Daily Reflection with Fr. Tomas Del Valle-Reyes



Dear Friends: Praying is not easy. Our daily routine calls for our full attention. And the world around us puts little value on prayer; our lives are full of material things but at the same time are getting emptier in God’s value.

For this reason, I will post a daily reflection and as you visit this site may the Holy Spirit within you come to your aid and guide you gently to the God who loves you
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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

The Lord's Prayer

In Luke 11, 1 the disciples asked Jesus to “Teach them how to pray,"  
He just answered by teaching them the prayer we call the Our Father or The Lord's Prayer.
The Lord's Prayer is a basic Christian prayer. 
As a model of prayer, every Christian learns it by heart. 
It appears everywhere in the church's life: in its liturgy and sacraments, in public and private prayer. It 's a prayer Christians treasure.
Though we memorize it as a set formula, the Lord's Prayer shouldn't be repeated mechanically or without thought. 
Its purpose is to awaken and stimulate our faith. 
Through this prayer Jesus invites us to approach God as Father. Indeed, the Lord's Prayer has been called a summary of the gospel.
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name.
When Moses approached God on Mount Sinai, he heard a voice saying, "Do not come near; put off your shoes from your feet, for the place on which you are standing is holy ground."  
An infinite chasm separates us from the transcendent God.
In the Lord's Prayer, Jesus invites us to draw near to God who is beyond human understanding, who dwells in mystery, who is all holy. We can call God "Our Father".
Calling God "Father" does not mean that God is masculine. 
God is beyond the categories of gender, of masculine or feminine.
None of our descriptions of God is adequate. 
God, who is "in heaven", whose name is holy, cannot be fully known by us.
By calling God "Father" we are more rightly describing ourselves and our relationship with God. Jesus teaches that we have a filial relationship with God; God sees us as if we were a daughter or a son. 
And we, on our part, can approach God in the familiar confident way a child approaches a loving parent. What is more, we approach God through God's only Son, Jesus Christ, who unites us to himself .
Thy Kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.God's kingdom. Jesus often said that God's power would appear and renew all creation. 
God like a mighty king would rule over the earth according to a plan that unfolds from the beginning of the world. 
God's kingdom would be marked by peace and justice. 
Good would be rewarded and evil punished. 
The kingdom, according to Jesus, is not far off, but already present in our midst, though not yet revealed.
In the Lord's prayer we pray that God's kingdom come, that God's will, which is for our good, be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
We are God's children. What can be more childlike than this petition in which we pray for our daily bread, a word that describes all those physical, human and spiritual gifts we need to live. 
With the confidence of children we say: "Give us this day what we need."Forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
This petition of the Lord's Prayer is a demanding one. 
Not only do we ask God's forgiveness for our daily offenses, but we link God's forgiveness of us with our forgiveness of others. 
Forgiving others is not always easy to do.
We need God's help to do it. But it must be done or we ourselves cannot receive God's mercy.

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.
Life is not easy. It is a daily battle. 
Trials like sickness and failure can crush our spirits. False values and easy promises can entice us and even destroy our souls.
And so we ask God to keep us from failing when we are tested, to help us to know the right thing to do, to deliver us from the evil which awaits us in life.
The Lord's Prayer sums up the teaching of Jesus. 
It is also a prayer that offers the grace of Jesus: his reverence for God, his childlike confidence in his Father, and his power to go bravely through life no matter what comes.
When we pray his prayer, his spirit becomes our own.
Rev. Father  Tomas del Valle-Reyes
Descubriendo el Siglo 21
Discovering 21century
Fr Tomás Del Valle-Reyes
P. O. BOX 1170
New York, NY 10018
(212) 244 4778

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

1 corinthians 13:1-13

If I speak in the tongues of men and angels, but have not love,
I have become sounding brass or a tinkling symbol.

And if I have prophecy and know all mysteries and
all knowledge, and if I have all faith so as to remove mountains,
but have not love, I am nothing.
And if I dole out all my goods, and
if I deliver my body that I may boast
but have not love, nothing I am profited.

Love is long suffering,
love is kind,
it is not jealous,
love does not boast,
it is not inflated.
It is not discourteous,
it is not selfish,
it is not irritable,
it does not enumerate the evil.

It does not rejoice over the wrong,
but rejoices in the truth
It covers all things, it has faith for all things,
it hopes in all things, it endures in all things.
Love never falls in ruins;
but whether prophecies, they will be abolished; or
tongues, they will cease; or
knowledge, it will be superseded.
For we know in part and we prophecy in part.
But when the perfect comes, the imperfect will be superseded.
When I was an infant,
I spoke as an infant, I reckoned as an infant;
when I became [an adult],
I abolished the things of the infant.
For now we see through a mirror in an enigma, but then face to face.
Now I know in part, but then I shall know
as also I was fully known.
But now remains faith, hope, love, these three;
but the greatest of these is love.
Rev. Father  Tomas del Valle-Reyes
Descubriendo el Siglo 21
Discovering 21century
Fr Tomás Del Valle-Reyes
P. O. BOX 1170
New York, NY 10018
(212) 244 4778

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

IN THE BEGINNING WAS THE WORD....

THE WORD BECAME FLESH...
In the beginning was the Word:
the Word was with God
and the Word was God.
He was with God in the beginning.
Through him all things came into being,
not one thing came into being except through him.
What has come into being in him was life, life that was the light of all;
and the light shines in darkness,
and darkness could not overpower it...
The Word was real light that gives light to everyone; he was coming into the world.
He was in the world that had come into being through him, and the world did not recognize him.
He came to his own and his own people did not accept him.
But to those who did accept him
he gave power to become children of
God, to those who believed in his name
who were born not from human stock or human desire or human will but from God himself.
THE WORD BECAME FLESH, and lived among us, and we saw his glory,
the glory that he has from the Father as only Son of the Father,
full of grace and truth.--John 1:1-5;9-14

Rev. Father  Tomas del Valle-Reyes
Descubriendo el Siglo 21
Discovering 21century
Fr Tomás Del Valle-Reyes
P. O. BOX 1170
New York, NY 10018
(212) 244 4778