"Walking with the Lord in Holy Week - Presentation #3 - Good Friday
Release Date: 03/25/2015
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 3rd 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.
Carrying his Cross for the salvation of the world, the Lord reveals two key insights for Christians:
SACRIFICE - giving up something for the sake of something more important - becomes self evident as the Lord offers his life as a perfect offering. Innocent and without sin, he takes our place and helps us to recognize our own sacrifices as a participation in his Cross.
SUPPORT appears when we look at two familiar figures in the Stations of the Cross - Simon of Cyrene and Veronica. We read about Simon in the Scriptures, and Veronica has been a part of the tradition of this devotional prayer for centuries; both of them show that even the smallest of actions proclaims the value of human life in our relationships with one another. Running toward suffering and sacrifice, we can (like a Firefighter) be agents in great and small ways for compassion, mercy, and tenderness.
March 11, 2015 - Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Church - Green Valley, AZ
Fr. Andrew Ricci
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