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The Red Corner of Fr. Luis

Have you ever been confounded by something that God has done in your life?

 

 

Reading: When it was time for Elizabeth to have her baby, she gave birth to a son. Luke 1:57.

 

Good morning, happy Thursday, and many blessings.

 

With today Gospel (Luke 1:57-66, 80), we interrupt the teaching on the Kingdom of God in order to celebrate the birthday of John the Baptist. His parents are models of faith and trust in God. It had been revealed to them that they should call the child John, and they do so, even in the face of criticism and misunderstanding on the part of their relatives and neighbors.

 

Are You on the right way?

 

 

Reading: So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you… Matthew 7:12a…

 

Good morning, happy Tuesday, and many blessings.

 

Today’s passage (Matthew 7: 6, 12-14) contains three apparently unrelated teachings of Jesus.

 

Am I quick to notice what others do wrong, but not so quick to recognize the same failings, or worse, in myself?

 

 

Reading “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? Matthew 7:3.

 

Good morning, happy Monday, and many blessings.

 

Prayer is a time of relaxing into the mystery of God’s love

 

 

Reading: God knows what you need before you ask him (Matthew 6:7b.

 

Good morning, happy Thursday, and many blessings.

 

Today’s gospel (Matthew 6:7-15) reading begins with Jesus telling his disciples that they should not babble their prayers like the pagans do. The pagans may think that more words are better and they may hope that many words will bring them a favorable response from their gods.

 

Jesus instructs us not to be show-offs

 

 

Reading: Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of others to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven. Matthew 6:1.

 

Good morning, happy Wednesday, and many blessings.

 

In today’s Gospel (Matthew 6:1-6,16-18) Jesus instructs us not to be show-offs.  This passage begins with Jesus instructing His disciples: “When you give alms, do it quietly.  If you wish to pray, go into your room, and close the door.  Your Father who sees in secret may reward you.”

 

We are not to be selective about whom we love

 

 

Reading: You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you. Matthew 5:43-44.

 

Good morning, happy Tuesday, and many blessings.

 

No debemos ser selectiv@s sobre a quién amamos

 

 

Lectura: Has oído que se dijo: "Ama a tu prójimo y odia a tu enemigo". Pero yo te digo, ama a tus enemigos y ora por los que te persiguen. Mateo 5: 43-44.

 

Buenos días, feliz martes y muchas bendiciones.

 

Resisting revenge

 

 

Reading: You have heard that it was said, ‘Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth. But I tell you, do not resist an evil person. If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to them the other cheek also. Matthew 5:38-39.

 

Good morning, happy Monday, and many blessings.

 

Today I reflect on the burdens I am carrying. I bring them to Jesus

 

 

Reading: Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28.

 

Good morning, happy Friday.

 

In today’s Gospel (Matthew 11:25-30) we learn that the people who were listening to Jesus’ words seem weary. Jesus’ words sound like a stream of living water. These people are not powerful, they are not educated, however they are able to understand Jesus’ message. I pause and think about the fact that I have been entrusted with this message. I give thanks for that.

 

To forgive and be reconciled with others

 

 

Reading: Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother or sister has something against you,  leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to them; then come and offer your gift. Matthew 5:23-24.

 

Good morning, happy Thursday, and many blessings.

 

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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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