"Be perfect like your heavenly Father is perfect." Basically, be holy. In Catholicism, we use the word "holy" for a variety of different aspects of the Faith. This can cause us to lose sight of its true meaning. Listen to Richaél Lucero draw you back God's meaning of holiness—to be set apart. She uses scriptures from the Old and New Testament, customs from the Early Church, and lives of the saints to illustrate what it means for you to be holy today.
Tag: Old Testament
The Passion of Christ in Psalm 22
"My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?" Some of Jesus' last words on the Cross. Why those words? The answer lies in Psalm 22. Richaél Lucero gives a run through of this prophetic Psalm. Listen and hear how it parallels the Passion of Christ with eerie detail. You'll also learn the answer to the pressing question: why did Jesus speak those words on the Cross? And was he communicating a bigger message?
The New Covenant Fulfilled: The Last Supper & Crucifixion
God prepared the Israelites for the Eucharistic covenant through his prophets. Look at the Last Supper and Crucifixion with Richaél Lucero. You'll learn how they fulfill God's promises given through the prophets. And what this new covenant in Jesus’ blood means for us today.
Covenants: Expanded God’s Family & Perfected by Jesus
The covenants of salvation history are more connected than they seem. First, God strategically grew his family from a marriage to an international Church through the covenants. And second, every covenant was fulfilled by Jesus. Listen to week eight of our salvation history series as Richaél Lucero points out the main ways Jesus did this. You'll also follow the growth of God's family in the Old Testament through the covenants.
Jesus and the Eucharist Foretold by the Prophets
Today we begin to explore the final covenant in salvation history—Jesus. Review prophets like Isaiah, Jeremiah, and Ezekiel with Richaél Lucero. They reveal a covenant that is not confined to Jesus the God-man or his Passion and death. But includes the events in the Upper Room on Holy Thursday and the height of the Divine Liturgy we celebrate every Sunday—the Eucharist. You'll also learn why this covenant was foretold as a *new, everlasting, covenant of peace.*
David and Trickle Down Blessing
King David is in the hot seat this week—week six of our series on salvation history. He's the most important figure in the Old Testament. David's "a man after God's own heart" after all. His life had many triumphs and some big falls. But of these vignettes, do we recall the covenant God made with him? Or that he was the first to live the role of Son of God since Adam—we're talking since creation here? Listen as Richaél Lucero answers these questions and more. Like, what about the blessing that came with being the Son of God and who it's supposed to benefit?
Moses, Idolatry, and Interior Slavery
Week five of our series on salvation history is here. And Moses is our man. I say Moses, you say? Ten Commandments. Ten plagues of Egypt. The golden calf. Parting of the Red Sea. Wandering in the wilderness for 40 years. What do all these pieces of his story have to do with the covenant God made through him? What was the covenant even about? Find out today with Richaél Lucero. Plus! Learn why the freed Hebrew slaves of Egypt weren't actually free. And how that damaged the covenant. Throughout the series Richaél Lucero will examine one of the six key figures, the covenant they made with God and its meaning.
Abraham: The Promise of a Great Nation, Great Name, and Worldwide Blessing
Abraham is the man of the hour during week four of our series on salvation history. And there are a lot of moving parts to his story: Before he was Abraham he was Abram. He was called out into the wilderness by God. He's responsible for the practice of circumcision. He sent his illegitimate son away. And was asked by God to slay his only-begotten (legitimate) son as a sacrifice. Are all these events random or do they fit together, and how? Richaél Lucero connects the dots to show the bigger picture at work. Throughout the series Richaél Lucero will examine one of the six key figures, the covenant they made with God and its meaning.
Noah, Covenants Vs. Contracts, and a God of Second Chances
We're on week three of the series on salvation history. This week's Old Testament figure, Noah. And there's more to his story than a cute children's tale. It's a story that puts the rumors of a mean, angry, and eager to smite God to bed. Through Noah, God redeems and renews the covenant Adam broken. [...]
The Bible, Salvation History, Adam, + Being a Child of God (Part 2)
Welcome to week two of the series on salvation history. This week Richaél Lucero covers the first key player in salvation history, Adam. The same Adam who brought original sin into the world. Listen as she focuses on his pre-sin condition—which will give us the blueprint of a true Child of God. As well as whom we're called to be. Richaél also shares some struggles from the past 6 months.
The Bible, Salvation History, Adam, + Being a Child of God (Part 1)
What is the overarching plot of the bible? Who are the key players? And what are their roles? When we have a firm grasp on *salvation history,* these questions are easily answered. This is the first episode in a series on just that—salvation history.
Every week, Richaél Lucero will examine one of the six key figures, the covenant they made with God and its meaning. This week, get the rundown on the plot, the main players, and catch up with Richaél about how God convicted her over Christmas/New Year's break.
7 Gifts of the Holy Spirit and the Kingdom of Heaven (Part 1 of 2)
Where are the 7 Gifts of the Holy Spirit in Scripture? Hint: Not the New Testament. In part 1, this question will be answered along with what these gifts are. Part 2 links them with the Kingdom of Heaven in an *unexpected* way.
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