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We have been called to develop a discipleship of presence and service to humanity.

 
Reading: And you also must testify, for you have been with me from the beginning. John 15:27.
 
Good morning, Happy Monday, and many blessings my dear family.
 
Today’s Gospel (John15:26-16:4a) begins with Jesus continuing his conversation with his disciples. He tells them that he will send an “Advocate” to them from his Father. This Advocate will be the Spirit of Truth. Jesus also tells his disciples that the “Advocate” will testify to Jesus. And in turn, the disciples will go forth and testify to others and to the world.

Following Jesus

 
Reading: Jesus said to him, “If I will that he remain till I come, what is that to you? You follow Me.” John 21:22
 
Good morning, happy Thursday, and many blessings my dear family.
 
In today’s Gospel (John 21:20-25) we see Saint Peter poking into the hidden will of God.
Peter has just been told by Jesus that he will suffer death for the sake of Jesus.  Then Peter looks over at Saint John, standing nearby, and Peter asks Jesus, "What about him?" as if to say, "How is he going to die?"
 

The law of love reaches to the four corners of the earth and to the end of time

 
Reading: Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. Matthew 5:17.
 
Good morning, happy Wednesday, and many blessings my dear Holyrood family.
 

 I imagine Jesus sitting with me where I am at this moment, and I hear him saying to me “Do not let your heart be troubled”.

 
Reading: “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. John 14:1.
 
Good morning, Happy Friday, and many blessings my dear family.
 
In today’s Gospel (John 14:1-6) Jesus tells his disciples: “Do not let your hearts be troubled.” Take a moment and check the condition of your heart. Is your heart troubled in any way? If so, about what are you concerned or worried? Have you taken your concern to Jesus? What are you holding in your mind and heart?
 

We are all connected - no one is better than another, all have their own roles in life.

 
Reading: When Jesus had washed the disciples’ feet, he said to them: “Amen, amen, I say to you, no slave is greater than his master nor any messenger greater than the one who sent him. John 13:16.
 
Good morning, Happy Thursday, and many blessings my dear family.
 

Those who identify with Jesus hear his voice and come to know and trust in him

 
Reading: My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. John 10:27.
 
Good morning, Happy Tuesday, and many blessings my dear family.
 
The setting for today’s Gospel (John 10:22-30) is the Temple. Jesus is in the Portico of Solomon and several Jews gathered around him and asked: “How long will you keep us in suspense? Tell us who you are! Are you the Christ?” They desperately wanted to hear Jesus to say to them: “Yes, I am the Christ.”

Do we trust that Jesus will protect us at all costs?

 
Reading: I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved. John 10:9a
 
Good morning, Happy Monday, and many blessings my dear family.
 
In today’s Gospel (John 10:1-10) Jesus again identified himself as a shepherd. The shepherd was the individual who spent most of his life with his sheep. It was his responsibility to protect and lead the sheep.  The shepherd made sure the sheep had sufficient water to drink and grass to eat.  He also protected the sheep from wolves and other predators.

Do you remember a time in your life when you truly experienced being found by Jesus?

 
Reading: I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats this bread will live forever. This bread is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.” John 6:51.
 
Good morning, happy Thursday, and many blessings my dear family.
 

Jesus seeks to draw those who listened to him into a profound relationship.

 
Reading: And Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst. John 6:35.
 
Good morning, happy Wednesday, and many blessings my dear family.
 

Am I really seeking what lasts in my relationships, or am I only after what is frivolous but will soon perish?

Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell you, you are looking for me, not because you saw the signs I performed but because you ate the loaves and had your fill. John 6:26.
 
Good morning, happy Monday, and many blessings my dear family.
 

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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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