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12th Sunday of the Year: God’s grace casts out sin and evil. Catholic Inspiration

Mass Readings – 12th Sunday of the Year

The Scriptures make it clear that the darkness of sin and evil touches the landscape of human life.  Yet our faith proclaims that God’s grace is greater than the darkness, which is cast out by the light of Jesus Christ.

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Daily Mass: The Lord’s Prayer. Catholic Inspiration

Mass Readings – Thursday of the 11th Week of the Year

The Lord’s Prayer is a powerful tool for the Christian life.  At 55 words this gift from Jesus provides us with key insights about how we follow the Lord with all our heart.  Pray it today; pray it frequently!

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Daily Mass: Love your enemies. Catholic Inspiration

Mass Readings – Tuesday of the 11th Week of the Year

“Love your enemies” may be one of the toughest teachings of Jesus.  Sometimes to seek the best in those who are opposed to us is possible only through the grace of God.  If that’s the case, then today is a good day to pray for that grace!

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12th Sunday of the Year: God’s grace in the darkness of evil.

Study: Consider a time when you had to confront evil.  How did your faith in Christ give you strength?

Pray: Is there a difficult situation in your life right now?  Ask the Lord for wisdom and guidance.

Serve:  Do you know someone who is struggling right now?  How can you offer support?

Mass Readings – 12th Sunday of the Year

The readings this Sunday all come with an edge to them, signifying that there’s a lot at stake in a life of faith.  Take a look:

  • 1st Reading – Jeremiah praises the Lord even as he recognizes the evil of others.
  • Psalm – “Lord, in your great love answer me.”
  • 2nd Reading – Sin and death came through Adam; grace and peace come through Jesus Christ.
  • Gospel – The Lord will acknowledge those who acknowledge Him, and he will deny those who deny him.

These readings address the reality of sin and evil in our world.  We know this reality through our experience, and whether through our own actions or the actions of others we recognize that the human heart has the capacity for sin.

Yet we also recognize that God’s grace is greater than the darkness.  This is why Christ came into the world!  Through the Lord’s cross and resurrection we have hope to call upon Heaven for the strength, courage and wisdom we need to face the challenges of life.

Have we sinned?  Then we seek reconciliation and forgiveness.  Have we been wounded by wickedness and evil?  Then we call upon the Lord’s grace.

The triumph of Jesus Christ inspires us to follow the example of Jeremiah and Paul – acknowledging the Lord in this world so that we can be with Him in the next!

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Daily Mass: A treasure in earthen vessels

Mass Readings – Friday of the 10th Week of the Year

Our human lives are filled with contrasts: on one hand we are fragile “earthen vessels” that can crack and break; on the other hand, we have been given the treasure of Jesus Christ – who heals, saves and renews our lives.

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Pentecost: The Power of the Holy Spirit. Catholic Inspiration

Mass Readings – Pentecost Day

Like a power tool, our lives come alive with the power of the Holy Spirit when we:

  1. Stay connected to Christ
  2. Live each day with conviction
  3. Recognize the unique contributions of one another

Come Holy Spirit!  Fill our hearts with the fire of your love!

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Daily Mass: Guided by the Holy Spirit. Catholic Inspiration

Mass Readings – Wednesday of the 6th Week of Easter

The Lord promises us the Holy Spirit, who will guide us in truth.  What challenges are you facing today?  Call upon the Holy Spirit for the guidance you need!

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