The Baptism of the Lord
Release Date: 01/11/2015
The Holy Spirit comes upon the disciples, empowering and transforming them with grace. May we call upon the gift of the Spirit in our lives today, embracing the gifts we have received and sharing them in the world.info_outline Daily Mass: Finishing one chapter to begin another
As we finish our Easter readings from the Acts of the Apostles, we see how both Peter and Paul commit their lives to the Lord. As a chapter of their lives comes to an end, they point us to the beginning of our final destination: eternal life!info_outline Daily Mass: What we can control when we can't control anything
St. Peter and St. Paul remain true to the Lord even though they will be imprisoned and killed. May their example inspire us to choose Christ when all other choices have been taken away.info_outline Daily Mass: Our union with the Lord gives us strength
The contrast between the unity that Christ prays for and the uproar around St. Paul reveals our constant need to seek out ways to grow closer together through the love of God.info_outline Daily Mass: To live our faith with all our heart
St. Paul's farewell expresses his heartfelt commitment to the people of Ephesus - heart and mind, body and soul - as he gave them his very best during his three years among them.info_outline Daily Mass: Our crosses come in many shapes and sizes
St. Paul speaks plainly about the imprisonment and hardships that await him, yet his courage to face his Cross inspires us to pick up our own.info_outline Daily Mass: We work together with the Holy Spirit
Paul and Apollos both had important tasks to do at different times and different cities; our lives uniquely build up the Body of Christ when we offer our lives and call upon the Holy Spirit for guidance.info_outline The Ascension of the Lord
The feast of the Ascension teaches us key spiritual insights about ourselves and the Lord. May this day inspire us to embrace our faith - strengthened by Christ - as we face our own challenges and grow in God's grace.info_outline Daily Mass: We've all got work to do in God's vineyard
As St. Paul's missionary activity expands, we hear how new people are drawn into greater roles and responsibilities, including Aquila, Priscilla and Apollos. Question: how is God calling each of us today?info_outline Daily Mass: Do not be afraid!
How important it is for us to hear the words "Do not be afraid!" As St. Paul was encouraged to let go of fear, we are also directed to live our faith in the face of every trial.info_outline
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