Fr. Andrew Ricci offers inspirational homilies and talks to help people grow in faith. These reflections are part of his meditations at Three Great Things where we grow as disciples of the Lord through Study, Prayer, and Service.
info_outline Daily Mass: A lack of faith keeps us from Christ 07/30/2021
Daily Mass: A lack of faith keeps us from Christ The lack of faith on the part of the people of Nazareth limited their ability to receive the Good News. It's an important lesson for us all: may we grow in faith so that we can grow in God's grace!
info_outline Daily Mass: Christ's friendship with Martha, Mary and Lazarus 07/29/2021
Daily Mass: Christ's friendship with Martha, Mary and Lazarus The feast of Saints Martha, Mary and Lazarus offers an opportunity to reflect on their friendship with Jesus, inviting us all to consider how we might foster our friendship with the Lord as we grow in faith and love.
info_outline Daily Mass: Moses is transformed by God's presence 07/28/2021
Daily Mass: Moses is transformed by God's presence Moses becomes radiant through his encounter with God. The image helps us understand how the more we dwell upon Lord's presence in our lives, the more we are transformed...for the good!
info_outline Daily Mass: Turning away from false idols 07/26/2021
Daily Mass: Turning away from false idols Moses returns from the mountain and finds that the people are now worshipping a golden calf. After destroying the image, Moses intercedes on behalf of the people - asking God to pardon their sin.
info_outline 17th Sunday of the Year: An example of giving and receiving 07/25/2021
17th Sunday of the Year: An example of giving and receiving Christ nourishes body and soul as he feeds the 5000 following his time teaching and healing. As the crowd's hunger is satisfied with the Lord's abundance, we gain spiritual insight into how we generously give and gratefully receive the blessings of life.
info_outline Daily Mass: The Ten Commandments 07/23/2021
Daily Mass: The Ten Commandments The Ten Commandments have been a source of profound insight for thousands of years, guiding both spiritual and cultural precepts for human hearts. May we put this teaching into practice today, directing our lives in service for the Lord.
info_outline Daily Mass: The Feast of St. Mary Magdalene 07/22/2021
Daily Mass: The Feast of St. Mary Magdalene St. Mary Magdalene is the first person to meet the Risen Lord. Her life - a testament to God's grace - inspires us to confront our own weaknesses and draw strength from the healing love of Christ.
info_outline Daily Mass: God feeds the people with quail and manna 07/21/2021
Daily Mass: God feeds the people with quail and manna Hungry and grumbling, the people complain to Moses that they will die in the wilderness without food. The response? God feeds them with quail and manna.
info_outline Daily Mass: God guides the people through the midst of the sea 07/20/2021
Daily Mass: God guides the people through the midst of the sea As Moses stretches out his hand, God swept back the sea so that the people could pass through on dry ground; just as quickly, the waters covered Pharaoh's army and saved the children of Israel.
info_outline Daily Mass: Pharaoh's army pursues the people of Israel 07/19/2021
Daily Mass: Pharaoh's army pursues the people of Israel Today's first reading shows how Pharaoh pursued the Hebrews after they left Egypt. Despite the fear of the people, God promises to defend them in their moment of need.
info_outline 16th Sunday of the Year: Shepherds and Sheep 07/18/2021
16th Sunday of the Year: Shepherds and Sheep The time honored words of Psalm 23 have inspired and sustained countless souls throughout salvation history. The images of shepherds and sheep continue to offer insight today as we consider how our faith in Jesus Christ challenges us at times to lead and follow .
info_outline Daily Mass: The departure from Egypt 07/17/2021
Daily Mass: The departure from Egypt As the people of Israel begin their journey out of Egypt they will experience the awkward sense of being unsettled as they make the transition from slavery to freedom. Transitions are part of our experience, and this passage from Exodus invites us to trust in the Lord as we face the uncertainty of life.
info_outline Daily Mass: The Passover Meal sets the context for the Eucharist 07/16/2021
Daily Mass: The Passover Meal sets the context for the Eucharist Today's reading from Exodus reveals how the Lord directed the Passover Meal to Moses and Aaron. This passage thus establishes the Passover as a central part of Jewish prayer which will ultimately set the context for the Eucharist. It was during a Passover Meal with his disciples that Jesus offers the New Covenant through his Body and Blood...which frees us from the bondage of sin and leads us to eternal life.
info_outline Daily Mass: God speaks to Moses about the promised land 07/15/2021
Daily Mass: God speaks to Moses about the promised land As God speaks to Moses about his task in Egypt, the Lord refers to a land that shall be given to the people of Israel after they have been liberated from slavery...a land flowing of milk and honey.
info_outline Daily Mass: The burning bush and the call of Moses 07/14/2021
Daily Mass: The burning bush and the call of Moses Moses stands on holy ground in the sight of the burning bush and has an encounter with God, who commands him to return to Egypt. The awkward response of Moses prompts us to reflect on how we have experienced the Lord in our lives and consider what challenging situations we need to address today.
info_outline Daily Mass: Setting the stage for the life of Moses 07/13/2021
Daily Mass: Setting the stage for the life of Moses Todays' first reading explores the early life of Moses, from his birth to his flight in Midian. The passage also reveals the pattern of conflict that often persists in human life.
info_outline Daily Mass: Slavery and Sin in the Book of Exodus 07/12/2021
Daily Mass: Slavery and Sin in the Book of Exodus For the next three weeks we will encounter the key elements that surface from the Book of Exodus, which offers an encounter of freedom from the bondage of slavery that is crucial for both Jewish and Christian prayer.
info_outline 15th Sunday of the Year: We are chosen and sent by God 07/11/2021
15th Sunday of the Year: We are chosen and sent by God The readings today reveal how God chooses and empowers us so that we might offer our lives for service in the world. Everyday the Lord invites...how will we respond?
info_outline Daily Mass: The cost of discipleship 07/09/2021
Daily Mass: The cost of discipleship Having empowered the Apostles with his authority, Jesus expresses the cost of their discipleship. What's at stake is the Cross...the looming reality that following Christ means that we offer our lives completely for the Lord.
info_outline Daily Mass: The work of the Apostles 07/08/2021
Daily Mass: The work of the Apostles Having been chosen by Christ, the Twelve are now commissioned to do specific ministry in the name of Jesus. May we take to heart their example and actively seek our opportunities to serve the Lord today.