclaims that God will raise up a future prophet for the people; Jesus teaches with authority and casts out demons.  As Christ fulfills the promise of Moses, the Lord extends his power to conquer sin and death that we might have hope in this world as we look to the world to come.

In light of these readings two thoughts emerge for consideration:

  • Do I acknowledge God’s power and authority in my life?
  • Do I use the power and authority I have for God’s glory?

Think about it.  We often know what we should do…the question is, do we do it?!  The Lord’s commands (forgiveness, prayer, service to the poor, justice, etc.) are not nice things to think about in our spare time.  They are dictates from on high that are meant to enliven us and fill us with grace, peace, and joy.  The problem of course is that our own ego can get in the way and redirect our energy away from God.  In these moments, we search our conscience (Remember the Examination of Conscience last week?) and return to the Lord.

And while we are examining our hearts, we have the opportunity to put into practice the power and authority we have in a 1001 ways.  Consider:

  • Family, Friends, Acquaintances, Colleagues, Classmates
  • Strangers, Enemies, Chance Visitors
  • The Environment, The Legal System, Local Government
  • Any place where our lives touch another…

Since all power comes from God and flows through us, it might be helpful to recall that one day we are going to stand before Jesus Christ.  With loving eyes he will look into our souls and ask what we did with the gift of life we were given.  It’s not the mistakes we made that will be hardest to bear, but the opportunities we missed to good with what we had.  Perhaps today we might reflect on the Lord’s commands for our lives, and reconsider how we might put them into practice with the power we possess.



Note: This post was first published on January 25, 2015.

Daily Mass: The teaching and authority of Jesus. Catholic Inspiration

The synagogue in Capernaum, built over the site where Jesus preached. (My photo)

Jesus reveals his power in Capernaum as he teaches with authority and drives out demons.

Mass Readings – Tuesday of the 1st Week of the Year

Daily Mass: Choosing the fire of the Holy Spirit for our hearts. Catholic Inspiration

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The daily readings proclaim God’s goodness and power. As Jesus comes to light the fire of the Holy Spirit in our world we are confronted with a choice: to accept God’s path or walk away. What will we choose?

Mass Readings – Thursday of the 29th Week of the Year

Daily Mass: Storing up treasure in Heaven. Catholic Inspiration

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Jesus teaches with a parable in the Gospel of Luke how we are called to build up fabulous treasures…in Heaven!

Mass Readings – Monday of the 29th Week of the Year

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