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Don´t be afried

Good morning, happy Monday and blessings my dear Holyrood family. 


First, I remind you that today we have Community Mass in Spanish at 12:00 pm. Let’s worship together. And, on the other hand, in the Ash Wednesday prelude we will be today reflecting on the theme of discouragement in the context of the writing of John 16:33 where Jesus tells us: These things I have spoken to you so that in You have peace. In the world you have tribulation; But trust, I have defeated the world.


I have no doubt when I say that the Christian person should be very careful with the disease of discouragement. Allow me to illustrate: A group of frogs was going through a forest and two of them fell into a very deep hole, the rest of the frogs gathered around the hole and seeing that it was very deep, they told the two frogs to give up and die. The two frogs ignored the comments and tried to jump with all their strength to get out of the hole, while the others continued to tell them to stop, to give up for dead. Finally, one of the frogs gave up, dropped to the ground and died. The other frog continued to jump as hard as she could, while the other frogs yelled at her not to suffer trying to get out and to let herself die, the frog jumped harder and harder, until she managed to get out. "This frog was deaf," so she had always thought  that her companions encouraged her to get out of the hole.


History teaches us two lessons: Our mouth has the power of life and death, a word of encouragement to someone who is going through a bad time can revive this person and help him/her get ahead. A destructive word may be all that is needed to kill this person. Let's be careful with what we say. May your mouth always have a word of encouragement for all those people who cross your path.


Just like the frog that was inside the hole, so is the people out there and in here. Some giving up and others who do not listen to the message of discouragement. Let us remember the words of Jesus in the Gospel of John: In the world you have tribulation; But trust, I have defeated the world.




Luis +




Date news: 
Monday, February 24, 2020 - 09:45

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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