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The Red Corner of Fr. Luis

Ordinary people struggle with spiritual competitiveness



Good morning, happy Monday, and many blessings.


In the Gospel for today (Luke 9:46-50) Jesus was on a mission, sent by the Creator of the universe, God, to seek and save people who are alienated from the love of their Creator. His life, death and resurrection provides an open gate into heaven. Jesus kept telling the disciples that he was going to Jerusalem where he would be arrested, tried, crucified, and murdered, and then rise on the third day, in order to reestablish peace and forgiveness between human beings and our God.


Do I express who Jesus is to me by how I live and how I act?

Good morning, happy Friday, and many blessings.


The Gospel today (Luke ‪9:18-22‬) follows the same theme as that of yesterday: the opinion of the people on Jesus. Yesterday, beginning with Herod, today it is Jesus who asks what people think, and the Apostles respond giving the same opinion which was given yesterday. Immediately follows the first announcement of the Passion, death and Resurrection of Jesus.


True love can only be given if true love is received



Good morning, happy Wednesday, and many blessings.


Today’s Gospel (Luke 9:1-6) describes the mission which the twelve received from Jesus. Later, Luke speaks about the mission of the seventy-two disciples (Luke 10:1-12). The two Gospels complete one another and reveal the mission of the Church.


t is wonderful to realize that we belong to the family of God

Good morning, happy Tuesday, and many blessings.


The Gospel today (Luke ‪8:19-21‬) presents the episode in which the relatives of Jesus and also his Mother want to speak with him, but Jesus does not pay attention to them. Jesus had problems with his family. Sometimes the family helps one to live the Gospel and to participate in the community. Other times, the family prevents this. This is what happened to Jesus and this is what happens to us.


Jesus supports our common humanity



Good morning, happy Monday, and many blessings.


In this Gospel (Matthew 9:9-13) Jesus told the Pharisees to "Go and learn what this means, ‘I desire mercy, and not sacrifice.'" Jesus' words express this principle: "Holy things are for unholy people because holy things sanctify unholy people. Holy things give God's mercy to unholy people." Christ has power not only to heal and forgive sins, but to sanctify—to make the unholy holy.


The presence of women among Jesus' disciples was countercultural and highly unusual



Good morning, happy Friday, and many blessings.


In today’s Gospel (Luke 8:1-3) we have the continuation of yesterday’s episode which spoke of the surprising attitude of Jesus with regard to women, when He defends the woman who was known in the town as a sinner, against the criticism of the Pharisee. Now at the beginning of chapter 8, Luke describes Jesus who goes through the villages and towns of Galilee, and the novelty is that He was not only accompanied by the disciples, but also by the women disciples.


In the episode of the woman with the perfume, the dissatisfaction and resistance of women arises

Good morning, happy Thursday, and many blessings.


Today’s Gospel (Luke 7:36-50) presents the episode of the woman with the perfume who was accepted by Jesus during a feast in house of Simon the Pharisee. One of the aspects of the novelty of the Good News of Jesus is the surprising attitude of Jesus toward women. At the time of the New Testament women lived marginalized. In the Synagogue they could not participate in the public life and they could not be witnesses. Many women, though, resisted this exclusion.


Do I somehow suspect that Jesus is inviting me to grow?



Good morning, happy Wednesday, and many blessings.


In today’s Gospel (Luke 7:31-35) we see the novelty of the Good News which opens its way and thus persons who are attached to ancient forms of faith feel lost and do not understand anything more of God’s action. In order to hide their lack of openness and of understanding they defend and seek childish pretexts to justify their attitude of lack of acceptance. Jesus reacts with a parable to denounce the incoherence of his enemies: “You are similar to children who do not know what they want”.


The heart of Jesus is open to those who suffer



Good morning, happy Tuesday, and many blessings.


The religion of love will unite the human race



Good morning, happy Monday, many blessings, and delighted Holy Cross Day. 

Celebrated ‪on September 14th‬, Holy Cross day is a day which honors and commemorates the sacrifice that Jesus Christ made on the cross for our salvific liberation. It is from this festivity that our church takes its name. The Holyrood or Holy Rood is a Christian relic alleged to be part of the True Cross on which Jesus died. The word derives from the Old English rood, meaning a pole and the cross, via Middle English, or the Scots haly ruid ("holy cross").