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The Red Corner of Fr. Luis

How inclusive and compassionate Jesus is in his ministry!

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.
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With 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. 

The gospel calls us to live in light and truth, no matter what the cost.

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.
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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 was moved by compassion

Reading: When the Lord saw her, his heart went out to her and he said, “Don’t cry.” Luke 7:13.
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The scene for today’s Gospel (Luke 7:11-17) is the gate of the city of Nain. Jesus, his disciples and a crowd of his followers had just arrived in the city. As they came to the city gate, a man who had died was being carried out. This young man was his mother’s only son and she also was a widow. His death left her all alone. What sorrow the mother must have felt!

How deep is our trust in Jesus?

Reading: When Jesus heard these things, he marveled at him, and turning to the crowd that followed him, said, “I tell you, not even in Israel have I found such faith.”
 Luke 7:9.
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Do I challenge my habit of making quick judgments about others?

Reading: “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your sisters or brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? Luke 6:41.
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Bring heaven to earth

Reading: Rejoice in that day, and leap for joy, for behold, your reward is great in heaven; for so their fathers did to the prophets. Luke 6:23.
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Prayer Before Making Decisions


Reading: One of those days Jesus went out to a mountainside to pray, and spent the night praying to God. Luke 6:12.
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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.

Today I may be tempted to criticize another person who is not doing things the way I think they “should” be done.

Reading: They said to him, “John’s disciples often fast and pray, and so do the disciples of the Pharisees, but yours go on eating and drinking.” Luke 5:33.
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In today’s Gospel (Luke 5:33-39) a group of people ask Jesus the following question: “Why do the disciples of John fast often and make prayers, and likewise those of the Pharisees, but Yours eat and drink?”

What do I fear at the moment?

Then Jesus said to Simon, “Don’t be afraid; from now on you will fish for people.” Luke 5:10b.
Good morning, happy Thursday, and many blessings my dear family.
In today’s Gospel (Luke 5:1-11), Jesus calls his first disciples. Jesus was proclaiming the word of God at the Lake of Gennesaret. As he was standing by the lake, he saw two boats on the shore. The fishermen had just come in from the lake. They were washing their nets and cleaning their boats.

God’s healing power restores us not only to health, but also to active service and care of others.

Jesus left the synagogue and went to the home of Simon. Now Simon’s mother-in-law was suffering from a high fever, and they asked Jesus to help her. So, he bent over her and rebuked the fever, and it left her. She got up at once and began to wait on them. Luke 4: 38-39.
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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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