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The Red Corner of Fr. Luis

Before we can change, we need our hearts to change.

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In this earthy passage (Mark 7:14-23) Jesus is teaching me that what matters is the state of my heart. Is my heart in good shape? Doctors may worry about an enlarging of my heart, but from a Christian point of view, the enlarging of my heart is the best thing that can happen me! This is because God’s chosen task is to make me grow in love, until my capacity for loving matches that of Jesus. God, don’t let me instead suffer cardiac arrest!

Jesus invites me to consider how I follow God in my heart.

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Whenever we encounter the Pharisees and the scribes, as we do in today's Gospel (Mark 7:1-13), we have a tendency to stereotype them.  We tend to think of Pharisees as these old, stubborn, pompous, men whose main goal in life was to make themselves look good and everybody else look bad.  Because of this, it is good from time-to-time to examine the image we have of the scribes and Pharisees and get a little clearer picture of who we are really dealing with in passages like today's Gospel.

Jesus meets all people in need and restores them



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It’s been a busy season at the Galilean seashore. Comings and goings, revival meetings, feedings, exorcisms and healings of one sort of another. It’s gotten to the point, in fact, that crowds are forming the moment Jesus gets out of the boat.


My unbelief limits Jesus


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The Gospel today (Mark 6:1-6) speaks of the visit of Jesus to Nazareth and describes the obstinacy of the people of Nazareth who do not want to accept Him. Tomorrow the Gospel describes the openness of Jesus toward the people of Galilee, shown through the sending out of His disciples on mission.


My eyes have seen salvation


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Have you ever heard of the old saying, “Good things come to those who wait”? If so, the story of Simeon, Anna and the baby Jesus in the temple in Luke 2:22-40 is a good example. The coming of Christ involved all manner of waiting on God. A young maiden, a dying man and an old widow all model hearts yielded to God.


What's your story?

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What seeds are we planting today?

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It is always beautiful to see Jesus, who sought in life and in events new elements and images which could help people to see and experience the presence of the Kingdom. In today’s Gospel, (Mark 4:26-34) once again, He narrates two brief stories which take place every day in the life of all of us: the story of “the seed that grows by itself” and the story of “the small mustard seed which grows into the biggest shrub”.


The light must be seen and it must glow in the dark



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Commitment is the cornerstone of discipleship



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Social responsibility of the church to the world



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Today’s Gospel (Mark 16:15-18) forms part of the appendix of the Gospel of Mark which presents a list of some apparitions of Jesus: to Magdalene (Mark 16:9-11), to the two disciples who were walking out in the country (Mark 16:12-13) and to the twelve apostles (Mark 16:14-18). This last apparition, together with the description of the Ascension into Heaven (Mark 16:19-20), forms the Gospel for today.



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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