Sermons by Fr. Ricardo

A Note from the Pastor – June 7

This Sunday, we witness the first sprouts of Jesus’ mission. His arrival thrilled everyone, and people, filled with curiosity and eagerness, started flocking to the house, each yearning to listen to him. Jesus started sharing God’s love with peace, healing, restoration, and compassion for those in need. News of his wonders spread like a much-needed…

A Note from the Pastor – May 31

Take, this is my body. In the Gospels, Jesus reaches out to me through his radically human actions and unveils God’s face through gestures common to all. He starts with a powerful verb: Take! Sharp and precise like a health specialist who noticed my ostensibly malnourished soul. Jesus does not ask the apostles to stop…

A Note from the Pastor – May 24

The Gospel speaks of the Trinity while sending forth the eleven as if they are now integrated into the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, the breath that will restore trust, joy, and faith in God’s eternal love.  The eleven went to the mountain of Galilee, even those who doubted. An ego-wounded community felt inadequate after…

A Note from the Pastor – May 10

This Sunday’s Gospel plays with impossibles. Jesus counts on only eleven frightened, confused men and a small core of faithful and courageous women. He didn’t give up on them. They followed him on the roads of Palestine. They did not understand much but loved him very much. Love is good soil for the Gospel, and…

A Note from the Pastor – April 26

Jesus, in his divine communication, presents God to us through the reflection of the most basic forms of creatures: He is the vine, and I, as a believer, am a branch; we are part of the same plant, sharing the same life, rooted in the same sap. And then the marvelous down-to-earth metaphor of the…

A Note from the Pastor – April 19

Today, we hear, “I am the good shepherd!” echoing God’s description of his name in the Old Testament: I am who I am. Seven times, Jesus introduces himself: “I am” – bread, life, way, truth, vine, door, good shepherd. He does not mean “good” in the sense of being patient and gentle with sheep and…

A Note from the Pastor – April 12

The Gospel brings the disciples of Emmaus back to the community. Now that they are all together, Jesus appears in their midst. Shocked and full of fear, they thought they were seeing a ghost. After three years with Jesus, they knew him well, preaching, healing, and breaking bread, but in this divine moment, they saw…

A Note from the Pastor – April 5

Hi, my name is Thomas, but truth be told, I don’t know who I am anymore. Once, I told my brother apostles to go together and die with the master while he mourned Lazarus (John 11, 16), but when I saw the soldiers arresting Jesus, I ran as if I never knew him. When I…

A Note from the Pastor – March 28

Mary of Magdala leaves the house when everything is dark in the sky and somber in her heart. She’s been restless all night, and the image of Jesus on the cross broke her heart. She has nothing in her hands, carries no spices like the other women, and has only her love rebelling against the…

A Note from the Pastor – March 22

Jesus’ arrival in Jerusalem is a historical event and a parable in action. Jesus transpires affirming love; the preacher stirs joy wherever he goes, and this time, joy and biblical expectations finally meet. The teacher needs this colt but will send him right back. He is so poor that he doesn’t own even a beast…