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The Baptism of the Lord

Catholic Inspiration

Release Date: 01/11/2015

Daily Mass: God gives us strength to face opposition and hardship show art Daily Mass: God gives us strength to face opposition and hardship

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Jesus makes it clear to the Apostles that they will encounter hardship and struggle, but they will be given the grace to face it with faith. (Lectionary #387) July 12, 2024 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI Fr. Andrew Ricci -  

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Jesus instructs the Twelve Apostles about what they are to do and how they are to trust in God's providence along the way. (Lectionary #386) July 11, 2024 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI Fr. Andrew Ricci -  

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Daily Mass: The Lord summons, empowers and sends us forth in his service show art Daily Mass: The Lord summons, empowers and sends us forth in his service

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Having modeled his ministry for the disciples, Jesus summons, empowers, and sends the Twelve Apostles to put into practice his example. (Lectionary #385) July 10, 2024 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI Fr. Andrew Ricci -  

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Daily Mass: We experience the Lord's power and compassion show art Daily Mass: We experience the Lord's power and compassion

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Jesus carries out his earthly ministry among crowds of people and reveals his compassionate heart in the process.  (Lectionary #384) July 9, 2024 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI Fr. Andrew Ricci -  

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Daily Mass: The Lord is gracious and merciful show art Daily Mass: The Lord is gracious and merciful

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Psalm 145 reveals that on one hand God is majestic and awesome, while on the other hand approachable and tender.  (Lectionary #383) July 8, 2024 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI Fr. Andrew Ricci -  

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Let's examine some of the themes that we discover in the Mass readings for the 15th Sunday of the Year. (Lectionary - Year B, #104) July 8, 2024 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI Fr. Andrew Ricci -  

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14th Sunday of the Year: We give witness to God, especially when times are tough show art 14th Sunday of the Year: We give witness to God, especially when times are tough

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Both Ezekiel and Jesus are in situations that are hostile and tense, reminding us that sometimes we are called to give witness to God when it is tough and uncomfortable. (Lectionary - Year B, #101) July 7, 2024 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI Fr. Andrew Ricci -  

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Psalm 85 addresses the deep longing for peace in our hearts.  (Lectionary #382) July 6, 2024 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI Fr. Andrew Ricci -  

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Matthew swiftly responds to the simple and direct invitation of Jesus, inspiring us to follow the Lord's call each and every day. (Lectionary #381) July 5, 2024 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI Fr. Andrew Ricci -  

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The Lord heals a paralytic who was carried by others, reminding us that sometimes we receive help, and sometimes we give it. (Lectionary #380) July 4, 2024 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI Fr. Andrew Ricci -  

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Water is an essential element here on Earth - capable of death and life. 

  • Death: the destructive force of a flood, or the cleansing power to remove filth
  • Life: crucial for physical life, and capable of peace & serenity in our souls

The Baptism of the Lord was a moment that transforms and empowers all baptisms - configuring the newly baptized to Jesus Christ.  His death on the Cross destroys our sin and death; his resurrection opens the doors of Heaven for our eternal life.

Today, what sin and/or temptation needs to be destroyed by the grace of Baptism?  What virtues and abilities need to be nourished by the Lord's saving power that comes to us through our Baptism?

January 11, 2015 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

Fr. Andrew Ricci

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