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Daily Mass: What will it be like in the resurrection? Catholic Inspiration

Jesus tells us that we will be like the angels in the resurrection. While the magnitude and beauty of eternal life is beyond our wildest imagination, we get a glimpse in some of the sweetest moments of our earthly experiences.

Mass Readings – Saturday of the 33rd Week of the Year

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32nd Sunday of the Year: The power of the resurrection. Catholic Inspiration

As disciples of Jesus Christ, we anchor our hope in a simple fact: Christ has been raised from the dead. The Lord’s triumph over sin and death fundamentally alters the universe and we have hope of eternal life. May the power of the resurrection direct every aspect of our lives!

Mass Readings – 32nd Sunday of the Year

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32nd Sunday of the Year: Matters of life and death.

Study: What comes to mind when you think of Heaven?  Have you or someone you know ever had a near-death experience?  How does thinking of Heaven shape how you live your life?

Pray: Is there something that is keeping you away from God?  Take time to pray and consider receiving the Sacrament of Confession.

Serve:  Are there any tasks that you have neglected that would cause hardship to others if you died suddenly?  What steps can you take to make sure that you are ready when the Lord calls you home?

Mass Readings – 32nd Sunday of the Year

Both the 1st Reading and the Gospel point to the resurrection of the dead.  In the Second Book of Maccabees we hear how those who are tortured for their faith find hope in the resurrection to eternal life, and in the Gospel of Luke Jesus teaches the Sadducees that the dead will rise.

To talk about heaven is not some sort of “pie in the sky” thinking.  We look to this world – where we experience birth, life and death – as a pilgrim progress.  We are travelers passing through, confident that there is more to the journey when death comes our way.

This understanding of the resurrection of the dead is thus both a consolation and a challenge.  As a consolation we have hope!  We seek to love and know the Lord in this life so that we are prepared to be with him forever in heaven.  Life on earth leads to the eternal; we find that our longings in this world point toward a fulfillment that comes in the next chapter of our story.

Yet the challenge is also real.  Will we be prepared at the hour of our death?  Will we look upon the face of Jesus with love, or will shame, fear, sin and vice drive us away?  For in the end all will be fully known: either we will run to the Lord to seek his mercy for our sins, or we will run away because we see our sins as insurmountable obstacles.

The Church Fathers used the image of Holy Fire as a fitting example.  When we are called from this life we will stand before the burning fire of God’s love.  The elect will draw near to this fire for warmth (and very possibly) a cleansing that burns away all impurities.  The damned will simply burn up…unable to receive the mercy and grace.  Why?  Because they did not acknowledge their sins and accept God’s mercy and forgiveness during their journey on earth.

As we head toward the end of the Liturgical Year and the Extraordinary Year of Mercy, I invite all of us to ponder life, death and resurrection – seeking the Lord’s saving grace in this life so that we are prepared to meet Jesus Christ in the eternal life to come.

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Note: This post was first published on October 31, 2016.

The Last Judgment, Michelangelo, 1536-1541, Sistine Chapel, Rome.  Photo credit: Dennis Jarvis.


Daily Mass: I tell you, arise! Catholic Inspiration

The encounter between Jesus and the widow reveals the compassion and power of the Lord.  Christ continues to reach out to us with this same loving grace and urges us to rise up in newness of life.

Mass Readings – Tuesday of the 24th Week of the Year

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Daily Mass: Christ is our hope! Catholic Inspiration

As Jesus speaks to Nicodemus we discover that our hope in Christ gives us the strength we need for our earthly journey.  Whatever challenges we encounter in this life, we look to the Lord’s victory over sin and death to guide us to Heaven.

Mass Readings – Tuesday of the 2nd Week of Easter

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Daily Mass: The Risen Lord appears to disciples. Catholic Inspiration

Mark’s Gospel offers three different occasions where the Risen Lord appeared to fourteen disciples: Mary Magdalene, Two on the road to Emmaus and the Eleven Apostles.  In these encounters we see our own human need for the time and effort necessary to grow in our faith.

Mass Readings – Saturday of the Octave of Easter

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Daily Mass: St. Peter is transformed. Catholic Inspiration

The first reading reveals the transformation to St. Peter as the resurrection of Christ takes hold of his heart.  Casting aside doubt and fear, Peter proclaims the Good News in the face of persecution and trial…reminding us that as disciples we can draw upon the same strength today.

Mass Readings – Friday of the Octave of Easter

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