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“I HAVE CALLED YOU FRIENDS”/”LOS HE LLAMADO AMIGOS”

Posted by Maria Ruiz on 5/16/18

“I have called you friends”

Acts 10:25-25,34-35,44-48     1 John 4:7-10     John 15:9-17

     What is your image of Jesus?  Do you see him as a judge?  As a king on a regal heavenly throne?  Is your image of him as your shepherd?  As your Lord?  There are various images ... Read More »

Transformed by Resurrection Faith/TRANSFORMADO POR LA FE DE LA RESURRECCIÓN

Posted by Maria Ruiz on 4/07/18

 Transformed by Resurrection Faith Acts 4:32-35     1 John 5:1-6     John 20:19-31

    In the first reading today we see how the lives of the people of the Early Church were transformed by their faith in the Risen Lord: united in heart and mind, everyone supported each other, the idea ... Read More »

Holy Drama / Drama Sagrada

Posted by Maria Ruiz on 3/26/18

Holy Drama

Isaiah 50:4-7     Philippians 2:6-11     Mark 14:1-15:47

 

  Beginning this Palm Sunday we enter into a special time of holy drama: welcoming crowds, suspicion, betrayal, a sacred meal, love, condemnation, suffering, broken hearts, death and, finally, hope and the empty tomb. 

     Let us maintain throughout this week ... Read More »

Staying Focused / Mantengase Enfocada

Posted by Maria Ruiz on 2/20/18

Staying Focused

Genesis 9:8-15 1 Peter 3:18-22 Mark 1:12-15

For many of us it is very easy to be distracted. We may start out focused on a project that lies before us and then something happens and we do not complete our mission. This is exactly what happens to ... Read More »

Repentance and Love / Arrepentimiento y Amor

Posted by Maria Ruiz on 1/17/18

Repent to be Filled with Love

Jonah 3:1-5, 10                1 Corinthians 7:29-31               Mark 1:14-20

This week the entire Catholic Church is celebrating “The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity January 18-25.”

        Jesus’ proclamation in today’s gospel; “Repent and believe in the Gospel” is like that of ... Read More »

WHAT ARE YOU REALLY LOOKING FOR?

Posted by Maria Ruiz on 1/08/18

Isaiah 60:1-6     Ephesians 3:2-3,5-6     Matthew 2:1-12

As we begin this new year we can ask ourselves this Epiphany-themed reflection question: What am I really looking for?  Wealth can be nice, but there’s no guarantee that the search for and the attainment of wealth will be peace to your heart, ... Read More »

Holy Family Sunday – Domingo de la Sagrada Familia

Posted by Maria Ruiz on 12/31/17

  Holy Family Sunday  Genesis 15:1-6, 21:1-3     Hebrews 11:8,11-12,17-19     Luke 2:22-40

    A humble family comes into the great Temple of Jerusalem to dedicate their first born son.  While they’re there two revered senior members of the community speak wondrous things about the child and give glory to God.  ... Read More »

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 »