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The Red Corner of Fr. Luis

 "What do you really want, Jesus himself or something else?"



Good morning, happy Wednesday, and many blessings.


 There is time for everything



Good morning, happy Friday, and many blessings.


This is another very short Gospel (Matthew 9:14-15) reading.  Today John’s disciples come to Jesus and ask him why he and his disciples don’t fast as John and the Pharisees do.  Jesus does not answer their question directly.  Rather he uses the metaphor of a wedding.  Jesus tells them that at a wedding, the guests do not mourn will the bridegroom is still in their presence.  The time for fasting is when the bridegroom is taken away. 


Following Jesus is not easy



Good morning, happy Thursday, and many blessings.


The beginning of today’s Gospel (Luke 9:22-25) is stark.  Jesus informs his disciples that the Son of Man will undergo great suffering, be rejected by the temple officials, be killed, and then be raised up on the third day.  Put yourself in the disciples’ shoes.  What would be your reaction to these words?  I assume the disciples were shaken by what Jesus said, yet they also had heard the many complaints and threats against Jesus.  They must have known that He was in danger.


Jesus channels his anger in a constructive and challenging way



Good morning, happy Tuesday, and many blessings.


All people have a responsibility to care for other people



Good morning, happy Friday, and many blessings.


Jesus came to redeem the inherent problem of human hearts



Good morning, happy Thursday, and many blessings.


Today’s Gospel (Mark 7:24-30) begins with the mysterious statement that Jesus went to the vicinity of Tyre and did not want anyone to know it. What was going on? Well, Jesus had been spending all of his time ministering in Jewish provinces, and that ministry was drawing overwhelming crowds, and he was exhausted. So Jesus left the Jewish provinces and went into a Gentile territory, Tyre, in order to get some rest.


Before we can change, we need our hearts to change.

Good morning, happy Wednesday, and many blessings.
In this earthy passage (Mark 7:14-23) Jesus is teaching me that what matters is the state of my heart. Is my heart in good shape? Doctors may worry about an enlarging of my heart, but from a Christian point of view, the enlarging of my heart is the best thing that can happen me! This is because God’s chosen task is to make me grow in love, until my capacity for loving matches that of Jesus. God, don’t let me instead suffer cardiac arrest!

Jesus invites me to consider how I follow God in my heart.

Good morning, happy Tuesdays, and many blessings.
Whenever we encounter the Pharisees and the scribes, as we do in today's Gospel (Mark 7:1-13), we have a tendency to stereotype them.  We tend to think of Pharisees as these old, stubborn, pompous, men whose main goal in life was to make themselves look good and everybody else look bad.  Because of this, it is good from time-to-time to examine the image we have of the scribes and Pharisees and get a little clearer picture of who we are really dealing with in passages like today's Gospel.

Jesus meets all people in need and restores them



Good morning, happy Monday, and many blessings.


It’s been a busy season at the Galilean seashore. Comings and goings, revival meetings, feedings, exorcisms and healings of one sort of another. It’s gotten to the point, in fact, that crowds are forming the moment Jesus gets out of the boat.


My unbelief limits Jesus


Good morning, happy Wednesday, and many blessings.


The Gospel today (Mark 6:1-6) speaks of the visit of Jesus to Nazareth and describes the obstinacy of the people of Nazareth who do not want to accept Him. Tomorrow the Gospel describes the openness of Jesus toward the people of Galilee, shown through the sending out of His disciples on mission.



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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