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The Red Corner of Fr. Luis

Liberation comes to a man possessed of a demon.

Be quiet!” Jesus said sternly. “Come out of him!” Then the demon threw the man down before them all and came out without injuring him. Luke 4:35.


Good morning, happy Tuesday, and many blessings my dear family.


It takes courage to admit mistakes.

And the king was exceedingly sorry, but because of his oaths and his guests he did not want to break his word to her. Mark 6:26.
Good morning, happy Monday, and many blessings my dear family.
In today’s Gospel (Mark 6:17-29) we recall the Passion of John the Baptist.  Mark chronicles John’s arrest, imprisonment, and death.  It is a horrific story, and it mirrors the atrocities that we human beings continually perpetrate on one another. 

What do I fear at the moment?

Then Jesus said to Simon, “Don’t be afraid; Luke 5:10b


Good morning, happy Wednesday and many blessings my dear family.


In today’s Gospel (Luke 5:1-11), Jesus called his first disciples.  Jesus was walking by the lake of Gennesaret.  He was standing on the shore when he saw two boats that were close to the shore.  The fisherman had just finished their fishing for the day.  They had gotten out of their boats, and they were washing their nets.


When life is difficult, painful, or confusing, Jesus is with us.

Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away. Luke 21:33.
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Today’s Gospel reading (Luke 21:29-33) is sobering.  Jesus tells his disciples the parable of the fig tree.  He describes the natural cycle of trees from spring through winter.  Jesus uses the metaphor of nature to help us understand his teaching.  We know the cycle of the seasons and we understand the changes that occur with each season.  This analogy enables us to better understand what Jesus is saying to us.

If you’re not feeling His touch upon you, reach out and touch Him.

Just then a woman who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years came up behind him and touched the edge of his cloak. Matthew 9:20.

At various moments in our lives, we need someone to support and encourage us.

When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. In a loud voice she exclaimed: “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the child you will bear! Luke 1:41-42.
Good morning, Happy Monday, and many blessings my dear family.

My dear Holyrood/Santa Cruz family, good morning and blessings.

I want to remind you that February 1, 2023, will be my last day as your pastor friend and fellow priest. It's been 18 months since I gave you the first announcement and now that we're only six months away, I wanted to return to this topic, which for me is very painful. But as I said before, my ministry needs to move in another direction in Puerto Rico and from there you will receive news of how we are giving continuity to the prophetic ministry of Jesus.

What is the rock on which Jesus will build his church: the person of Peter or his faith?

Reading:  And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it. Matthew 16-19.
Good morning, happy Thursday, and many blessings my dear family.

Like the woman in the gospel, I come before Jesus bringing others in my prayer

Reading: A Canaanite woman from that vicinity came to him, crying out, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on me! My daughter is demon-possessed and suffering terribly.”. Matthew 15:22a. 

Good morning, happy Wednesday, and many blessings my dear family. 

What is the “storm” in your life that you hope Jesus will calm?

Reading: Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water, and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!”  Matthew 14:29-30.
Good morning, happy Tuesday, and many blessings my dear family.


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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