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The Red Corner of Fr. Luis

God has a plan

Good morning, happy Thursday and blessings.

 

Often we feel overwhelmed by life’s situations and circumstances. We are bombarded by so many things from all different directions…things that tend to tear us down from time to time. Things that make us feel as failures. Things that make us lose sight of the fact that God has a plan, a purpose and a design for our lives. It is in the midst of these ‘failures’ or difficulties that often times, God is moving us into the position He needs us to be in so His plan can unfold.

 

The slander

Good morning, happy Wednesday and blessings.

 

In the process of being able to evaluate ourselves and every day to be better Christian people daily we must identify the contradictions that arise in our lives. Very particularly those that come with the actions of bad habits and that lead us to sin. An example of this is slander.

 

Trust God

Good morning, happy Tuesday and blessings.

 

Today I invite you to reflect on the Gospel of Luke looking at chapter 13, verses 31-35.  In this passage we will take note of two types of opposition against Jesus and learn why He was not concerned about either one.  Our prayer is that Christ’s followers would follow what Christ modeled for us and apply it to our lives.

 

The salt of the earth

Good morning, happy Monday and blessings.
 
In the Gospel of Matthew 5:13-20, Jesus has a lot to say about salt and the importance of salt being salt and not something else, “You are the salt of the earth; but if salt has lost its taste, how can its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything but is thrown out and trampled underfoot.” Well, what does that mean?
 

The Church

Good morning, happy Friday and blessings.  

Today I woke up with this question in my mind: What should I do for love? And I began to reflect on the biblical narrative of John (15: 9-17) which says: My commandment is this: Love one another as I have loved you. The greatest love a person can have is to give

Spiritual militancy

Good morning, happy Thursday and blessings. 

 

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.

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.
 

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..."
 

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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