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Are you exercising your authority correctly?



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The Gospel today (Matthew 21:23-27) describes the conflict that Jesus had with the religious authority of the time, after that He drove out the merchants from the Temple. The priests and the elders of the people wanted to know with which authority Jesus was doing those things: to go into the Temple and drive out the merchants (cf. Mt


). The authority considered itself the master of all and thought that nobody could do anything without their permission.


The kingdom belongs to those who like Jesus, have the courage to create community



Good morning, happy Thursday, and many blessings.


In today’s Gospel (Matthew


), Jesus gives an opinion on John the Baptist. Compared to the persons of the Old Testament, there is no one greater than John. John is the greatest of all: greater than Jeremiah, greater than Abraham, greater than Isaiah! But, compared to the New Testament, John is inferior to all. The smallest in the Kingdom is greater than John! How can we understand this apparently contradictory qualification that Jesus makes about John?


An easy yoke



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The Gospel today is composed of only three verses (Mt 11:28-30) which form part of a brief literary unit, one of the most beautiful ones, in which Jesus thanks the Father for having revealed the wisdom of the Kingdom to the little children and because He has hidden it from the doctors and the wise (Mt 11:25-30). 


Following Jesus means striving to be like Him



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There are many viewpoints from which we could study the story of the angel's announcement of Jesus' birth in Luke 1:26-38. For example, we could examine what it tells us about Jesus: that he will be the Messiah, the heir of David's ancient throne (


), that he is of both divine and human origin (


), and is both figuratively and literally God's Son (


A legitimate disobedience



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Listen with the ear of the heart!



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Today’s Gospel (Matthew 7:21, 24-27) narrates the end of the discourse on the mountain. The discourse on the mountain is a new reading of the Law of God. It begins with the Beatitudes (Matthew 5: 1-12) and ends with the house built on the rock.


What is the joy of Jesus?



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In one-way today’s Gospel (Luke 10:21-24) reveals the depth of the Heart of Jesus, the reason for his joy. The disciples had gone on the mission, and when they return, they share with Jesus the joy of their missionary experience (Lk 10, 17, 21). Likewise, this Gospel reminds us that with salvation comes the responsibility to join the task of sharing the good news with those who have not yet heard. Some will go great distances, others will share with friends and neighbors, but we are all called 


Who do I want to intercede for today?



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Today’s Gospel (Matthew 8:5-11) is a mirror. It reminds us of the words we say during the Mass at the moment of communion: “Lord, I am not worthy that You should enter my house,  only say the word and I will be healed”.  Looking at this text more closely it suggests the following:


Apocalyptically speaking, no one here gives up.

Apocalyptically speaking, no one here gives up.


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The Gospel today (Luke 21:29-33) presents the final recommendations of the Apocalyptic Discourse. Jesus insists on two points: (a) the attention which should be given to the signs of the times (Lk 21: 29-31) and (b) hope founded on the firmness of the word of God which drives away fear and despair (Lk 21: 32-33).


You have to have courage and lift your head



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In today’s Gospel (Luke 21:20-28) we have the continuation of the Apocalyptic Discourse which gives two signs, the 7th and the 8th, which should take place before the end of time or better before the coming of the end of this world in order to give place to the new world, to the “new Heavens and the New Earth” (Is 65, 17). The seventh sign is the destruction of Jerusalem and the eighth is the upsetting of the old creation.



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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