Greetings from Sister Marlita / Saludos de Sister Marlita

In the second half of today’s Gospel we hear Jesus say: “Whoever wishes to come after me must deny themselves, take up their cross and follow me.” That is quite a requirement for a disciple of Jesus. Who of us likes to think about carrying crosses? I venture to think very few; maybe those who have grown in their spiritual life to an advanced degree? And then, maybe not even them. The fact that each of us have crosses to bear is a reality. Each cross varies according to the individual person. There is suffering and challenge in life for everyone; it is a part of being human, and not being perfect. So the question becomes: “WHAT CROSS DO WE TAKE UP TO FOLLOW JESUS? Reflecting awhile on that qu

Greetings from Sister Marlita / Saludos de Sister Marlita

The origin of the Catholic papacy is indicated in today’s Gospel story from Ma!hew 16:13-20. Jesus says to Peter: “You are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my Church, and the gates of the netherworld shall not prevail against it.” Peter becomes the first Pope to lead the rest of apostles after Pentecost, and begin preaching the message of love far and wide. Yes, this is the same Peter who began sinking when he was walking to Jesus on the sea, and when his faith faltered. Yes, it is the same Peter to whom Jesus said, “Get behind me, Satan”, when Jesus predicted he would suffer and be put to death, and Peter wanted to deny that. Yes, it is the same Peter, who denied Jesus himself not onc

Greetings from Sister Marlita / Saludos de Sister Marlita

Today we meet a woman of great faith, a non-Jewish woman seeking a cure for her daughter. It is good to recall that Jesus performed his miracles mainly with the Jewish people, for the Savior was promised to them in the Old Testament. But Jesus had something else in mind by listening to her plea. His message of love was for ALL people, not just a chosen few. When the apostles begin preaching the message of Jesus, there is a big decision to be made about Gentiles (non-Jews) and the Jews or Israelites. Do they have to be circumcised or become Jewish first before they are bap!zed to be Chris!ans? In the end, the answer was NO. At first Jesus’s words to the Canaanite woman seem harsh. Someone mig

Greetings from Sister Marlita / Saludos de Sister Marlita

One of the themes Jesus o!en repeats in the Gospel stories is “FEAR NOT”. I don’t think it is hard to figure why Jesus may include this theme. Our lives o!en bring us to moments when we lose confidence in ourselves or in the world around us. We do not have all the answers, and we depend on others to help us understand life’s challenges and difficulties. This weekend we encounter one such passage about the storm on the sea and Jesus inviting Peter to walk to him on the water. “Take courage, it is I; do not be afraid.” are the words we hear clearly. Peter’s faith was tested; could he believe Jesus would allow him to not sink? This time of the pandemic seems to also be a good time to recall the

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