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Getting Ready for Lent - March 3, 2019

Posted by Maria Ruiz on 3/10/19

Lenten Resources in English

Lenten Resources in Spanish

FISHING FOR JESUS | PESCANDO POR JESÚS

Posted by Maria Ruiz on 2/08/19

Fishing for Jesus Isaiah 6:1-8     1 Corinthians 15:3-8,11     Luke 5:1-11

    Today Jesus speaks with Simon Peter who had completed a long night of fishing without much success.  Jesus tells him to cast the nets out again and, surprise, they have nets full of fish.  Simon Peter is then ... Read More »

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 »

EPHPHATHA! / ¡EFFETÁ!

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 »