Father Fernando's Reflection

Father Fernando's Reflection

There is little room for God in a selfish heart / Hay muy poco espacio para Dios en un corazón egoísta (September 25, 2022)

Posted by Father Fernando Molina Restrepo on 9/22/22

In today’s gospel, Lazarus is “invisible” to the rich man. The rich man is so focused on his own wants and pleasures, he ignores the needs of those around him. Even after the rich man dies, he does not change his selfish heart. The rich man’s concerns are only ... Read More »

We must fight against injustices/ Tenemos que luchar contra las injusticias (September 18, 2022)

Posted by Father Fernando Molina Restrepo on 9/14/22

The first reading today speaks of wealthy merchants taking advantage of the poor. Does that sound familiar? Even today, thousands of years later, the poor are often preyed on by others.

The world is an imperfect place. In our role as Christians, we strive to not be the ones ... Read More »

Make Us Whole Again/ Restáuranos de nuevo (September 11, 2022)

Posted by Father Fernando Molina Restrepo on 9/14/22

In general, patience is not our strongest virtue. Our impatience, often coupled with a lack of humility, causes us to sin. Our relationship with God is damaged. How do we make it whole? How do we mend the brokenness within us so that we are made whole?

The young ... Read More »

A disciple is a living sacrifice/ Un discípulo es un sacrificio vivo. (September 4, 2022)

Posted by Father Fernando Molina Restrepo on 9/14/22

In today’s gospel, Jesus describes the three kinds of sacrifices needed to be His disciple. First, we must put our relationship with God above all others. Jesus speaks of “hating” those with whom we have strong connections. Jesus’ words here are not meant to be taken literally. He is ... Read More »

The one who humbles himself will be exalted. / El que se humilla será exaltado.

Posted by Father Fernando Molina Restrepo on 8/26/22

In today’s parable about a wedding feast, Jesus teaches that the more humble we are, the more favor we will have with God. This makes sense since the more humble we are, the more we must rely on God and recognize Him in our lives and the lives of ... Read More »

Who will be saved? / ¿Quiénes serán salvados?

Posted by Father Fernando Molina Restrepo on 8/19/22

Who will be saved?

It is very clear that God wants everyone to be saved. Isaiah, in today’s first reading, reiterates God’s message, “I come to gather nations of every language...brothers and sisters from all the nations…” This is why Jesus was incarnated. God gives us life in abundance ... Read More »

I have come to set the earth on fire. / He venido a traer fuego a la tierra.

Posted by Father Fernando Molina Restrepo on 8/12/22

At first glance, today’s gospel doesn’t sound like Jesus at all. He tells the disciples that He is bringing a lot of division, not peace. Wait...how can that be? Jesus is all about getting along, turning the other cheek and living in harmony. I think we need to take ... Read More »

Be vigilant, faithful and prudent./ Sé vigilante, fiel y prudente.

Posted by Father Fernando Molina Restrepo on 8/12/22

The parables in today’s gospel explain three important attributes to which all Christians should aspire. First, we must be vigilant. This means we must be watchful, prepared, and always alert for the coming of the Lord. Like the servants in the parable, we do not know the hour of ... Read More »

Be Wise, Treasure in what matters to God/ Sé Sabio, Atesora en lo que a Dios le importa

Posted by Father Fernando Molina Restrepo on 7/29/22

FATHER FERNANDO’S REFLECTIONJuly 31 | 18th Sunday in Ordinary TimeBe Wise, Treasure in what matters to God.

From a very early age in our lives, we are taught to plan for the future. We are encouraged to plan everything, starting from simple activities such as planning for the next ... Read More »

Pray Persistently. Pray for Others. / Ora con persistencia. Ora por los demás.

Posted by Father Fernando Molina Restrepo on 7/22/22

FATHER FERNANDO’S REFLECTIONJuly 24 | 17th Sunday in Ordinary TimePray Persistently. Pray for Others.

There are some people who devote their lives to prayer. Monks and many religious people spend most of their day in supplication to the Lord on behalf of others. Many people pray together, humbly asking ... Read More »

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