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The Red Corner of Fr. Luis

Many people are called, but few are chosen


Good morning, happy Thursday, and many blessings.


Jesus' inclusion of the woman



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In this gospel (Matthew 19:3-12), the Pharisees engage Jesus on the notion of marriage about which there was much controversy. All agreed that a man could divorce his wife. The dispute was about the grounds on which a man could divorce his wife. To be clear, the woman could not do the same.


Infinite forgiveness



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In yesterday’s Gospel we have heard the words of Jesus concerning fraternal correction (Matthew ‪18:15-20‬). In the Gospel today (Matthew 18:21-19:1) the central theme is pardon and reconciliation.

Reconciliation recipe



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Service makes us more humble



Good morning, happy Tuesday, and many blessings.


The Gospel today (Matthew 18: 1-5. 10. 12-14) gives the first part of the discourse on the community (Mt 18:1-14) which has as key word “the little ones”. The little ones are not only the children, but also the poor, those who are not important in society and in the community, and also the children. Jesus asks that these “little ones” should always be the center of the concern of the communities because “The Father in Heaven does not will that one of these little ones should be lost” (Mt ‪18:14‬).

The practice of peace with justice



Good morning, happy Monday, and many blessings.


The five verses of today’s Gospel speak about two very different themes between them. (a) The second announcement of the passion, death, and resurrection of Jesus (Mt ‪17:22-23‬); and (b) they report Jesus’ conversation with Peter about paying the taxes and the dues to the temple (Mt 17:24-27). Is a story about dead and taxes.


There is satisfying life in Jesus


Go up in prayer, but you must go down to practice it



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Mystery marks this transfiguration scene (Matthew 17:1-9). Jesus is transfigured. Moses and Elijah appear and then strangely disappear. Peter is perplexed. James and John are anonymous. The disciples are overcome with admiration. Jesus tells them to say nothing about what has happened! Mystery and divine presence are pervasive.