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.
Fr. Andrew’s Presentation Podcast #1 – Palm Sunday (32 minutes)
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)