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God reveals his presence in the most common things of human life.

God reveals his presence in the most common things of human life. 

 

Good morning, happy Monday, and many blessings.

 

Luke (1:39-45) stresses the readiness of Mary in serving, in being a handmaid. The angel speaks about the pregnancy of Elizabeth, and immediately Mary rises and sets out as quickly as she can to go and help her. From Nazareth to the house of Elizabeth there were more than 100 km, at least four days of traveling! There were no buses or trains. Mary begins to serve and fulfills her mission on behalf of the people of God.

 

Dare to take risks

 

 

Good morning, happy Friday, and many blessings.

 

In Luke’s Gospel, the story of the infancy of Jesus (chapters 1 and 2 of Luke) centers around Mary. However, in the Gospel of Matthew (Matthew 1:18-24), the infancy of Jesus (chapters 1 and 2 of Matthew) centers around Joseph, the promised spouse of Mary. Joseph was a descendant of David. Through him, Jesus belongs to the line of David. Thus, in Jesus, the promises made by God to David and his descendants are fulfilled.

 

Let's celebrate who we are

 

 

Good morning, happy Thursday, and many blessings.

 

Doubt is simply the expression of uncertainty

 

 

Good morning, happy Wednesday, and many blessings.

 

The context for today’s Gospel (Matthew

7:19-23

) of this text is already indicated to us the relationship between grace and responsibility, between the initiative of God and what is responded to in us. God calls and loves first, but wants a free and responsible assent: such a response is possible because God loves us first.

 

Jesus values ​​a few small acts more than many beautiful words

 

 

Good morning, happy Tuesday, and many blessings.

 

Are you exercising your authority correctly?

 

 

Good morning, happy Monday, and many blessings.

 

The Gospel today (Matthew 21:23-27) describes the conflict that Jesus had with the religious authority of the time, after that He drove out the merchants from the Temple. The priests and the elders of the people wanted to know with which authority Jesus was doing those things: to go into the Temple and drive out the merchants (cf. Mt

21:12-13

). The authority considered itself the master of all and thought that nobody could do anything without their permission.

 

The kingdom belongs to those who like Jesus, have the courage to create community

 

 

Good morning, happy Thursday, and many blessings.

 

In today’s Gospel (Matthew

11:11-15

), Jesus gives an opinion on John the Baptist. Compared to the persons of the Old Testament, there is no one greater than John. John is the greatest of all: greater than Jeremiah, greater than Abraham, greater than Isaiah! But, compared to the New Testament, John is inferior to all. The smallest in the Kingdom is greater than John! How can we understand this apparently contradictory qualification that Jesus makes about John?

 

An easy yoke

 

 

Good morning, happy Wednesday, and many blessings.

 

The Gospel today is composed of only three verses (Mt 11:28-30) which form part of a brief literary unit, one of the most beautiful ones, in which Jesus thanks the Father for having revealed the wisdom of the Kingdom to the little children and because He has hidden it from the doctors and the wise (Mt 11:25-30). 

 

Following Jesus means striving to be like Him

 

 

Good morning, happy Tuesday, and many blessings.

 

There are many viewpoints from which we could study the story of the angel's announcement of Jesus' birth in Luke 1:26-38. For example, we could examine what it tells us about Jesus: that he will be the Messiah, the heir of David's ancient throne (

1:32

), that he is of both divine and human origin (

1:35

), and is both figuratively and literally God's Son (

1:32

A legitimate disobedience

 

 

Good morning, happy Friday, and many blessings.

 

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