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Good morning, happy Friday, and many blessings.


Today’s gospel (Mark 2:1-12) lesson is all about what we see, and what we don’t see. As a matter of fact, the whole church season of Epiphany leads us through the gospel accounts of Jesus’ earthly ministry and helps us look through the darkness to see if what we’re learning about this Jesus sheds any light on our own human experience. Let’s take a look and try to figure out what it is we are seeing here in Mark’s gospel.


Jesus transgresses the rules of his religion and touches the leper



Good morning, happy Thursday, and many blessings.


We have been called to serve



Good morning, happy Wednesday, and many blessings.


In today’s Gospel (Mark 1:29-39) Jesus restores life for the service. After having participated in the celebration of Saturday in the Synagogue, Jesus went to Peter’s house and cured his mother-in-law. Once healed, she gets up, with her health restored and having recovered her dignity, and she begins to serve. Jesus does not only heal the person, but He does it in such a way that she begins to serve life.


Evil spirits in the Capitol that we have to reprimand



Good morning, happy Tuesday, and many blessings.


Change the way you think, feel and act



Good morning, happy Monday, and many blessings.


After John had been arrested, Jesus went to Galilee Mark 1:14-20). There He proclaimed the Gospel of God. John was arrested by King Herod for having denounced the immoral behavior of the King (Lk 3:18-20). The imprisonment of John the Baptist did not frighten Jesus! On the contrary, in that event He saw a symbol of the coming of the Kingdom. Today, would  we know how to read the facts of politics and of urban violence to announce or proclaim the Good News of God?


Compassion is a dimension of spirituality



Good morning, happy Friday, and many blessings.


In Mark’s Gospel (mark 6:34-44), the multiplication of the loaves is very important. It is mentioned twice: here and in Mk 8:1-9. And Jesus Himself questions the disciples on the multiplication of the loaves (Mk 8:14-21). This is why it is worthwhile to observe and to reflect, so as to discover what exactly is the importance of the multiplication of the loaves.


When a law is unjust, it must be disobeyed



Good morning, happy Epiphany, and many blessings.


Our job is to invite people to "come and see"



Good morning, happy Monday, and many blessings.


Today’s Gospel (John 1:35-42) is about John’s account of the beginning of Jesus’ calling of His disciples: “The next day again John was standing with two of his disciples, and he looked at Jesus as he walked by and said, ‘Behold, the Lamb of God!’”


So, we see these two disciples of John seeking after Jesus, and Jesus knows they are seeking after Him, and He asks them, “What are you seeking?”


Humility opens doors


Good morning, happy Saturday, and may blessings. 


Today’s Gospel (John 1:19-28) speaks about the witness of John the Baptist. The Jews sent “priests and Levites” to question him. In the same way, some years later, they sent people to control the activity of Jesus (Mark 3:22). There is a resemblance between the response of the people regarding Jesus and the questions which authorities address to John. Jesus asks the disciples: Whom do people say that I am?” They answered: “Elijah, John the Baptist, Jeremiah, one of the Prophets” (cf. Mark 8:27-28).


Has the Christmas season brought us closer to Jesus and his mother?

Has the Christmas season brought us closer to Jesus and his mother?


Good morning, Happy New Year, and many blessings.


Today we begin a new year according to the “secular” calendar. And even though much of the rest of the world has begun “de-decking” the Christmas decorations, the Church continues to celebrate the Christmas season. The Gospel (Luke


) for this Feast of Mary is the account of the shepherds traveling to Bethlehem to give homage to the Child Jesus.



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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