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The Red Corner of Fr. Luis

Understand what it means to put love as my top priority



Good morning, happy Friday, and many blessings.


Our story (Mark 12:28-34) falls within a series of conversations between Jesus and various sectarian leaders residing in Jerusalem, which began in Mark 11:27. This was the final discussion initiated by one of these leaders, since “no one dared to ask him any question” after this encounter (cf. Mark 12:34).


 Jesus mission is to overcome evil in all its forms.

Good morning, happy Thursday, and many blessings.


In our Gospel today’s (Luke 11:14-23) Jesus tells His followers “whoever is not with Me is against Me, and whoever does not gather with Me scatters” (23)


The choice for most, if not all, of us is clear; we know John 10:10, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly” and we will say that we desire to gather with Jesus because that is much better than the alternative.


Jesus wants people to understand that the commandments are there to help us to be loving, respectful, just, merciful people, and to care for God's creation



Good morning, happy Wednesday and many blessings.


In today’s Gospel (Matthew 5:17-19) once again we see that Jesus frequently angered the Pharisees by breaking the law. He pulled ears of corn on the Sabbath. He healed on the Sabbath. He touched the unclean. It seems clear that when he speaks of the Law, he is speaking of it in a transformed sense as defined in his teaching that only two commandments are necessary – to love God and to love one’s neighbor as oneself.


A forgiving person is a person who shows compassionate character



Good morning, happy Tuesday, and many blessings.


In today’s Gospel (Matthew 18:21-35) we learn that God’s forgiveness and human forgiveness are integrally related.


“How often should I forgive? As many as seven times?” Jesus answered Peter, “Not seven times, but, I tell you, seventy-seven times.”


What would that experience of rejection have been like for Jesus?



Good morning, happy Monday, and many blessings.


Today’s Gospel (Luke 4:24-30) remind us that when Jesus first proclaimed the good news of God's kingdom to his own townspeople at Nazareth, he was met with angry incredulity. Their very familiarity with him blinded them to his colossal mission. Many of us have been familiar with the words of Jesus from childhood. We have heard the narratives, the sermons, the parables so often that it is difficult to imagine it the way Paul describes it, ‘The word of God is living and active’.


Jesus is not willing to give up on you or me



Good morning, happy Friday, and many blessings.


We have an obligation as Christian people to feed hungry people.



Good morning, happy Thursday, and many blessings.


The Gospel today is found in Luke 16:19-31.  Commonly known as “The parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus”, this parable shows us the foolishness of seeking earthly comfort (which is temporary) to the neglect of heavenly comfort (which is forever).  


Go beyond yourself for others



Good morning, happy Wednesday, and many blessings.


In today’s Gospel (Matthew 20:17-28) Jesus’ announcement says that his fate in Jerusalem will be no tragic accident of history but the outworking of God’s saving purposes for humanity. This is the preeminent work of Jesus—not his powerful deeds and words, nor his ministry among the Jews of Galilee and Judea, but his death on the cross.


Forgiving someone who has hurt us deeply is a great challenge



Good morning, happy Monday, and many blessings.


Today’s message in Luke 6:36-38 from Jesus is not an easy message to receive. Jesus is telling his disciples (and us) to be merciful. Jesus instructs us to be merciful as His Father is merciful. What a challenge this may be. The call to be merciful is not an easy or desired call!


Only if you seek to live in harmony with God and with all of God's creation, will you be truly happy



Good morning, happy Thursday, and many blessings.


To cut to the chase, I’d like to ask two questions concerning today’s Gospel (Matthew 7:7-12): One, what does the word, it, refer to?  In other words, when Jesus said, “Ask, and it will be given you,” what might you expect to receive?  And two, what is it in your life?  In other words, if you were to ask God for something, what would it be?



Ministry at the time of Coronavirus (Covid 19): Prevent, cure and accompany

Now we have to shape what some have started calling; The Church at Home. Although I keep asking myself; What do those who do not have a home do? For this reason, at the same time, I am declaring today in our Holyrood Church a Lenten day of prayer, fasting and reading the Bible in the Time of the Coronavirus.

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