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The Red Corner of Fr. Luis

Genuine Love



Good morning, happy Tuesday, and blessings.


In Mark ‪12:13-17‬ Jesus taught a simple solution to convoluted criticisms thrown at Christians. Instead of getting bogged down in futile, endless arguments, why not implement His Formula which works so effectively! Stay tuned, keep it simple!


Loving is a command to Divine



Good morning, happy Monday, and blessings.


The story of God's work among people is a story of hard work, followed by disappointment.

God is like a man, or a woman, who prepares carefully, planting a vineyard, putting a hedge around it, digging the wine vat, building a tower, then leasing it to stewards to care for the vines. Yet when He comes back to receive the fruit, He finds none.  The fruit is withheld.


Overcoming Discouragement

Good morning happy Saturday and blessings.
Today's Gospel reading, John 21: 20-25, confronts me with this question: How will you maintain your focus in Jesus discipleship in the face of discouragement? All of us deal with discouragement in one form or another, throughout our lives. “Discouragement” covers a broad range of concepts. The verb to discourage means “to deprive of confidence, hope or spirit, afflict, beat down, demoralize, depress, dismay, distress, frighten, intimidate, irk, and trouble are synonyms of the word discourage.

A discipleship of service

*A Discipleship of service*

A commitment to the Gospel



Good morning, happy Thursday, and blessings.


In John 17:20-26 we find a prayer that looks to the future. Jesus was praying not only for the people seated around him at table that evening but also for his future followers, which thanks be to God, includes us. And it is a prayer that focuses on unity, on all being one.


Spiritual Unity



Good morning, happy Wednesday, and blessings.


Radical Love


Good morning, happy Tuesday, and blessings. 

In today’s gospel, John 17:1-11a, Jesus prays for us, even though we fail to pray for ourselves. The suffering began soon after the Last Supper when Jesus and His disciples went to the Garden of Gethsemane. Knowing that the time of His death was near, Jesus prayed intently.

Magnify your Joy


Prayer is reflected in our lives.



Good morning, happy Saturday, and blessings.


In John 16 (23b-28) Jesus said to his disciples: "Amen, amen, I say to you, whatever you ask the Father in my name he will give you. Until now you have not asked anything in my name; ask and you will receive, so that your joy may be complete. In this biblical narrative, Jesus establishes the need and importance of prayer.


They are lights of happiness.



Good morning, happy Friday, and blessings.


Today's Gospel (John 16: 20-23a) puts us back to reflecting on joys and sorrows when we are in Christ. I want to contrast it with what Paul says to the church of Rome in his pastoral letter (Romans 14:17): For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.