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The Red Corner of Fr. Luis

“Do you want to be healed?“

 
Reading: When Jesus saw him lying there and learned that he had been in this condition for a long time, he asked him, “Do you want to get well?” John 5:6.
 
Good morning, happy Tuesday, and many blessings my dear family.
 

Some people think that faith means doing things without thinking or planning.

 
Reading: The royal official said to him, “Sir, come down before my child dies.” Jesus said to him, “You may go; your son will live.” The man believed what Jesus said to him and left. John 4:49-50.
 
Good morning, happy Monday, and many blessings my dear family.
 

Lack of forgiveness usually has more effect on us than on the individual we need to forgive.

 
Reading: Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Up to seven times?” Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times. Matthew 18:21-22.
 
Good morning, happy Tuesday, and many blessings my dear family.
 

If our service or help to other flows from our love and our desire to help them, God also is there!

 
Reading: Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be your slave. Matthew 20:26-27.
 
Good morning, happy Wednesday, and many blessings my dear family.
 

A Warning Against Hypocrisy

Reading: Everything they do is done for people to see: They make their phylacteries[a] wide and the tassels on their garments long…Matthew 23:5.
 
Good morning, happy Tuesday, and many blessings my dear family.
 
In today’s Gospel (Matthew 23:1-12) Jesus is being very critical of the Pharisees and the scribes.  First, Jesus tells his listeners that they should observe the teachings of the Pharisees.  He has no problem with their teaching because their teachings are correct.  However, Jesus does not want his disciples to follow the example of the Pharisees.

How good are you at asking God for help?

 
Reading: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. Matthew 7:7.
 
Good morning, happy Thursday, and many blessings my dear family.
 
In today’s Gospel (Matthew 7:7-12) Jesus continues His teaching of the disciples today. He begins by instructing them to “ask.” Jesus promises that if we ask, we will find what we are seeking for. He continues by saying that if we ask, it will be given to us and if we knock, the door will be opened for us!

Jonah is the sign of God’s care for all

 
Reading: As the crowds increased, Jesus said, “This is a wicked generation. It asks for a sign, but none will be given it except the sign of Jonah. Luke 11:29.
 
Good morning, happy Wednesday, and many blessings my dear family.
 

Jesus makes it clear that what we do or do not do for others is a significant determining factor for our future.

 
Reading: He will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me. Matthew 25:45.
 
Good morning, Happy Monday, and many blessings my dear family.
 

The disciples did not realize that following Jesus might become dangerous!

  Reading: Then he said to them all: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me. Luke 9:23.   Good morning, happy Thursday, and many blessings my dear family.   The beginning of today’s Gospel (Luke 9:22-25) is stark.

Lent is a time to step back and examine our lives.

 
Reading: Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of others to be seen by them. Matthew 6:1a.
 
Good morning, Happy Wednesday, and many blessings my dear family. I remind you that today we have the celebration of Ash Wednesday with a trilingual mass at 7:00 pm, in person and online. And from 9:00am to 7:00pm we are sharing the ashes for the road.
 

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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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