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The Red Corner of Fr. Luis

The presence of women among Jesus' disciples was countercultural and highly unusual

 

 

Good morning, happy Friday, and many blessings.

 

In today’s Gospel (Luke 8:1-3) we have the continuation of yesterday’s episode which spoke of the surprising attitude of Jesus with regard to women, when He defends the woman who was known in the town as a sinner, against the criticism of the Pharisee. Now at the beginning of chapter 8, Luke describes Jesus who goes through the villages and towns of Galilee, and the novelty is that He was not only accompanied by the disciples, but also by the women disciples.

 

In the episode of the woman with the perfume, the dissatisfaction and resistance of women arises

Good morning, happy Thursday, and many blessings.

 

Today’s Gospel (Luke 7:36-50) presents the episode of the woman with the perfume who was accepted by Jesus during a feast in house of Simon the Pharisee. One of the aspects of the novelty of the Good News of Jesus is the surprising attitude of Jesus toward women. At the time of the New Testament women lived marginalized. In the Synagogue they could not participate in the public life and they could not be witnesses. Many women, though, resisted this exclusion.

 

Do I somehow suspect that Jesus is inviting me to grow?

 

 

Good morning, happy Wednesday, and many blessings.

 

In today’s Gospel (Luke 7:31-35) we see the novelty of the Good News which opens its way and thus persons who are attached to ancient forms of faith feel lost and do not understand anything more of God’s action. In order to hide their lack of openness and of understanding they defend and seek childish pretexts to justify their attitude of lack of acceptance. Jesus reacts with a parable to denounce the incoherence of his enemies: “You are similar to children who do not know what they want”.

 

The heart of Jesus is open to those who suffer

 

 

Good morning, happy Tuesday, and many blessings.

 

The religion of love will unite the human race

 

 

Good morning, happy Monday, many blessings, and delighted Holy Cross Day. 

Celebrated ‪on September 14th‬, Holy Cross day is a day which honors and commemorates the sacrifice that Jesus Christ made on the cross for our salvific liberation. It is from this festivity that our church takes its name. The Holyrood or Holy Rood is a Christian relic alleged to be part of the True Cross on which Jesus died. The word derives from the Old English rood, meaning a pole and the cross, via Middle English, or the Scots haly ruid ("holy cross").

 

God sees the honesty of my heart

 

 

Good morning, happy Friday, and many blessings.

 

Today’s Gospel (Luke 6:39-42) gives us some of the passages of the discourse which Jesus pronounced on the plain after having spent the night in prayer and after He had called the twelve to be His apostles. Many of the sayings in this discourse had already been pronounced on other occasions, but Luke, imitating Matthew, puts them together in this Sermon on the Plain.

 

My world can be transformaded ik I take Jesus seriously

My world can be transformed if I take Jesus seriously. 

Blessed are the poor people!

 

 

Good morning, happy Wednesday, and many blessings.

 

God's way of acting surprises and makes you think!

 

 

Good morning, happy Tuesday, and many blessings.

 

Their religious practice lacked compassion and love

 

 

Good morning, happy Monday, and many blessings.

 

The Gospel today (Luke 6:6-11) should be seen in the context of the last sentence of Saturday’s gospel, ‘The Son of Man’ is master of the Sabbath.

 

Today we have the story of how Jesus has his priorities right. He wonderfully restored a withered hand to normality. The scribes and Pharisees are caught up with protocol and structures of the Law and miss the point completely of the need of someone who is handicapped.

 

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