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Study, Pray, Serve: 3rd Sunday of Easter

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Study: What do the readings say?

Pray: What do the readings say to me?

Serve: What do the readings make me do or say…today?

Let’s take a look at some of the main themes of the readings for the 3rd Sunday of Easter.

1st Reading – Acts 3:13-15, 17-19

  • Christ is “the Holy and Righteous One” who is the “Author of Life.”
  • We are called to repent, that our sins may be wiped away.

Psalm – 4:2, 4, 7-8

  • The psalm is a lament to God for deliverance from suffering.
  • The Church applies these words to Jesus, who delivers us through His death and resurrection.

2nd Reading – 1 John 2:1-5a

  • Jesus is our Advocate with the Father.
  • By keeping his commandments we show that we know Jesus Christ.

Gospel – Luke 24:35-48

  • The Risen Lord says “Peace be with you” and addresses the doubts in the hearts of the disciples.
  • Christ “opened their minds” to understand the Scriptures.
  • Repentance is crucial for the forgiveness of our sins, made possible by the death and resurrection of the Lord.

Mass Readings – 3rd Sunday of Easter

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Note: This post was first published on April 12, 2021.


Daily Mass: A tale of two brothers. Catholic Inspiration

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The parable of the Prodigal Son reveals two classic ways that we imperfectly follow our Father in Heaven. On one hand we commit sins, and finally wise up and repent; on the other hand we do the right thing but with a hard heart. Thank God for Jesus to guide us!

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

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Daily Mass: The ongoing call to repentance. Catholic Inspiration

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Jesus affirms the preaching of Jonah to repent. This is the constant message throughout salvation history: to acknowledge our sins and return to the Lord for mercy and forgiveness.

Mass Readings – Wednesday of the 1st Week of Lent

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1st Sunday of Lent: Confronting the darkness in our hearts. Catholic Inspiration

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The temptation of Jesus in the Gospel of Mark reminds us that the darkness of sin must be confronted in our hearts with the triumph of Christ.

Mass Readings – 1st Sunday of Lent

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Ash Wednesday: Turn away from sin and be faithful to the Gospel. Catholic Inspiration

We begin the season of Lent by acknowledging our sins and embracing God’s mercy through repentance and conversion of heart. May these forty days help us draw closer to Jesus Christ and one another!

Mass Readings – Ash Wednesday

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1st Sunday of Lent: Repent and believe in the Gospel

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Study:  Start out this Lent with a good Examination of Conscience.

Pray:  Ask the Lord for the grace to repent.

Serve:  Consider a practical way you can bring “good news” to someone in your life.

Mass Readings – 1st Sunday of Lent

Mark’s Gospel is direct and to the point:

Jesus came to Galilee proclaiming the gospel of God:  “This is the time of fulfillment.  The kingdom of God is at hand.  Repent, and believe in the gospel.”  (Mark 1: 14-15)

It’s time.  Maybe you got a late start to Lent, maybe it caught up on you before you were ready.  Maybe you’ve been ready, but you needed that little push – that extra kick – to get started and make a change.

It’s not complicated.  Is there something that’s keeping us from God or one another?  Is there something that needs to be different in our words and actions?  Does the pattern of our lives need to be altered toward the Lord’s goodness?  Two simple steps:

  • Repent
  • Believe in the Good News

In the first reading the rainbow is a sign from God that never again will the world be flooded with waters of destruction.  The covenant with Noah is built on hope: life is worth saving, worth fighting for, worth dying for, and worthy of the ultimate sacrifice of Christ on the Cross.  Once we recognize God’s faithfulness, we can more easily let go of past sins and temptations – turning to the one who loves us completely.

Is there anything holding us back from the Lord?  Now is a good time to honestly assess our lives, cast out what does not belong, and call upon the grace of Jesus Christ.

After all, he brings Good News – and once we’ve left our sins behind, we can embrace the joy that flows from Heaven.

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Note: This post was first published on February 12, 2018.


3rd Sunday of the Year: The daily practice of repentance. Catholic Inspiration

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Christ commands us to “Repent, and believe in the Gospel.” This exhortation is not a one-time event; rather, it is an ongoing process that we reaffirm every day.

Mass Readings – 3rd Sunday of the Year


3rd Sunday of the Year: Repent and believe in the Gospel.

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Study:  Recall a time when you made a serious mistake.  What steps did you take to make it right?  Do you have any unfinished work that needs to be done?

Pray:  Saying “I’m sorry” and “I forgive you” can be very difficult; don’t try it alone!  Ask the Lord for the grace and strength.

Serve:  How can you help another on the path to repentance?  How might you encourage people to seek healing and forgiveness?

Mass Readings – 3rd Sunday of the Year

Remember back in elementary school when we all learned long division?  Perhaps you remember some of those really long problems that took a whole sheet of paper to write?  I recall the excitement when I found the answers at the end of the book, only to have my hopes crushed when the dreaded words “show your work” were part of the instructions…

To demonstrate the exercise our 4th grade teacher, Mrs. Tempesta, would put a problem on the chalk board and demonstrate line by line, showing the work and how the process repeats until you made your way through the entire problem.  At the end you would have the answer, with all the work to prove it.

I remember asking Mrs. Tempesta what would happen if you made a mistake early on in the process.  She smiled and repeated the problem along side the original – with one tiny mistake.  The wrong answer at the end of the work glared at our class; when we asked what do you do if your answer doesn’t match the solution in the book, she replied, “You have to start at the beginning, find your mistake, and rework a new solution.”

Welcome to repentance.

We all make mistakes: we say things we can’t take back; do things we regret; allow things to happen that we’d give anything to erase.  And while we can’t change the past our faith tells us that we have a process that can bring healing and restore relationships.  Like long division, we find our mistakes, REPENT, and rework a solution that follows a new path of behavior.

The words “I’m sorry” and “I forgive you” are some of the most powerful in any language.  The first reading and the Gospel today are especially adamant that we take them to heart – repenting of our sins and choosing a Godly path that brings healing to our lives.  Remember: God never gives up on us!  The process looks like this:

  • We run through our own personal examination of conscience
  • We admit it – perhaps directly or in the Sacrament of Confession
  • We are sorry for the hurt we have done, acknowledging our sins/mistakes
  • We do our part to make it right – doing what we can to fix and heal
  • We call upon God’s healing grace and strength

Perhaps it’s been awhile since we stepped into a confessional.  Perhaps it’s been awhile since we have honestly looked into our hearts.  Today we can take a moment to look inside, see what doesn’t belong, and make the move to repent of our sins and turn to the Lord.  May we see in the example of Jonah and Jesus today that we have hope; God keeps calling – inviting us to turn away from sin and embrace the Good News.

And if you are looking for some help in checking out your heart, try these options for an Examination of Conscience.

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Note: This post was originally published on January 19, 2015.


Daily Mass: Christ comes to call (us!) sinners. Catholic Inspiration

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During the call of Levi – who leaves his post and follows Jesus – we hear the encouraging words of the Lord, who “did not come to call the righteous but sinners.” May we recognize our need for ongoing conversion as we turn away from sin and follow Christ.

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


Daily Mass: Repent! The Kingdom of God is at hand! Catholic Inspiration

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From the very start of his earthly ministry, Jesus preached for repentance – the ongoing call to conversion of heart – as we turn from our sins and embrace our lives for the Lord.

Mass Readings – Monday after Epiphany