Browsing the 2018 archive of The Pastor's Corner

Prepare the way of the Lord | Prepare el camino del Señor

Posted by Maria Ruiz on 12/07/18

Prepare the way of the Lord 

Baruch 5:1-9     Philippians 1:4-6, 8-11     Luke 3:1-6

  Many families are busy making preparations this time of year: finding the Christmas decorations, arranging space for the Christmas tree, finding the right spot for the nativity set, putting up Christmas lights (and looking for ... Read More »

Fundamental Orientation | Orientación Fundamental

Posted by Maria Ruiz on 11/01/18

A Fundamental Orientation Deuteronomy 6:2-6     Hebrews 7:23-28     Mark 12:28-34

In our readings today we see the fundamental orientation we are called to have as people of faith: loving God with all our being and our neighbor as ourselves (“the Golden Rule”).  The wording may be a little different in ... Read More »

Blindness | Ceguera

Posted by Maria Ruiz on 10/26/18

Blindness Jeremiah 31:7-9     Hebrews 5:1-6     Mark 10:46-52

“[Sin] is a blindness of the spirit, which prevents us from seeing what is most important, from fixing our gaze on the love that gives us life. This blindness leads us little by little to dwell on what is superficial, until we ... Read More »

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 »