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The Red Corner of Fr. Luis

Prayer is reflected in our lives.



Good morning, happy Saturday, and blessings.


In John 16 (23b-28) Jesus said to his disciples: "Amen, amen, I say to you, whatever you ask the Father in my name he will give you. Until now you have not asked anything in my name; ask and you will receive, so that your joy may be complete. In this biblical narrative, Jesus establishes the need and importance of prayer.


They are lights of happiness.



Good morning, happy Friday, and blessings.


Today's Gospel (John 16: 20-23a) puts us back to reflecting on joys and sorrows when we are in Christ. I want to contrast it with what Paul says to the church of Rome in his pastoral letter (Romans 14:17): For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.


Jesus turns your sadness into joy.



Good morning, happy Thursday, and many blessings.


A discipleship of service



Good morning, happy Wednesday and blessings.


Shortly before his death, Jesus expressed to a group of his followers and supporters, in John 16: 12-15, that he wanted to tell them many more things, but that they were not yet able to bear (v. 12).


Trust in God.



Good morning, happy Tuesday, and blessings.


In this Gospel (John 16: 5-11) for today there is a phrase that has touched me very deep and that is when Jesus says to the disciples: sadness has filled your heart.


Jesus recognizes and identifies the way his disciples are feeling with the whole issue of farewell and separation between them. Hence the promise of the Comforter, someone who will bring us comfort in the midst of sadness.


Neutrality does not exist


Good morning, happy Saturday, and blessings.


In today’s Gospel (John 15:18-21) Jesus said to his disciples: “If the world hates you, realize that it hated me first. But it is also interesting when Jesus tells us; "If the material world hates you, you know it has hated me before you. This version is taken from the Gospel of Thomas which for me is another source of inspiration and helps us understand what Jesus identifies as the world.


Agape Love



Good morning, happy Friday, and blessings.  


Today’s Gospel (John ‪15:12-17‬) give us a powerful message; When we face a crisis, we, as the body of Christ are mandated to show love for one another, love, not just in word, but in action.


In the midst of adversity, God is using us


Building healthy relationships

Good morning, happy Wednesday, and blessings.


The Gospel for today is from John 15:1-8. Just in case you’re not familiar with this reading: it’s about Jesus being the Vine, and we are the branches. One of Jesus’ most vivid and powerful illustrations for the believer’s relationship with him is the vine and branches.


But what does it mean for us to abide in Jesus as branches in the vine?  I believe three things are implied: connection, dependence, and continuance. Don’t think of these as three successive steps, but as three interwoven aspects of abiding.   

Peace with Justice



Good morning, happy Tuesday, and many blessings.


In today’s Gospel (John 14:27-31a), Jesus comforts his disciples with peace, joy and faith knowing that his death is planned. He comforts his disciples, so they’ll be ready for his crucifixion. They’ll be shocked and scared, but the Holy Spirit will show them all its benefits.