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Discipleship is about personal sacrifice



Reading: I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore, be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves. Matthew 10: 16.


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


In our gospel readings for the past couple of days, Jesus is getting his apostles ready for their first mission without him. He gave them authority over evil spirits and to drive out disease. He also provided marching orders on how they were to proceed from town to town.


We need to become radical disciples



Reading: As you go, proclaim this message: ‘The kingdom of heaven has come near. Matthew 10:7.


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


In today’s Gospel (Matthew 10:7-15), Jesus continues his instruction to his disciples.  He tells them that they should proclaim this message: “The Kingdom of heaven is at hand.”  Jesus empowers the disciples to cure the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, and drive out demons.


Each of us has the ability to gift another person with our care, love, and attention


Reading: Jesus called his twelve disciples to him and gave them authority to drive out impure spirits and to heal every disease and sickness. Matthew 10:1.


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


Jesus is calling us to go out and care for the people who are in need



Reading: Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.” Matthew 9: 37-38.


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


Jesus came for us to have life, and life in abundance



Reading: When Jesus entered the synagogue leader’s house and saw the noisy crowd and people playing pipes, he said, “Go away. The girl is not dead but asleep.” Matthew 9:23-24a.


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


Today’s Gospel (Matthew 9:18-26) presents us with various circles of ‘distance from’ versus ‘depth of’ religious belief. On the outermost circle are the bystanders who could only scoff at even the possibility of a miracle.


Is there a critical scribe within us? I assume so.



Reading: And at once some of the scribes said within themselves, “This Man blasphemes!” Matthew 9:3.


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


In today’s passage from Matthew (9:1-8), Jesus returned to his hometown. When the townspeople heard that Jesus was home, they brought a paralytic to Him, carrying the man on a stretcher.  Clearly these people had faith in Jesus’ power to heal this man.  Jesus said to the paralytic: “Child, have courage; your sins are forgiven.”


Who is Jesus for me?



Reading: When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?” Matthew 16:13.


Good morning, happy Tuesday, and many blessings.


To follow Jesus means to be prepared to be with him in bad times as well as good



Reading: Jesus replied, “Foxes have dens and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.” Matthew 8:20.


Good morning, happy Monday, and many blessings.


In today’s Gospel (Matthew 8:18-22) Jesus challenges us with the seriousness of our decision to follow him. Notice too that the love that lasts is what matters in his commitment to you as it does in yours to him. He does not hide the implications of your decision to follow him and that your commitment to him must go beyond a short term emotional one.


What is your “leprosy,” your “disease?”

When Jesus came down from the mountainside, large crowds followed him. A man with leprosy came and knelt before him and said, “Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean.” WhatMatthew 8:1-2.
Good morning, happy Friday, and many blessings.
In today’s Gospel (Matthew 8:1-4), Jesus comes down from the mountain. As always, a great crowd followed him. A leper approached Jesus. He paid Jesus homage and then said: “Lord, if you wish, you can make me clean!” Apparently, the leper had heard of the miracles and cures that Jesus had done.

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.



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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