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The Red Corner of Fr. Luis

Jesus wants us to act mindfully, deliberately, and lovingly!

Reading: Now when Jesus saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to him, and he began to teach them. Matthew 5:1-2.
Good morning, happy Monday, and many blessings my dear family.
In today’s Gospel (Matthew 5:1-12) Jesus is teaching his disciples. In his teaching, he gifts them with the Beatitudes. We all are familiar with the Beatitudes. However, do we take the time to sit with these beautiful teachings and ask ourselves: “How do I strive to be a living example of this beatitude?”

Every time we meet another person, we bring God to each other; let us also bring joy.

Reading:  At that time Mary got ready and hurried to a town in the hill country of Judea, where she entered Zechariah’s home and greeted Elizabeth. John 1:39-40.
Good morning, happy Tuesday, and many blessings my dear family.

Is faith a challenge for me?

Reading: “Do you now believe?” Jesus replied.  “A time is coming and in fact has come when you will be scattered, each to your own home. You will leave me all alone. Yet I am not alone, for my Father is with me. John 16: 31-32.
Good morning, happy Monday, and many blessings my dear family.
In the Gospel reading for today (John 16:29-33), Jesus continues to prepare the disciples for His departure from them and from this world. The disciples believe that they completely understand what Jesus is talking about. Jesus asks them: “Do you truly believe?”

I remind myself to move from my head to my heart, where the Holy Spirit will guide me into the truth of whatever Jesus has to say to me.

Reading: They kept asking, “What does he mean by ‘a little while’? We don’t understand what he is saying.” John 16:18.
Good morning, happy Thursday, and many blessings my dear family.
In today’s Gospel (John 16:16-20) Jesus told his disciples: “For a little while you will not see me, but after a while you will see me.”  The disciples looked at one another and asked: “What does Jesus mean when he says he is going to the Father?  Is he going to leave us for a time?  And how much time is a little time?  The disciples were confused by Jesus’ words.

Just as Jesus give support his disciples; Jesus also supports us.

Reading: But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come. John 16:13.
Good morning, happy Wednesday, and many blessings my dear family.

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.
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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
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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.


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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