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The Red Corner of Fr. Luis

What would you leave for Jesus

Good morning, happy Saturday and blessings. 

During the sermon tomorrow Sunday I will place greater emphasis on the call that Jesus in the Gospel of Matthew (‪4: 12-23‬) makes to his disciples to follow him.

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Devotional life

Happy Friday and blessings.
 
Today I want to reflect in a reading from Psalm 119;169 that says: Let my cry come before you, O Lord; give me understanding according to your word. This scripture is a reminder that the devotional life in discipleship is a dynamic part of the relationship with God. It encourages us to be sure our devotions never become commonplace.
 

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Love your enemies

Happy Thursday and blessings. 
 
Today I invite you to meditate with great sincerity on what it means to be a Christian person and hate our enemies. The Gospel of Matthews says (5:43-45): “You have heard that it was said, love your neighbor and hate your enemy. But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven..."
 

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A radical discipleship?

Do you know that in order for us to have an effective revitalize church, we will need a radical discipleship. The call to be disciples was given to us by Jesus:“Jesus called out to them, “Come, follow me, and I will show you how to fish for people!” And they left their nets at once and followed him.” (Matthew 4:19-20).

 

One of the best descriptions seems to me to be given to us by Rev. Martin Luther King when he showed that when it comes to Christian discipleship, we have to stop being temometers and we must become thermostats.

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The unguarded tongue

The book of James is a powerful treatise on the Christian life. Specifically, the practice of the Christian life. James writes to encourage believers to move faith from principle to practice. Readers of James recognize very sensitive subjects early on in his writing; issues of class distinction, the relationship of faith to good works, and others that cause people to squirm.

 

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A Radical Touch

How many of you have worked with or known people who have done things and they had no concerns about what people thought?  Well, today I invite you to look to a woman in Mark 5:25-34 who broke “religious protocol” and did so for only one reason: she was seeking Jesus.

 

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Jesus at the center

Allowing Christ to enter your home (and this may be the place where you live or simply your life) always has very beautiful consequences. From the Gospel of Mark (2: 1-12) we can identify a key question that will help us understand what happened. This narrative answer the following question:  What happens when Christ comes into your home?
 
First, Christ will bring joy to your home: A few days later, when Jesus again entered Capernaum, the people heard that he had come home (Mark 2:1). This meeting resulted in a great celebration full of joy.
 

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The forgiveness

I've been meditating on forgiveness for a few weeks and today I decided to share some thoughts with you. The Epistle of Colossians (3:13) tells us: Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as God forgave you. In other words, it is a mandate; we must forgive. Forgiveness is a choice we make. It is a decision of our will, motivated by obedience to God and his command to forgive.

 

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God's call

Jesus begins his ministry by proclaiming the “good news” of the gospel, which is that “the time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near” (Mark 1:15). Consider also that Mark portrays Jesus' proclamation of the kingdom coming not only as a gift ("good news"), but also with a demand ("repent").

 

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Feast of the Baptism of Jesus

Good morning, happy Saturday and blessings my dear Holyrood family.

Tomorrow, Sunday, January 12, when we celebrate the Feast of the Baptism of Jesus, we will also enter our Annual Meeting as a vigorous and revitalized church.

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