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Holy Saturday is a day of silence and stillness, waiting and wondering, remembering, and hoping.

Reading: Joseph took the body, wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, and placed it in his own new tomb that he had cut out of the rock. He rolled a big stone in front of the entrance to the tomb and went away. Matthew 27:59-60.
Good morning, happy Holy Saturday, and many blessings my dear family. Remember that we have mass ate 7:00pm today.

Good Friday puts the cross before me and challenges me not to look away

Reading:  Because it was the Jewish day of Preparation and since the tomb was nearby, they laid Jesus there. John 19:42.
Good morning, Happy Holy Friday, and many blessings my dear family.
In reflecting on the Passion (John 18:1–19:42), St Ignatius invites us to notice how Jesus’ divinity is hidden. He allows others to treat him unjustly, violently, to be abused, insulted, manhandled. And all this for me.

 The themes of Holy Thursday are love and service


Reading:  …rose from supper. He laid aside his outer garments, and taking a towel, tied it around his waist. Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples' feet and to wipe them with the towel that was wrapped around him… John 13:4-5.

Good morning, happy Thursday, and many blessings my dear family. Remember, today we have mass at 7:00pm. 

Have there been times in our lives when we also have betrayed Jesus?

Reading:  Then one of the twelve, named Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests  and said, “What are you willing to give me]to betray Him to you?” Matthew 26:14-15.
Good morning, happy Wednesday, and many blessings my dear family.

What do we believe about Jesus?

Reading: Though you do not know him, I know him. If I said I did not, I would be a liar like you, but I do know him and obey his word. John 8:55.
Good morning, Happy Thursday, and many blessings my dear family.

We cannot come to a knowledge of Christ without first of all understanding the truth of who he is.


Reading: “Who are you?” they asked. “Just what I have been telling you from the beginning,” Jesus replied. John 8:25.

Good morning, Happy Tuesday, and many blessings my dear family.
In today’s Gospel (John 8:21-30) Jesus continues his interaction with the Pharisees by telling the Pharisees that he will be going away. Jesus must have stunned them when he tells them that they will die in their sin. Ask yourself: how would you react if someone told you that? Jesus follows that blunt statement by telling them that where he is going, they will not be able to go.

Jesus points out that his listeners have a blind mentality.

Reading: If you believed Moses, you would believe me, for he wrote about me. But since you do not believe what he wrote, how are you going to believe what I say?” John 5:46-47.
Good morning, happy Thursday, and many blessings my dear family.
Today’s Gospel (John 5:31-47) is a continuation of the “grilling” that Jesus received from the Jews in yesterday’s passage.  Jesus says to them: “If I testify on my own behalf, my testimony is not true.  However, there is another who testifies on my behalf.” 

“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.


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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