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Good morning, happy Thursday and blessings.


Jonah, in the Hebrew Bible is a prophet of the northern kingdom of Israel in about the 8th century BCE. He is the central figure of the Book of Jonah, in which he is called upon by God to travel to Nineveh and warn its residents of impending divine wrath. In Jonah 1:1 “The word of the Lord came to Jonah…” and there are some lessons from Jonah that I want to share with you because I feel that God is also calling you.


God speaks to us: God speaks, but are we listening? Are you seeking God’s direction? The word of the Lord came to Jonah…because God had something to say. God has something to say to you, but you have to make yourself available to receive it.


We have a specific purpose: You were created with a mission. What is your dream? What is your mission? You have to understand your “why” in life.  If you don’t understand your “why” you will never know the “how”. Jonah was called to specifically go to Nineveh. You are called by God to do something very meaningful in life, never lose sight of that meaning.


Don’t run from your purpose: Jonah held something bitter against Nineveh. It was possibly judgment, offense, anger, etc.… Understand that historically Nineveh was an extremely brutal place. He didn’t want to go. What keeps you from running after your WHY? Don’t let fear sabotage the mission God has planted in your heart. You have to much to offer this world.


God will always provide a way: What seems to be impossible to us is easily possible to God. God calls us to accomplish the impossible. Your mission in life will seem impossible at times. The road ahead will seem insurmountable. But God will call you to something impossible to show you what’s actually possible. God will never call you to something you can’t accomplish.


Don’t live a life of complaining. Complaining only contaminates life. There is NO FRUIT in complaining. To complain about what you DON’T have is to WASTE what you do have. Live a life of gratitude and you’ll always be full of joy.


And, though you may have started wrong, you can always finish strong. I love the old statement that states, “Though you can’t go back and make a brand-new start my friend, you can start now and make a brand new end.” Lift up your head, God is the glory and lifter of our heads (Psalm 3:3). Shake off the dust and get going in the plans God has for you. It’s never too late to be all that God has called you to be.


No matter what the problems are or challenges you are facing today, with or without Coronavirus God is calling you… respond, please.




Fr. Luis+

Date news: 
Thursday, April 2, 2020 - 23:15

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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