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Use What God Has Given to You / Use lo que Dios te Ha Regalado

Posted by Maria Ruiz on 11/21/17

 Use What God Has Given to You

Proverbs 31:10-13,19-20,30-31     1 Thessalonians 5:1-6     Matthew 25:14-30

  In today’s Gospel parable we see people who have received gifts from God not all the same ones or the same amount, but all have received talents.  This affords us the opportunity to reflect ... Read More »

Setting a Good Example / Dar un Buen Ejemplo

Posted by Maria Ruiz on 11/03/17

Setting a Good Example

Malachi 1:14-2:2b,8-10 1 Thessalonians 2:7-9,13 Matthew 23:1-12

Jesus gives a stinging rebuke to the leaders of the people in today’s Gospel reading. He tells the people to respect their authority, but not to follow their example. This gives us an opportunity to reflect on the ... Read More »

ENCOURAGE DEEPER UNDERSTANDING OF SCRIPTURE/ INCENTIVAR UN ENTENDIMIENTO MÁS PROFUNDO DE LA ESCRITURA

Posted by Maria Ruiz on 10/06/17

Encourage Deeper Understanding of Scripture

Now we hear the second of the three parables we indicated last Sunday: the murderous vinedressers. The parable is a good example of how violence generates more violence. The farmers who rented the vineyard thought that killing the servants of the owner was the ... Read More »

Struggling to say “YES” / Luchando por decir “SI”

Posted by Maria Ruiz on 9/28/17

Struggling to say “YES” Ezekiel 18:25-28     Philippians 2:1-11     Matthew 21:28-32

We see two sons responding to their father’s request today, one just says “yes” without actually doing what the father asks and the other initially says “no” but has a change of heart and ends up doing his father’s ... Read More »

Do it Now Before it’s Too Late/ Hagalo Ahora Antes Que Sea Muy Tarde

Posted by Maria Ruiz on 9/28/17

Do it Now Before it’s Too Late Isaiah 55:6-9     Philippians 1:20-24,27     Matthew 20:1-16

So many people fall into the trap of procrastination.  We say, “Oh, not now, I’ll take care of it later.”  Then “later” never arrives or it’s too late.  Isaiah tells his listeners to seek God now ... Read More »

FORGIVE YOUR BROTHER/SISTER FROM YOUR HEART / PERDONA A TU HERMAN@ DE TU CORAZON

Posted by Maria Ruiz on 9/15/17

Forgive your brother/sister from your heart

An essential part of our Christian living is forgiveness of others.  Just as God is patient and forgives us, so we must be with others.  At the conclusion of this Sunday’s Gospel we hear that God will not forgive us if we don’t ... Read More »

GETTING IN SHAPE/PONERSE EN FORMA

Posted by Maria Ruiz on 8/31/17

 Jeremiah 20:7-10     Romans 12:1-2     Matthew 16:21-27

This is not an admonition to go exercise.  If you need to, well, that’s up to you to decide.  This is, though, about getting in shape as far as discipleship is concerned.

     St. Paul reminds us that we must avoid being conformed ... Read More »

Be Still/Silencio

Posted by Kendra Shattuck on 8/10/17

Be Still/Silencio

1 Kings 19:11-13     Romans 9:1-5     Matthew 14:22-33

Many People have a hard time with silence and they always have to have noise and sounds and music and talking going on.  Yet, silence is so important for us.  We have to be able to be still and let ... Read More »