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 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.
 

Those who identify with Jesus hear his voice and come to know and trust in him

 
Reading: My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. John 10:27.
 
Good morning, Happy Tuesday, and many blessings my dear family.
 
The setting for today’s Gospel (John 10:22-30) is the Temple. Jesus is in the Portico of Solomon and several Jews gathered around him and asked: “How long will you keep us in suspense? Tell us who you are! Are you the Christ?” They desperately wanted to hear Jesus to say to them: “Yes, I am the Christ.”

Do we trust that Jesus will protect us at all costs?

 
Reading: I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved. John 10:9a
 
Good morning, Happy Monday, and many blessings my dear family.
 
In today’s Gospel (John 10:1-10) Jesus again identified himself as a shepherd. The shepherd was the individual who spent most of his life with his sheep. It was his responsibility to protect and lead the sheep.  The shepherd made sure the sheep had sufficient water to drink and grass to eat.  He also protected the sheep from wolves and other predators.

Do you remember a time in your life when you truly experienced being found by Jesus?

 
Reading: I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats this bread will live forever. This bread is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.” John 6:51.
 
Good morning, happy Thursday, and many blessings my dear family.
 

Jesus seeks to draw those who listened to him into a profound relationship.

 
Reading: And Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst. John 6:35.
 
Good morning, happy Wednesday, and many blessings my dear family.
 

Am I really seeking what lasts in my relationships, or am I only after what is frivolous but will soon perish?

Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell you, you are looking for me, not because you saw the signs I performed but because you ate the loaves and had your fill. John 6:26.
 
Good morning, happy Monday, and many blessings my dear family.
 

During difficult or painful times, it often is more difficult to trust God.

Reading: For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. John 3:17.
 
Good morning, Happy Wednesday, and many blessings my dear family.
 
Today’s Gospel (John 3:16-21) passage begins with the words: “God so loved the world that God sent the only begotten Son.” I wonder how many times throughout the years we have heard these simple yet powerful words?  We know that Jesus came to earth for us and we know that Jesus died for us, but do we truly grasp and comprehend the depth of God’s love for us?
 

At times, Jesus appears to us in differing guises.

  Reading: Afterward Jesus appeared again to his disciples, by the Sea of Galilee. John 21:1   Good morning, happy Friday, and many blessings my dear family.   In today’s Gospel (John 21:1-14) Simon Peter and several other disciples are walking along the shore of the sea. After a while, Simon decides to go fishing. He was tired of doing nothing. Was he also hoping that Jesus would appear once again and he was tired of waiting? Perhaps the fishing would distract him. It would be better than simply waiting.

At times in our lives, we have been “the disciples on the road to Emmaus”: feeling lost, alone, sad, confused and perhaps angered by our personal Calvary experience.

 
Reading:  That very day two of them were going to a village named Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem, and they were talking with each other about all these things that had happened.
 
Good morning, Happy Wednesday, and many blessings my dear family.,
 

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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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