Browsing the 2019 archive of The Pastor's Corner

Adversaries becoming Friends / Adversarios se convierten en Amigos

Posted by Maria Ruiz on 12/11/19

Adversaries becoming Friends Isaiah 11:1-10     Romans 15:4-9     Matthew 3:1-12

Division is not a positive attribute; it is not life-giving.  We feel its negativity in our society and, in some ways, within our Church.  Those with extreme positions may become arrogant or hateful and label anyone who is different as ... Read More »

 Be Prepared! | ¡Estemos Preparados!  - 1 Dec

Posted by Maria Ruiz on 12/11/19

 Be Prepared! Isaiah 2:1-5     Romans 13:11-14     Matthew 24:37-44  

Advent begins today! 

     The Scriptures remind us of the importance of being prepared.  They’re not referring to Christmas shopping but to the “Coming of the Lord”.  When the Lord comes in glory or when you are called from this life ... Read More »

Losing and Finding | Perder e Encontrar

Posted by Maria Ruiz on 9/12/19

  Losing and Finding Exodus 32:7-11,13-14     1 Timothy 1:12-14     Luke 15:1-10


    Doesn’t it drive you absolutely bonkers when you can’t find something?!  You’re absolutely sure you had your keys somewhere, but they’re not there!  You re-trace your steps again and again, you get frustrated, the dog looks ... Read More »

Correct Priorities | Prioridades Correctas

Posted by Maria Ruiz on 9/06/19

Correct Priorities Wisdom 9:13-18     Philemon 9-10,12-17     Luke 14:25-33

For any kind of success in our lives we have to have our priorities right.  If one wants to be a good student, make sure you have your priorities right.  Want to be good at your job?  Make sure your priorities ... Read More »

Who is Jesus? / ¿Quién es Jesús?

Posted by Maria Ruiz on 7/12/19

Who is Jesus? Deuteronomy 30:10-14     Colossians 1:15-20     Luke 10:25-37

    What exactly do you believe about Jesus?  Week after week we use the Creed in which a whole section speaks of our belief about who Jesus is and what he did for us.  Today in Paul’s letter to the ... Read More »

Plowing Forward | Arar Hacia Adelante

Posted by Maria Ruiz on 6/29/19

Plowing Forward

1 Kings 19:16,19-21     Galatians 5:1,13-18     Luke 9:51-62

 I once discovered in a friend’s backyard a plow.  “So this is what a plow looks like.” I said to myself.  I pushed it to see how it works and then understood that, as we hear in today’s Gospel reading, ... Read More »

Come, Holy Spirit!  --  ¡Ven, Espíritu Santo!

Posted by Maria Ruiz on 6/07/19

Come, Holy Spirit!

Acts 2:1-11     1 Corinthians 12:3-7,12-13      John 20:19-23

  What would your body be if it did not have blood flowing through it?  Dead.  Just so, the Church cannot be the living Body of Christ if we do not have the Holy Spirit.  We celebrate today that ... Read More »

Citizenship that truly matters | Ciudadanía que realmente importa

Posted by Maria Ruiz on 3/15/19

Citizenship that truly matters Genesis 15:5-12,17-18      Philippians 3:17-4:1     Luke 9:28-26

    To be a citizen is a great honor with rights and responsibilities.  As Americans we take great pride in our citizenship, as do those of other nations.  We carry our passports to show our nationality.  We vote to ... Read More »


Posted by Maria Ruiz on 3/10/19

10 March 2019


   As Jesus reflects and prays in the desert in preparation for his life of ministry, the devil tries to distract him from seeking and doing God’s will. The devil tries to get Jesus to misuse his gifts.

     We, too, are called to seek ... Read More »

Getting Ready for Lent - March 3, 2019

Posted by Maria Ruiz on 3/10/19

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