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The Red Corner of Fr. Luis

Listen with the ear of the heart!



Good morning, happy Thursday, and many blessings.


Today’s Gospel (Matthew 7:21, 24-27) narrates the end of the discourse on the mountain. The discourse on the mountain is a new reading of the Law of God. It begins with the Beatitudes (Matthew 5: 1-12) and ends with the house built on the rock.


What is the joy of Jesus?



Good morning, happy Tuesday, and many blessings.


In one-way today’s Gospel (Luke 10:21-24) reveals the depth of the Heart of Jesus, the reason for his joy. The disciples had gone on the mission, and when they return, they share with Jesus the joy of their missionary experience (Lk 10, 17, 21). Likewise, this Gospel reminds us that with salvation comes the responsibility to join the task of sharing the good news with those who have not yet heard. Some will go great distances, others will share with friends and neighbors, but we are all called 


Who do I want to intercede for today?



Good morning, happy Monday, and many blessings.


Today’s Gospel (Matthew 8:5-11) is a mirror. It reminds us of the words we say during the Mass at the moment of communion: “Lord, I am not worthy that You should enter my house,  only say the word and I will be healed”.  Looking at this text more closely it suggests the following:


Apocalyptically speaking, no one here gives up.

Apocalyptically speaking, no one here gives up.


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The Gospel today (Luke 21:29-33) presents the final recommendations of the Apocalyptic Discourse. Jesus insists on two points: (a) the attention which should be given to the signs of the times (Lk 21: 29-31) and (b) hope founded on the firmness of the word of God which drives away fear and despair (Lk 21: 32-33).


You have to have courage and lift your head



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In today’s Gospel (Luke 21:20-28) we have the continuation of the Apocalyptic Discourse which gives two signs, the 7th and the 8th, which should take place before the end of time or better before the coming of the end of this world in order to give place to the new world, to the “new Heavens and the New Earth” (Is 65, 17). The seventh sign is the destruction of Jerusalem and the eighth is the upsetting of the old creation.


Has hope increased or decreased in you?



Good morning, happy Wednesday, and many blessings. 


In today’s Gospel (Luke


), which is a continuation of the discourse begun yesterday, Jesus lists different signs to help the communities place themselves in these events and not lose faith in God, as well as the courage to persevere against the attacks of the Roman Empire.


What is there in the church today that needs cleaning?



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Luke, having described Jesus’ journey to Jerusalem, now presents carrying out His mission in the temple.  (Luke 19:45-48). The gesture of Jesus has socio-political value and prophetic significance, in other words, theological.  The great purpose of Jesus’ journey to Jerusalem is to enter the temple.


Let's not make Jesus cry



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The Gospel today (Luke 19:41-44) tells us that Jesus, when he saw Jerusalem as he approached, began to shed tears and to pronounce a very dark future for the city of His people.


Obstacles show us the way

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The Gospel today (Luke 19:11-28) presents the parable of the talents in which Jesus speaks of the gifts that people receive from God. All people have some qualities; they receive some gifts or know something which they can teach to others. Nobody is only a pupil. Nobody is only a professor. We all learn from one another.


The kingdom is in your midst



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Today’s Gospel (Luke 17:20-25) gives us the discussion between Jesus and the Pharisees on the coming of the Kingdom. The Gospel today and that of the following days deal with the coming of the end of time.


The disciples eagerly await the coming of the Kingdom. For us, the death and resurrection of Jesus mean that the kingdom is already within our reach: ‘Behold, the kingdom of God is among you’. It is already present through the teaching and healing ministry of Jesus.