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The Red Corner of Fr. Luis

The practice of peace with justice



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The five verses of today’s Gospel speak about two very different themes between them. (a) The second announcement of the passion, death, and resurrection of Jesus (Mt ‪17:22-23‬); and (b) they report Jesus’ conversation with Peter about paying the taxes and the dues to the temple (Mt 17:24-27). Is a story about dead and taxes.


There is satisfying life in Jesus


Go up in prayer, but you must go down to practice it



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Mystery marks this transfiguration scene (Matthew 17:1-9). Jesus is transfigured. Moses and Elijah appear and then strangely disappear. Peter is perplexed. James and John are anonymous. The disciples are overcome with admiration. Jesus tells them to say nothing about what has happened! Mystery and divine presence are pervasive.


If you want to, you mustbget out of the boat



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After reading today's Gospel, Matthew 14: 22-36, I began to meditate on the possibility that we might be strengthened through the storms that we encounter in our daily live. There are storms of correction (when God disciplines us; e.g. Jonah) and there are storms of perfection (when God helps us grow; e.g. Peter).


What happens when your faith and your confidence doubt?



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Open your heart so that miracles are possible



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The Gospel today (Matthew 13:54-58) tells us of Jesus’ visit to Nazareth, His native community. Passing through Nazareth was painful for Jesus. What was His community at the beginning, now is no longer. Something has changed.


It seems there was a moment when the light broke through, when the people realized the power of Jesus’ wisdom and actions. Then the clouds came over and they thought, ‘If he were so special we would not have missed it.’ 


The Church includes both good and bad people.




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Today’s Gospel (Matthew 13:47-53), presents the last parable of the discourse on the parables, the story of the net thrown into the sea. This parable is found only in the Gospel of Matthew without any parallel in the other three Gospels.


To find, there must be some effort to "look"



Good morning, happy Wednesday, and many blessings.


The Gospel today (Matthew 13:44-46) presents two brief parables from the discourse on the parables. They are similar to each other, but with significant differences that clarify aspects of the mystery of the Kingdom which the parables are revealing.

Our decisions matter



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