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Tuesday, February 23, 2021

YOU ARE INVITED to JOIN US FOR THE SECOND SUNDAY in LENT (in English)...face to face at Casa Convento Concepcion/Antigua or on ZOOM! Neli+

 

Volcan de Fuego, Sacatepequez, Guatemala
The Second Sunday In Lent

ALMIGHTY God, who seest that we have no power of ourselves to help ourselves: Keep us both outwardly in our bodies, and inwardly in our souls; that we may be defended from all adversities which may happen to the body, and from all evil thoughts which may assault and hurt the soul; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen.

YOU ARE INVITED to JOIN US FOR THE SECOND SUNDAY in LENT in ENGLISH...face to face at Casa Convento Concepcion/ Antigua (parking on site, guard at the entrance will direct you) or on ZOOM on your computer...both this coming Sunday at ten in morning/Guatemala time. The Reverend Neli Miranda Lopez presiding. THE EPISCOPAL CHURCH WELCOMES EVERYONE
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Neli+ Miranda, Priest-in-Charge




Spiritual consulation, baptisms, weddings, 

funerals are available during the time of 


(at home or in small gatherings at the chapel)

Greetings and blessings in the name of 

our Lord, Jesus Christ


Please, let us know if you have pastoral needs and/or wish personal, online, or telephone communications during this period of Coronavirus.

Email:
The Reverend Neli Miranda Lopez

nelimirandalopez@gmail.com

We will include you in our informal support circle and add you to our prayer list.
You can also receive personally directed private prayers, Bible readings and pastoral reflections during this time.  If you wish to have special spiritual requests and needs we welcome them.

The Reverend Neli Miranda Lopez
Priest-in-Charge
St. Alban Episcopal Mission
Antigua, Sacatepequez, Guatemala

The Episcopal Church WELCOMES EVERYONE
(everyone means everyone)

 


Sunday, February 14, 2021

FACE to FACE (with precautions) ASH WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 17, IMPOSITION OF ASHES, SPANISH and ENGLISH, ST ALBAN MISSION - CASA CONVENTO CONCEPCION, ANTIGUA, GUATEMALA

 

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Neli+ Miranda, Priest-in-Charge




Spiritual consulation, baptisms, weddings, 

funerals are available during the time of 


(at home or in small gatherings at the chapel)

Greetings and blessings in the name of 

our Lord, Jesus Christ


Please, let us know if you have pastoral needs and/or wish personal, online, or telephone communications during this period of Coronavirus.

Email:
The Reverend Neli Miranda Lopez

nelimirandalopez@gmail.com

We will include you in our informal support circle and add you to our prayer list.
You can also receive personally directed private prayers, Bible readings and pastoral reflections during this time.  If you wish to have special spiritual requests and needs we welcome them.

The Reverend Neli Miranda Lopez
Priest-in-Charge
St. Alban Episcopal Mission
Antigua, Sacatepequez, Guatemala

The Episcopal Church WELCOMES EVERYONE
(everyone means everyone)

A VOICE FROM HEAVEN - “This is my Son, the Beloved; listen to him!” The Reverend Neli Miranda

 


The last Sunday after the Epiphany

Mark 9:2-9

 

These last weeks we followed Jesus through different cities of Galilee, where he taught with great authority and liberated minds and suffering bodies. We also saw how his liberating message aroused opposition on the part of the Jewish authorities. Now, after his ministry throughout Galilee, Jesus is ready to move forward and go to Jerusalem, where great suffering, rejection and death await him. Are we ready to follow Jesus to Jerusalem? Are we ready to go the way of the cross?

 

This week, as we celebrate the last Sunday of this season, we also prepare ourselves to follow Jesus to Jerusalem. This Sunday we arrive at a turning point in Jesus’ ministry and in ours as well. It will lead us to a mountaintop experience, a new epiphany which will prepare us for our journey to Jerusalem, for our Lenten journey.

 

Today, Mark points out that after six days—when Jesus had foretold his disciples about his suffering in Jerusalem, his death, and resurrection—he takes Peter, James, and John and leads them up a high mountain. There, the disciples, still confused by Jesus’ preceding announcement, witness a new epiphany.

 

Mark tells us that on the mountaintop, “He [Jesus] was transfigured before them…” The word transfiguration is translated from the Greek metamorphosiswhich tells us that Jesus was metamorphosed or transformed before them into his glorious form, into his divine fullness. The disciples experience and see a glimpse of his glory!  Mark also says that Jesus’ clothes were dazzling such as no one on earth could bleach them”.  His white garments are a sign of his coming martyrdom from which he will emerge victorious. In the book of Revelations white garments symbolized the clothing of the victorious martyrs who are before the throne of God.  So, this epiphany announces to the disciples Jesus’ coming martyrdom and his glorious resurrection. Now they know that the road to Jerusalem—the way of the cross—will not end in death but in a glorious resurrection. 

 

On the mountaintop, like in Jesus’ baptism, there is also a voice coming from heaven saying, This is my Son, the Beloved; listen to him!” Once again, Jesus is confirmed as the Beloved Son of God. This time “listen to him” is addedThe presence of Moses and Elijah represent the Law and the Prophets which Jesus fulfills in himself; he embodies the Law and the prophetic message, he is the voice of God, not the Scribes, Pharisees, Priests, or Caesar.

 

Sisters and brothers, today, we are ready to move forward, to follow Jesus to Jerusalem through the Lenten path. Therefore, today’s epiphany prepares us to go confidently on this spiritual journey in the company of Jesus, the Son of God, and reveals and anticipates his glorious resurrection. Jesus tells us that the cross does not culminate in death but in life, in resurrection. Through this epiphany we know that the way of the cross is a path of transformation, of metamorphosis into fullness. So, as we walk this path, we are slowly metamorphosing to reach our final transformation.

 

Brothers and sisters, may our Lenten journey make us grow in the faith of Jesus, the Son of God, the One who faced death but emerged victorious. May we confidently follow him and listen to him!


Amen


Neli+

 

Neli+ Miranda, Priest-in-Charge




Spiritual consulation, baptisms, weddings, 

funerals are available during the time of 


(at home or in small gatherings at the chapel)

Greetings and blessings in the name of 

our Lord, Jesus Christ


Please, let us know if you have pastoral needs and/or wish personal, online, or telephone communications during this period of Coronavirus.

Email:
The Reverend Neli Miranda Lopez

nelimirandalopez@gmail.com

We will include you in our informal support circle and add you to our prayer list.
You can also receive personally directed private prayers, Bible readings and pastoral reflections during this time.  If you wish to have special spiritual requests and needs we welcome them.

The Reverend Neli Miranda Lopez
Priest-in-Charge
St. Alban Episcopal Mission
Antigua, Sacatepequez, Guatemala

The Episcopal Church WELCOMES EVERYONE
(everyone means everyone)

 


Sunday, February 7, 2021

We live in a world where many people get sick and die because they lack access to basic foods, cannot afford basic medical services, or buy a simple analgesic - The Reverend Neli Miranada

 


Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany

Mark 1:29-39

 

Today, Jesus continues his proclamation in Capernaum, a city of Galilee. There, Jesus makes God present among the desperate people who await the divine visitation. Jesus does not proclaim an ethereal presence but a reality that transforms peoples’ lives in all ways. Jesus’ first actions in Capernaum are aimed to liberate people from the authoritarian and twisted teachings of the Scribes who wanted to keep them under control.  Jesus then continues to also liberate suffering bodies and brings total restoration and abundant life to the people. He heals bodies and minds as a sign that the Kingdom of God is within them.

When we read the Gospels’ accounts we realize how many sick and broken people there were at that time. This is not surprising due to the prevailing dehumanizing system which oppressed people in every sense. In addition, the Jewish religious teachings affirmed that any sickness or disability was a sign of punishment from God for committing sin.  So, sick people were stigmatized and discriminated, and some were considered untouchable and lived in isolation.

There are many sick people in Capernaum, Peter’s mother-in-law is one of them, and Jesus comes to heal her. While she lies in bed with a fever unable to serve in her family community, she receives the healing and humanizing touch of Jesus. He takes her hand and lifts her up, Then the fever left her, and she began to serve them.” Jesus restores this woman, and she recovers her dignity becoming the first Deacon in the liberating and inclusive community of Jesus. (The term Deacon comes from the Greek diákonos which means server.)

When people in Capernaum realize the healing presence of God among them, they bring to Jesus all who were sick or possessed with demons.” Jesus had been working all day at the synagogue and in Peter’s home, but now he is willing to meet with the people and bring them restoration. Through the text we see that there were many people waiting for compassion and mercy. Mark points out, “And he cured many who were sick with various diseases and cast out many demons.”

Notice that it was the community that brings the sick and suffering people to Jesus. They realized that the will of God is the well-being of all in the community. Imagine how many people received healing and restoration that evening in Capernaum!

Dear sisters and brothers, today, just like in Jesus’ time, there are so many people in our midst who suffer physically and mentally from different diseases and ailments—a sign of the inhuman structures which produce alienation, poverty, hunger, diseases, and illnesses. We live in a world where many people get sick and die because they lack access to basic foods, cannot afford basic medical services, or buy a simple analgesic.


Others suffer from anxiety, stress, anguish, or become perturbed showing deviant behavior. We need liberation from this dehumanizing system! 

Today, Jesus proclaims among us, “The kingdom of God has come near!” and he brings us liberation and healing. When we are liberated and healed, we are restored and live a dignified life like the woman who became the first Deacon in Jesus’ community, and we can all be deacons in the Kingdom of God

Today, Jesus also calls us, his disciples, to make present the liberating and healing God in our world. How? With our liberating message and through our practices of solidarity, compassion, mercy, and a healing human touch. A healed and restored community is a sign that the Kingdom of God is present among us.

Amen

Neli+

Neli+ Miranda, Priest-in-Charge




Spiritual consulation, baptisms, weddings, 

funerals are available during the time of 


(at home or in small gatherings at the chapel)

Greetings and blessings in the name of 

our Lord, Jesus Christ


Please, let us know if you have pastoral needs and/or wish personal, online, or telephone communications during this period of Coronavirus.

Email:
The Reverend Neli Miranda Lopez

nelimirandalopez@gmail.com

We will include you in our informal support circle and add you to our prayer list.
You can also receive personally directed private prayers, Bible readings and pastoral reflections during this time.  If you wish to have special spiritual requests and needs we welcome them.

The Reverend Neli Miranda Lopez
Priest-in-Charge
St. Alban Episcopal Mission
Antigua, Sacatepequez, Guatemala

The Episcopal Church WELCOMES EVERYONE
(everyone means everyone)