Walking with the Lord in Holy Week - Presentation #1 - Palm Sunday
Release Date: 03/23/2015
As Jesus sends out the 72 disciples, he empowers them to carry on his earthly mission. Their efforts inspire us to consider how the Lord directs and sends us out into the world to offer our lives today. July 3, 2022 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI Fr. Andrew Ricci -info_outline Daily Mass: The Lord speaks of peace to his people
Psalm 85 offers a beautiful reflection on the serenity that comes from the Lord; a peace that our world is in short supply of today. May we pray for peace! July 2, 2022 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI Fr. Andrew Ricci -info_outline Daily Mass: Responding to the Lord's call
The call of Matthew inspires us to reflect on how the Lord invites us to follow him in our lives today. July 1, 2022 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI Fr. Andrew Ricci -info_outline Daily Mass: Our sins are forgiven
With a simple phrase Jesus heals both body and soul, revealing not only his power to save but also our need to receive his mercy with an open mind and heart. June 30, 2022 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI Fr. Andrew Ricci -info_outline St. Peter and St. Paul
They are two of the brightest lights in the communion of Saints, yet these very sinful, fallible men can inspire us to follow their example as we turn away from our past sins and embrace a future guided by the grace of Jesus Christ. June 29, 2022 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI Fr. Andrew Ricci -info_outline Daily Mass: Why are we terrified?
As Jesus calms the storm - and the disciples fears - we recognize our need to call up on the Lord for those times when we are caught up in terror, anxiety and fear. June 28, 2022 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI Fr. Andrew Ricci -info_outline Daily Mass: Following Jesus, Part II: the cost of discipleship
Matthew's Gospel echoes the reading we heard from Luke yesterday, underscoring the point that as his disciples we place Jesus at the center of our lives. June 27, 2022 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI Fr. Andrew Ricci -info_outline Study, Pray, Serve: 14th Sunday of the Year
Here are some of the main themes in the readings for the 14th Sunday of the Year. June 27, 2022 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI Fr. Andrew Ricci -info_outline 13th Sunday of the Year: Following Jesus
It's one thing to say "I follow Jesus" and other thing to actually do it. May Luke's Gospel inspire us to trust the Lord as we put our faith into practice. June 26, 2022 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI Fr. Andrew Ricci -info_outline The Immaculate Heart of Mary
The feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary offers us an opportunity to reflect on the extreme range of emotions she encountered, particularly sorrow. The Blessed Mother had many experiences to ponder in her heart; may her intercession lead us to the Cross of her Son. June 25, 2022 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI Fr. Andew Ricci -info_outline
This is the 1st of four presentations given at a Parish Mission on March 9-12, 2015 for Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Church in Green Valley, Arizona.
This presentation sets the stage of Holy Week by discussing several key points:
- Passover - the feast celebrating the deliverance of the people of Israel from their bondage in Egypt
- Sabbath - the "7th Day" of the week (Saturday) which is dedicated to the Lord, beginning on sundown on Friday and running through sundown on Saturday
- Temple - the great structure, a holy place sacred to the Jews but also a lightning rod for political unrest against foreign rule
- Roman Empire - controlling the unstable region for its strategic position in commerce and military rule, constantly on the watch for rebellion and instability
- Jesus of Nazareth - the great teacher, healer, and prophet - the Son of God who initiates the encounter, knows what will happen, and embraces his mission (like a firefighter who runs toward the danger, not away)
March 9, 2015 - Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Church - Green Valley, AZ
Fr. Andrew Ricci
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