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The Red Corner of Fr. Luis

Making decisions

Making decisions. 


Good morning, happy Tuesday, and many blessings.


Prayer is our special connection with God and with his power



The Gospel (Matthew 7:7-11) for today challenges beliefs that as older we get into Christianity now God will do everything before even, we have been asked. Instead of increasing in prayer life, we decrease slowly.


What was the necessity for Jesus to Pray, have you ever thought about it? In four gospels there are more than 29 verses referring to Jesus' praying.


The harvest is great, but the workers few



Good morning, happy Thursday, and many blessings.


The Gospel for today’s (Luke 10:1-12) begins with somewhat dense expressions. The first one, “After these things, it sends us back to the prayer of Jesus and to his firm decision to go to Jerusalem. The second one concerns the verb “appointed”: He appointed seventy-two others and sent them out...” (10, 1). Where it is said concretely that He sent them ahead of him, it is the same resolute Jesus who is journeying to Jerusalem.


We have to remember that we have a call to follow Jesus

Good morning, happy Wednesday, and many blessings.


Today’s Gospel Luke 9:57-62) is about three people say they will follow Jesus.

This passage is all about following. The key word is a familiar one, "follow, accompany, follow as disciple." One question I'd like you to ponder: Can a person be a Christian without being a follower of Jesus? Look at these encounters Jesus had with these three disciples. They will help us to ready our hearts for the ministries Jesus has for us.


God often chooses ordinary people to accomplish extraordinary things



Good morning, happy Tuesday, and many blessings.


Today’s Gospel (John 1:47-51) presents the dialogue between Jesus and Nathanael in which the following phrase appears: “In all truth I tell you, you will see heaven open and the angels of God ascending and descending over the Son of Man“.


Ordinary people struggle with spiritual competitiveness



Good morning, happy Monday, and many blessings.


In the Gospel for today (Luke 9:46-50) Jesus was on a mission, sent by the Creator of the universe, God, to seek and save people who are alienated from the love of their Creator. His life, death and resurrection provides an open gate into heaven. Jesus kept telling the disciples that he was going to Jerusalem where he would be arrested, tried, crucified, and murdered, and then rise on the third day, in order to reestablish peace and forgiveness between human beings and our God.


Do I express who Jesus is to me by how I live and how I act?

Good morning, happy Friday, and many blessings.


The Gospel today (Luke ‪9:18-22‬) follows the same theme as that of yesterday: the opinion of the people on Jesus. Yesterday, beginning with Herod, today it is Jesus who asks what people think, and the Apostles respond giving the same opinion which was given yesterday. Immediately follows the first announcement of the Passion, death and Resurrection of Jesus.


True love can only be given if true love is received



Good morning, happy Wednesday, and many blessings.


Today’s Gospel (Luke 9:1-6) describes the mission which the twelve received from Jesus. Later, Luke speaks about the mission of the seventy-two disciples (Luke 10:1-12). The two Gospels complete one another and reveal the mission of the Church.


t is wonderful to realize that we belong to the family of God

Good morning, happy Tuesday, and many blessings.


The Gospel today (Luke ‪8:19-21‬) presents the episode in which the relatives of Jesus and also his Mother want to speak with him, but Jesus does not pay attention to them. Jesus had problems with his family. Sometimes the family helps one to live the Gospel and to participate in the community. Other times, the family prevents this. This is what happened to Jesus and this is what happens to us.


Jesus supports our common humanity



Good morning, happy Monday, and many blessings.


In this Gospel (Matthew 9:9-13) Jesus told the Pharisees to "Go and learn what this means, ‘I desire mercy, and not sacrifice.'" Jesus' words express this principle: "Holy things are for unholy people because holy things sanctify unholy people. Holy things give God's mercy to unholy people." Christ has power not only to heal and forgive sins, but to sanctify—to make the unholy holy.