Browsing the 2018 archive of The Pastor's Corner

Authority / Autoridad

Posted by Maria Ruiz on 10/19/18

Proper Use of Authority Isaiah 53:10-11     Hebrews 4:14-16     Mark 10:35-45

  The people of our world know very well how the improper or abuse of authority has disastrous effects.  Families can be harmed, nations bitterly divided, human rights and dignity abused, natural habitats destroyed and churches wounded.  Improper use ... Read More »

Holy Wisdom | Santa Sabiduria

Posted by Maria Ruiz on 10/15/18

Holy Wisdom, our true treasure Wisdom 7:-11     Hebrews 4:12-13     Mark 10:17-30

   We can all dream about treasures: abundant food and drink, amazing homes, vacation houses in wonderful places, plenty of money in the bank, owning beautiful things, the power and ability to do anything we want.  But what ... Read More »

Faith and Works/ Fe y Obras

Posted by Maria Ruiz on 9/20/18

Faith and Works Isaiah 50:4-9     James 2:14-18     Mark 8:27-35

How do we show that we are Christians?  How do we live as people promised the gift of salvation?  Peter in the Gospel makes an important profession of faith in Jesus as the Christ, a profession we should all make ... Read More »


Posted by Maria Ruiz on 9/09/18

Ephphatha! Isaiah 35;4-7     James 2:1-5     Mark 7:31-37

         A deaf person with a speech impediment is brought to Jesus.  Jesus, rather dramatically, restores the person’s hearing and speech uttering the prayer/word “Ephphatha” (meaning “Be opened!). 

          Jesus says the same to us.  What needs to be opened?  Perhaps you ... Read More »

It's Not Easy | No es Facil

Posted by Maria Ruiz on 8/24/18

He never said it was going to be easy Joshua 24:1-2,15-18     Ephesians 5:21-32     John 6:60-69

  Being a follower of Jesus and living the message of the Gospel is not easy.  When did he ever say it was going to be easy?  He actually told it that it would ... Read More »

August 19 - Wisdom | 19 de agosto - Sabiduria

Posted by Maria Ruiz on 8/18/18


Proverbs 9:1-6 Ephesians 5:15-20 John 6:51-58 

Holy Wisdom (“Sophia”) has constructed her house so that we, as God’s children, can be nourished to advance in the way of understanding. Sophia (a feminine image of God) seeks us out to come to her banquet of ... Read More »

Sunday, July 1 | Domingo, Primero de Julio

Posted by Maria Ruiz on 7/02/18

REACH OUT AND TOUCH SOMEONEWisdom 1:13-15; 2:23-24 2 Corinthians 8:7,9,13-15 Mark 5:21-43     

There is something important to the human touch. Infants need to touched lovingly and cuddled. Sometimes the best medicine is a good hug from a friend or loved one. Those who are in love hold ... Read More »

June 10 - Ophidiophobia | 10 de Junio - Ofidiofobia

Posted by Maria Ruiz on 6/07/18

Ophidiophobia Genesis 3:9-15     2 Corinthians 4:13-5:1     Mark 3:20-35

     A recent survey shows that 51% of people’s number one fear is… snakes (ophidiophobia).  I know people who not only refuse to be near or touch a snake but will cover their eyes or change the TV station if there’s a ... Read More »

June 3 - The Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ | 3 de Junio - La Solemnidad del Cuerpo y Sangre de Cristo

Posted by Maria Ruiz on 6/07/18

The Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ

Exodus 24:3-8     Hebrews 9:11-15     Mark 14:12-16,22-26

We celebrate today the great feast celebrating the tremendous gift that leads us to holiness: the Eucharist.  The celebration of the Eucharist is a fundamental aspect of our Catholic faith and today ... Read More »

Holy Trinity Sunday – Domingo de la Santísima Trinidad

Posted by Maria Ruiz on 5/25/18

Holy Trinity Sunday

Deuteronomy 4:32-34,39-40     Romans 8:14-17     Matthew 28:16-20

As we re-enter Ordinary Time we pause this Sunday to reflect on and celebrate our faith in the holy Trinity, one of the most fundamental doctrines of Christianity.  May our reflecting on the oneness of the Triune God empower us to ... Read More »