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Walking with the Lord in Holy Week - Presentation #1 - Palm Sunday

Catholic Inspiration

Release Date: 03/23/2015

Daily Mass: A parable explained show art Daily Mass: A parable explained

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The parable of the sower is one of the few that Jesus explains. As we listen today, may we cultivate good soil in our hearts to receive the Lord's words and tend a fruitful harvest.

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Daily Mass: On the journey with Jesus show art Daily Mass: On the journey with Jesus

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This short passage from the Gospel of Luke names some of the women who accompanied Jesus along with the Twelve Apostles, inspiring us to ask if we are ready to travel with the Lord today.

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Daily Mass: Faith, forgiveness and love show art Daily Mass: Faith, forgiveness and love

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Jesus teaches about faith, forgiveness and love as a weeping woman anoints his feet in the home of a Pharisee.

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The sorrow of Mary as she stood faithfully before the Cross of Christ helps us to engage our grief. When we acknowledge our sorrows, we call upon the saving strength of Jesus to pass through our pain into healing joy.

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The Exaltation of the Holy Cross show art The Exaltation of the Holy Cross

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This feast concentrates our attention on the instrument of our salvation, as we thank the Lord who offered himself as the perfect sacrifice that restores us to right relationship with God. May we gaze upon the Cross of Christ with grateful hearts each and every day!

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Daily Mass: An example of great faith in Jesus show art Daily Mass: An example of great faith in Jesus

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A Roman centurion displays extraordinary faith in the Lord when he approaches Jesus for a healing request.

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Study, Pray, Serve: 25th Sunday of the Year show art Study, Pray, Serve: 25th Sunday of the Year

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Here are some of the main themes that surface in the readings for the 25th Sunday of the Year.

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24th Sunday of the Year: Take up your Cross show art 24th Sunday of the Year: Take up your Cross

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Jesus makes it clear that to follow him means that we will carry a cross. As we confront whatever is hard and difficult in our lives today, may we open our hearts to God's grace at work within us...trusting that the one who was victorious over his cross will transform our own as well.

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Daily Mass: The Lord is the rock on which we build our lives show art Daily Mass: The Lord is the rock on which we build our lives

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When our words and actions follow the teaching of Jesus Christ, we find our lives are built on a rock solid foundation that withstands the storms of life.

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Daily Mass: Removing the splinters from our eyes show art Daily Mass: Removing the splinters from our eyes

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Jesus offers sound wisdom. Before we can point out the "splinters" in someone's eye, we need to take care of our own! This is not just about physical sight, but it applies to the spiritual obstacles that prevent us from seeing God's grace at work in our hearts.

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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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