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Daily Mass: Heaven rejoices when a sinner repents. Catholic Inspiration

Recognizing our sins and asking for forgiveness challenges us to honestly acknowledge our faults and humbly ask for help.  While this is not easy, this process puts us in right relationship with the Lord and one another…allowing us to grow in maturity, wisdom and love.

Mass Readings – Thursday of the 31st Week of the Year

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Daily Mass: The natural consequences of sin. Catholic Inspiration

Jesus speaks about the cities that heard his message and rejected it.  Their punishment is the result of the natural consequence of not repenting.  The point for us is sobering; we have been given so much…does it inspire us to draw near to the Lord?

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

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3rd Sunday of the Year: The power of the resurrection. Catholic Inspiration

One of the hallmarks of the Early Church was the transformation that took place in the hearts of the disciples.  Standing before the Risen Lord, they were freed from the fear of sin and death as they opened their hearts to the power of repentance.  Their example inspires us to call upon God for the grace we need every day to walk in the light His love.

Mass Readings – 3rd Sunday of Easter

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3rd Sunday of Easter: Repentance in the light of the resurrection.

Study: Reflect on a time when you willingly took on a hard task with joy.  What gave you courage to begin?

Pray: Is there something that needs to change in your life?  Pray for the grace to begin again.

Serve:  How can you help someone make a change for the good?

Mass Readings – 3rd Sunday of Easter

The season of Easter offers us many opportunities to celebrate and rejoice.  After all, the light of the Risen Lord brings hope, courage and strength to all who call upon the name of Jesus.  Take a look at a quick overview of these readings:

  • 1st Reading – “Repent…and be converted, that your sins may be wiped away.”
  • Psalm – “Lord, let your face shine on us.”
  • 2nd Reading – Jesus Christ is our Advocate with the Father
  • Gospel – Jesus appears to the disciples, explains the Scriptures, and teaches them to proclaim repentance in His name

Why all this talk of repentance?  First and foremost, because we need it.  The Good News of the resurrection of Jesus Christ brings light to the darkness of death and sin.  Easter does not downplay the call to turn away from sin; rather, we have renewed hope that in Christ’s victory on the Cross we are empowered to face our weaknesses with God’s grace.

The light of the resurrection shines in our hearts…and sometimes we need to clean out what’s in there.  We might not like it, might try to avoid it, but in the end we stand before the Lord and acknowledge that all that we have is sustained by His love.

Here’s my point: this holy season offers us a chance to draw near to Christ – who knows us better than we know ourselves – and receive his mercy for our sins.  All that’s required is our acknowledgement for what we’ve done, make a change to live for the Lord and then receive the forgiveness that flows from the Sacred Heart.

Repentance is a lifetime work.  There will be days when we follow the Lord with joy and conviction; then again there will be days when we fail miserably.  What matters most is that we continue to seek Jesus with all our heart and strive to live our lives in the light of his resurrection.

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Monday Conversation: The Disciple’s Path – Repentance. Catholic Inspiration

Christ calls us to repent of our sins and turn to Him.  This 45 minute presentation outlines some of the ways we embrace repentance as an ongoing part of our conversion of heart as we draw closer to God and one another.  Given at a Parish Mission at St. Anthony Abbot Catholic Church on March 11, 2018.

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For a copy of the handout that accompanied this presentation click here: Repentance


3rd Sunday of Lent: Cleaning House!

Study:  What needs to be cleaned up in your life?  What “messes” require care and attention?

Pray: Invite the Lord into your heart and ask him for the grace and strength to cast out what does not belong.

Serve:  How can you help someone clean up a part of their life?

Pastoral Note: The 3rd, 4th, and 5th Sundays of Lent provide an option for using the “Year A” readings at Mass for the RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) process, but for those who follow the usual cycle (this year it is “Year B”) the reflection is offered below.

Mass Readings – 3rd Sunday of Lent

About this time of year I start getting the itch to dig and clean out old items around the house. I start in those areas where things usually pile up, namely – CLOSETS! (You know, those places where we throw things that we are not sure if we need…)

I pull them out and ask a simple question, “Have I touched this in the last two years? Have I needed it, used it, thought about it? Or can I get rid of it?”
Sometimes we hold on to items (clothes for example) that we simply do not need. We do not use them, and they occupy and clutter space that takes away from other things. Since I am not generally a pack rat, I find this time of year refreshing; it is a way that I can simplify my life and focus on what I think is important.

In John’s Gospel we see Jesus doing his sort of house cleaning. Entering into the temple with a whip of cords, he systematically drives out those who are treating the temple like a marketplace. It is a rare glimpse of the Lord’s anger, and it reminds us of his passion and zeal for the House of God.

Yet we are reminded that buildings are not the only temples where God resides. St. Paul tells us in 1 Corinthians 3:16 “Do you not know that you are God’s temple, and that God’s Spirit dwells in you?” If the Lord was willing to drive out inappropriate behavior from the temple in Jerusalem, what will he drive out when he enters the temple of our hearts?

To help us, God provided the Commandments – that we might avoid the very things that harm us.  The first reading today proclaims these commandments, reminding us that God has provided a path to help us on our journey through life.  What’s more, these commandments reveal with swift clarity what is does not belong; they point out the very sins that can keep us from the Lord and one another.

In our moments of honesty we know that there are elements that need to be cast out. Sin is a part of our human condition, and all of us have fallen short of God’s grace in our thoughts, words, and deeds. We know that if the Lord were to come into our hearts he would discover secrets and fears that keep us from God and one another.

The point, however, is that God has come! The Lord Jesus, through his death and resurrection, comes through the Holy Spirit into our world. His victory over sin and death give us hope that we may have eternal life. We need not fear the darkness in our hearts; we can offer it to the light of Christ.

The Scriptures tell us that we are a temple. Experience tells us that within this temple there is sin. Yet faith tells us that not only will Jesus come driving out evil, but he will make a place to dwell there within our hearts. You see, it’s his house, too.

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Note: This post was first published on March 2, 2015.


Daily Mass: Looking for signs from the Lord. Catholic Inspiration

It’s human nature to be looking for a sign from God – guiding our actions and helping us to see the right path.  Jesus teaches in the gospel of Luke that we  don’t need any more signs…we have the Lord!  The task now?  To put our faith into practice.

Mass Readings – Wednesday of the 1st Week of Lent

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