Sermons by Deacon Mark Ruiz

What’s Your E.T.A.

Flight trackers, GPS apps, and mission control centers have one thing in common, they’re always projecting the estimated time of something’s arrival. Weather, traffic, detours, and other mishaps can impact that E.T.A., which is why it is only an estimated time. Some arrive earlier, and some arrive later. The message of today’s readings is that…

Our Only Response Is JOY

We were created for joy. You never hear someone say, “You know, this whole joy thing is not for me. I wish I had a little bit more misery in my life.” We are created for joy, but we come to realize that it’s not something we can just buy at the local Store. Think…

Gods Power for Those Who Believe

In the Gospel today, Jesus shows us our faith, combined with Him is something much more. It is not just a passive faith that takes the shots as they come. Through Martha’s faith in Christ, we see the power of belief conjoined to God. When news reaches Him that Lazarus was sick, He didn’t hurrying…

Seeking the Kingdom

We would all like to be free from worry and anxiety, but Christ’s words in today’s Gospel passage seem too good to be true. He tells us to stop worrying about the things we all worry about, material, worldly things, what he calls “mammon.” “Mammon” comes from a Greek word meaning material goods and possessions, things that…

Love Begins At Home

So, what is Jesus really asking of us when He tells us to turn the other cheek, to hand over our cloak as well as our tunic, and to voluntarily go an extra mile? He is teaching us how to respond to personal insults and humiliations. It was humiliating and offensive to be slapped on…

Creating a Clean Heart

Jesus is very practical about what can corrupt our hearts. He identifies anger, lust, and dishonesty as hidden viruses capable of damaging, and even destroying, our integrity, our very souls, but if we are honest with ourselves, all of us will have to admit that we struggle with temptation in each of these areas. So…

Are You The Light

Usually when we think of poverty we think of the materially needy, but there are all kinds of poverty in the world today that we can help to address. Saint Teresa of Calcutta once said, “We think sometimes that poverty is only being hungry, naked and homeless. The poverty of being unwanted, unloved and uncared…

Resolve Conflicts

Today God is giving us a chance to look calmly at our own lives, to see if maybe some divisions, rivalries, or jealousies have made their way into our hearts or our community, as they had begun to seep into the community of Christians at Corinth. This Bible passage that we have been reflecting on…

Jesus, the Lamb of God who is gentle and tough!

“Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world.” The Lamb! This is what Jesus is called in today’s Gospel. This gentle symbol would never be considered as a fitting logo for the mighty people of today. Imagine a football team being called “The Lambs.” The hard-hitting players and avid fans…

Following your Conscience

God is always guiding us, always accompanying us; he never forgets about us. To live in tune with this beautiful, powerful truth of our faith – that we can count on God, means to freely obey our conscience. Conscience is the secret chamber of the soul. Only two people have the key, you and God. In…