OUR ACTIONS ARE A REFLECTION OF WHAT IS IN OUR HEARTS
Give advice to the family, for example, beware of those who sell products on the street! It is common among us; however, to hear someone say: beware of those who preach in the name of God! is an advice we must listen to. It is a risk to listen to those who use the name of God, repeat the words by heart and do not reach what is deep in the heart.
Jesus never spoke of God as if he were teaching or reciting biblical quotations from memory. He was mainly attentive to free people from their ailments and their fears when preaching. Jesus contemplated people’s lives as sheep without a shepherd, so he strongly criticized the scribes and priests who took advantage of the innocence and goodwill of the people. “Be careful with the scribes! They love to walk around in wide clothes and receive reverence in the streets; they look for the seats of honor … and they throw themselves on the property of the widows doing ostentation of long prayers. “
To speak of God to the family, to the children, to the faithful without the Word of God guiding our life is a danger to the faith. To speak of God without feeling a commitment is like transforming faith into traditions that do not produce life.
Jesus believed that there is only one way to talk about God. That is, to link the words that come from the lips with the life of each day placed in the trust of his Father God. Jesus’ preaching was in connection with his life. What Jesus preached with his word was proven by his work.
In the same way, the encounter with Jesus Christ helps us to be sincere and to present others to a God who gives us his closeness. Therefore, when preaching or talking about God, we should never again create images of fear or fear of God to control others. Nor do we present an image of God that moves away from us because of our weak human condition. Never again, in our Masses and prayers, will we make others feel that God is distant from us and that we need prayers to win their attention. We will never again allow another person to place his authority on us to separate us from the love of God, as did the scribes and Pharisees. On the contrary, all authority or person must be columns to take us to the love of God as Christ did. God will always be at our side and in our hearts.
Try this week to make feel the closeness of God with your example, with your words, with your life, with your work, with your limits, with your qualities.
Rev. Arturo Corral, Pastor
Rev. Roberto Raygoza, Associate Pastor
Rev. Heriberto Serrano, Associate Pastor
All masses are in Spanish
7:30 a.m., 9:00 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 12:00 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 3:00 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 6:00 p.m., 7:30 p.m.
7:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m.
Monday to Friday:
6:30 a.m., 12:00 p.m., 5:30 p.m.
In Solidarity with the Needy
In Solidarity with the Parish
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