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Ordinary people with big responsibilities



Good morning, happy Friday, and many blessings.


The Gospel today (Mark 3:13-19) describes the acceptance and mission of the twelve apostles. Jesus begins with two disciples to whom He adds two others. Gradually, the number increased. Luke tells us that He called the 72 disciples so as to go on mission with Him (Luke 10:1).


The compassion of Jesus moves the people



Good morning, happy Thursday, and many blessings.


In our Gospel reading today, Mark 3:7-12, we get an insight into what Jesus’ ministry was like, and the impact it had.  How the crowds flocked to Jesus from all the regions surrounding Galilee to hear Jesus preach, to bring the sick to be healed and the demon possessed to be delivered.

So many people flocked to Jesus that he ordered his disciples to get a small boat ready for him, to keep the people from crowding him, such was the hunger and desire people had to be near Jesus. 


Our love for God is expressed precisely in how we treat others



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Jesus ushers in a new era in which God wants to relate to us



Good morning, happy Monday, and many blessings.


Let's make a hole in the ceiling



Good morning, happy Friday, and many blessings.


Today’s gospel (Mark 2:1-12) lesson is all about what we see, and what we don’t see. As a matter of fact, the whole church season of Epiphany leads us through the gospel accounts of Jesus’ earthly ministry and helps us look through the darkness to see if what we’re learning about this Jesus sheds any light on our own human experience. Let’s take a look and try to figure out what it is we are seeing here in Mark’s gospel.


Jesus transgresses the rules of his religion and touches the leper



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We have been called to serve



Good morning, happy Wednesday, and many blessings.


In today’s Gospel (Mark 1:29-39) Jesus restores life for the service. After having participated in the celebration of Saturday in the Synagogue, Jesus went to Peter’s house and cured his mother-in-law. Once healed, she gets up, with her health restored and having recovered her dignity, and she begins to serve. Jesus does not only heal the person, but He does it in such a way that she begins to serve life.


Evil spirits in the Capitol that we have to reprimand



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Change the way you think, feel and act



Good morning, happy Monday, and many blessings.


After John had been arrested, Jesus went to Galilee Mark 1:14-20). There He proclaimed the Gospel of God. John was arrested by King Herod for having denounced the immoral behavior of the King (Lk 3:18-20). The imprisonment of John the Baptist did not frighten Jesus! On the contrary, in that event He saw a symbol of the coming of the Kingdom. Today, would  we know how to read the facts of politics and of urban violence to announce or proclaim the Good News of God?


Compassion is a dimension of spirituality



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In Mark’s Gospel (mark 6:34-44), the multiplication of the loaves is very important. It is mentioned twice: here and in Mk 8:1-9. And Jesus Himself questions the disciples on the multiplication of the loaves (Mk 8:14-21). This is why it is worthwhile to observe and to reflect, so as to discover what exactly is the importance of the multiplication of the loaves.



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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