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Jesus weds power and authority with compassionate love and humble service

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Reading:  He told them: “Take nothing for the journey—no staff, no bag, no bread, no money, no extra shirt. Luke 9: 3.
 
Good morning, happy Wednesday, and many blessings my dear family.
 
Luke in this Gospel (Luke 9:1-6) brings the 12 into the forefront of the narrative; they are presented as sharing in the Mission of Christ; they are no longer merely disciples but are given the task of doing what Jesus does; to exercise authority over unclean spirits, curing diseases and proclaiming the kingdom of God.
 

Jesus did not walk with holy people, but with people like you and me.

 
Reading: As Jesus went on from there, he saw a man named Matthew sitting at the tax collector’s booth. “Follow me,” he told him, and Matthew got up and followed him. Matthew 9:9.
 
Good morning, happy Tuesday, and many blessings my dear family.
 
In today’s Gospel (Matthew 9:9-13) we celebrate the feast of St. Matthew. The Gospel reading for today is “the call of Matthew.” Jesus saw Matthew as he walked by Matthew’s custom post. Jesus simply said to Matthew, “follow me,” and immediately, Matthew got up and followed Jesus.

When loving others, we express our love of God

 
Reading: No one lights a lamp and hides it in a clay jar or puts it under a bed. Instead, they put it on a stand, so that those who come in can see the light. Luke 8:16.
 
Good morning, happy Monday, and many blessings my dear family.
 
Today’s Gospel (Luke 8:16-18) is very short; it is just a few verses. In this Gospel, Jesus is instructing his disciples that the purpose of the light is to illuminate the room in which it is placed. Thus, the lamp should be well placed so that the entire space is illuminated.
 

Jesus always understood his mission as something to be carried out with others, never on his own.

 
Reading: After this, Jesus traveled about from one town and village to another, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom of God.
 
Good morning, happy Friday, and many blessings my dear family.
 

Today I ask to be merciful like Jesus.

 
Reading: Jesus said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.” Luke 7:50.
 
Good morning, happy Thursday, and many blessings my dear family.
 
Today’s Gospel (Luke 7:36-50) begins with a Pharisee inviting Jesus to dinner. Jesus entered the Pharisee’s home and reclined at table. Then unexpectedly a woman appears behind Jesus. Luke writes: “She was a sinful woman.” The woman had heard that Jesus was in the city and when she found out that he was at the home of the Pharisee, she immediately went to the house and entered.

Taking the crucified people from the cross.

 
Reading: For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. John 3:17.
 
Good morning, happy Tuesday, and many blessings my dear family.
 

What can we do to promote justice for those in need of it today?

 
Reading: There a centurion’s servant, whom his master valued highly, was sick and about to die. The centurion heard of Jesus and sent some elders of the Jews to him, asking him to come and heal his servant. Luke 7:2-3.
 
Good morning, happy Monday, and many blessings my dear family.
 

Jesus invites us to respond to the world as he did.

Reading: But to you who are listening I say: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. Luke 6:27.
 
Good morning, happy Thursday, and many blessings my dear family.
 

God’s mercy means doing justice for the poorest and the most humiliated.

Reading: Woe to you when everyone speaks well of you, for that is how their ancestors treated the false prophets. Luke 6:26.
 
Good morning, happy Wednesday, and many blessings my dear family.
 

Jesus chose and called his disciples after some time of prayer.

Reading: One of those days Jesus went out to a mountainside to pray, and spent the night praying to God. Luke 6:12.
 
Good morning, happy Tuesday, and many blessings my dear family.
 
Today’s Gospel (Luke 6:12-19) begins with Jesus going up the mountain to pray. Jesus spent the whole night in prayer. It is immediately after this time of deep solitude and prayer that he called the twelve apostles. It is at this point Jesus began to preach, to teach, and to heal.
 

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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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