Walking with the Lord in Holy Week - Presentation #4 - Easter
Release Date: 03/17/2015
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.info_outline Daily Mass: On the journey with Jesus
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.info_outline Daily Mass: Faith, forgiveness and love
Jesus teaches about faith, forgiveness and love as a weeping woman anoints his feet in the home of a Pharisee.info_outline Our Lady of Sorrows
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.info_outline The Exaltation of the Holy Cross
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!info_outline Daily Mass: An example of great faith in Jesus
A Roman centurion displays extraordinary faith in the Lord when he approaches Jesus for a healing request.info_outline Study, Pray, Serve: 25th Sunday of the Year
Here are some of the main themes that surface in the readings for the 25th Sunday of the Year.info_outline 24th Sunday of the Year: Take up your Cross
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.info_outline Daily Mass: The Lord is the rock on which we build our lives
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.info_outline Daily Mass: Removing the splinters from our eyes
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.info_outline
This is the 4th 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.
The power of the Resurrection and subsequent outpouring of the Holy Spirit transforms the disciples - they have encountered the Risen Lord and no longer fear sin and death. Rather, they engage the world with Good News and share the gift of their lives with power and joy. This transformation must always be understood through the double lens of the Cross/Resurrection; only with a clear understanding of the sacrifice of Christ can we begin to truly appreciate the gift of Eternal Life. Two key concepts surface:
- Sunrise...of Hope!
Our STRENGTH comes from the Lord. Through our daily encounter with Christ through prayer and sacrament we our empowered to choose our attitude and seek opportunities to live our faith in the unique and precious moments of each day.
Furthermore, the Good News of Christ leads to a SUNRISE of HOPE. We recognize that our personal witness is most authentic when our lives exude the hope and joy that come from Christ's resurrection. Guided by the Fruits of the Spirit, we can honestly look within our hearts and cast out anything that keeps us from God and one another.
March 12, 2015 - Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Church - Green Valley, AZ
Fr. Andrew Ricci
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