Daily Reflections on the Readings for Mass

Jesus Cooked Breakfast for His Disciples

Filed in Catholic Church, Death, Easter, God, Jesus Christ on April 25, 2014
Jesus Cooked Breakfast for His Disciples

Wasn’t the gospel reading today, just beautiful?  Jesus’s disciples had been fishing all night and didn’t catch any fish and it was already morning, when a man called to them from the beach.  He asked them if they had caught anything?  When they answered no they hadn’t caught anything, he told them to cast their […]

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Peace Be With You

Filed in Catholic Church, Death, Easter, God, Holy Spirit, Jesus Christ on April 24, 2014
Peace Be With You

The readings for mass today are about two miracles that the people had trouble accepting were real. The first reading from the Book of Acts is about the crippled man from the beautiful gate that Peter and John cured. Everyone rushed up to question the apostles in amazement at what had happened and treated Peter […]

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Disciples on the Way to Emmaus

Disciples on the Way to Emmaus

Peter and John were walking to the temple to pray in the first reading for mass today, and in the gospel reading, two of Jesus’s disciples were on their way to Emmaus.  There were no solitary Christians in either reading for mass today, and for good reason.  Our faith is meant to be shared with […]

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The Resurrection of the Lord

Filed in Easter, Holy Week, Jesus Christ on April 22, 2014
The Resurrection of the Lord

Out of all the scriptures passages in the bible, the gospel reading today is the most beautiful and powerful words that have ever been written. They are also the most important words that have ever been recorded in all of human history.  Today’s gospel is the very foundation of Christianity as we know it.  Everything […]

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Christ’s Disciples Testified to The Truth

Filed in Easter on April 21, 2014
Christ’s Disciples Testified to The Truth

There is such a beautiful scripture verse today, in the first reading for mass, “But God raised him up, releasing him from the throes of death, because it was impossible for him to be held by it.”  Isn’t that awesome?  Death didn’t stand a chance against the Lord Jesus.  The whole reading from the Acts […]

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Easter Sunday

Filed in Death, Easter, Forgiveness, Holy Week, Jesus Christ, Popular Posts on April 20, 2014
Easter Sunday

What a joyful day it is today!  The darkness of the winter is gone and the gloom of Good Friday is behind us.  Today is a wonderful day to spend celebrating Christ’s love for us.  Jesus Christ is risen from the dead!  This is our Easter joy.  Pope John Paul II once said that, “We […]

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Easter Vigil Reflection

Filed in Baptism, Catholic Church, Death, Easter, God, Holy Spirit, Holy Week, Jesus Christ on April 19, 2014
Easter Vigil Reflection

The Easter Vigil Mass is the most important Mass in the Catholic Church.  Catholics throughout the entire world will celebrate this most holiest of nights, in union with Jesus Christ, and with all of their brothers and sisters in Christ throughout the world.  We welcome our new members into the Catholic church during this Mass […]

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Holy Saturday

Holy Saturday

There is almost nothing written in the scriptures about the day after Christ died. The gospels of Mark, Luke and John do not say anything at all about the day after Jesus Christ died. There are no masses in the Catholic church during the day today.  The Eucharist has been removed from all the tabernacles […]

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Good Friday Reflection

Filed in Catholic Church, Death, God, Holy Week, Jesus Christ, Mary, Old Testament on April 18, 2014
Good Friday Reflection

How difficult it is to even begin to think about the passion of our Lord Jesus Christ.  Words sometimes fail us. If someone who was not a Christian asked us to explain what Christ’s suffering and death on the cross meant to us, it would be difficult to put it into words.  Our emotions well […]

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Holy Thursday

Filed in Holy Week, Jesus Christ, Serve on April 17, 2014
Holy Thursday

In today’s first reading from the book of Exodus, God gave instructions to Moses and Aaron on how to prepare His people for the passover.  They were to slaughter a one year old lamb and put some of it’s blood on their doorposts and the lintel of their homes, to identify them as God ‘s […]

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Thirty Pieces of Silver

Filed in Apostles, Holy Week, Jesus Christ, Popular Posts on April 16, 2014
Thirty Pieces of Silver

If the gospel reading for mass today sounds familiar, it is because we had the same reading for mass yesterday, except that it was from the gospel of John.  These two accounts of Judas’ betrayal are very similar but with slight differences.  This is one of the reasons that the gospels give valid testimony to […]

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Preparations for the Holy Triduum

Filed in Catholic Church, Holy Week, Jesus Christ, Popular Posts on April 15, 2014
Preparations for the Holy Triduum

“Hear me, O islands, listen, O distant peoples.”  These words from the first reading for mass today are so appropriate for all of us, because our fellow Catholics throughout the world are reflecting on God’s word too, as we prepare for the Holy Triduum.  We aren’t quite there yet.  Good Friday and Easter Sunday could […]

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Mary Anointed the Feet of Jesus

Filed in Jesus Christ, Popular Posts, Women of the Bible on April 14, 2014
Mary Anointed the Feet of Jesus

The scriptures from the old testament are often fulfilled in the new, and this is especially true in today’s first reading from the prophet Isaiah, when God said, “Here is my servant whom I uphold”.  God also said, in today’s first reading “this is my chosen one with whom I am pleased, upon whom I […]

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Palm Sunday: The Passion of Jesus Christ

Filed in Death, Holy Week, Jesus Christ, Love on April 13, 2014
Palm Sunday: The Passion of Jesus Christ

Jesus was put to death because he claimed to be the son of God, and he is, this is Christ’s divinity. However, who could read the scriptures today and not feel Christ’s humanity? Jesus is the savior of the world, but he is also our friend. Jesus told us in another gospel that we were […]

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Jesus Draws All People To Himself

Filed in Catholic Church on April 12, 2014 2 Comments
Jesus Draws All People To Himself

The readings for mass today speak of unity, not division. In the first reading from the book of the prophet Ezekiel, God says he wants to heal his people from their sins and divisions and make of them a single nation. “I will make them one nation upon the land…and there shall be one prince […]

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Where to Find Solace When You are Hurting

Filed in Catholic Church, God, Holy Spirit, Jesus Christ, Prayer, Prophets on April 11, 2014
Where to Find Solace When You are Hurting

The readings for mass today are short, but painful. I’m sure most of us can relate to the words in all three of the readings for mass today. These words have probably been true for us as well, at some point in our lives even if it was a childhood experience. Children can be so […]

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