From the desk of Father José Castillo

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Jesus Christ, May the love of God reign in your lives forever. The words that Mathew puts in the mouth of Jesus compel us to give another face to the Church of today. A certain way of acting clearly decides whether or not we belong to the Church of Jesus. Today Matthew would tell us that fidelity to the Master and to the Kingdom of God is not compatible with fidelity to our current way of life, in which the economic gain of a few is above all and at the cost of the lives of many people in our planet.

 

Anyone who prefers to remain faithful to this world of production and consumption, which turns everything into merchandise, which plunder nature without measure and leaves millions of people in absolute helplessness, will have to seriously ask themselves, before the words of Jesus , if this fidelity is compatible with keeping fidelity to Him and to the Kingdom of God.

 

I want to thank you for these 24 years serving God together. You have been a blessing from God in my priestly ministry. Pray for my health and I will do the same for you. I love you forever! And when I came here years ago I sang this beautiful song that reflects what I have done in this community with Bishop Gilberto Chávez and the other priests, deacons and OLMC staff.

 

A day in the mountains a pilgrim appeared, a pilgrim appeared.

He got closer to the people stroking the children, stroking the children.

I WAS SAYING ON THE ROADS: FRIEND I AM, I AM FRIEND.

 

His hands do not wield weapons, his words are of life, his words are of life.

And cry with those who cry and they share the joy, and they share the joy.

I WAS SAYING ON THE ROADS: FRIEND I AM, I AM FRIEND.

 

Share the bread with men, he denies no one his wine, he denies no one his wine.

And is with those who seek, and comfort the beggars, and comfort the beggars.

I WAS SAYING ON THE ROADS: FRIEND I AM, I AM FRIEND.

 

And the men who saw it they counted their neighbors, they told their neighbors:

There is a man on the streets that carries peace with it, that carries peace with it.

I WAS SAYING ON THE ROADS: FRIEND I AM, I AM FRIEND.

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