FR. ADRIAN’S CORNER
Fr. Adrian Mercado San Juan is a diocesan priest of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and an aggregate-in-process of the Marians of the Immaculate Conception (MIC) of Stockbridge, Massachusetts.
He was born in Manila, Philippines in 1976 and his immediate family lives in Walnut CA and are parishioners of St. Lorenzo Ruiz-Walnut and St. Elizabeth Ann Seton-Rowland Heights.
His recent assignment as associate pastor was at St. Peter Claver, Simi Valley (July 2015- June 2019). Also, at Divine Savior and St. Anne Parishes, Los Angeles (July 2010- August 2011); St. John the Baptist, Baldwin Park (August 2011- November 2012). He also served as administrator of St. Madeleine, Pomona (November 2012- June 2015). He is currently the administrator of St. Linus, Norwalk (since July 2019).
Fr. Adrian also served the Archdiocese of Manila for 6 years (2004-2010) serving the Catholic school system in campus ministry and integral formation of teachers.
Fr. Adrian holds a Bachelor both in Classical Philosophy and Sacred Theology, a Master in Pastoral Ministry and another Master in Educational Management.
He was formed by the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) and was ordained priest on March 20, 2004.
A stage two testicular cancer survivor, in remission since 2003, Father is indebted to the Divine Mercy, Our Blessed Mother and St. Therese of the Child Jesus for his healing.
Padre Adrian Mercado San Juan es un sacerdote diocesano de la Arquidiócesis de Los Ángeles y está en un proceso de los marianos de la Inmaculada Concepción (MIC) de Stockbridge, Massachusetts.
Nació en Manila, Filipinas en 1976 y su familia inmediata vive en Walnut, California, y son feligreses de St. Lorenzo Ruiz-Walnut y St. Elizabeth Ann Seton en Rowland Heights.
Su reciente asignación como pastor asociado fue en St. Peter Claver, Simi Valley (julio de 2015 a junio de 2019). Además, en las parroquias del Divino Salvador y en San Anne, Los Ángeles (julio de 2010 a agosto de 2011); San Juan Bautista, Baldwin Park (agosto de 2011 a noviembre de 2012). También se desempeñó como administrador de St. Madeleine, Pomona (noviembre de 2012 a junio de 2015). Actualmente es el administrador de St. Lino, Norwalk (desde julio de 2019).
Padre Adrian también sirvió en la Arquidiócesis de Manila durante 6 años (2004-2010) al servicio del sistema escolar católico en el ministerio universitario y la formación integral de maestros.
Padre Adrian tiene una licenciatura en Filosofía Clásica y Teología Sagrada, una Maestría en Ministerio Pastoral y otra Maestría en Gestión Educativa.
Fue formado por la Compañía de Jesús (jesuitas) y fue ordenado sacerdote el 20 de marzo de 2004.
Un sobreviviente de cáncer testicular en la etapa dos, y está en remisión des del 2003, el Padre está en deuda con la Divina Misericordia, Nuestra Santísima Madre y Santa Teresa del Niño Jesús por su curación.
“THE LAMB OF GOD”
John the Baptist saw Jesus coming toward him and said,
“Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world.” (John 1:29)
Let us remember Exodus, the history of Israel, the freedom of the chosen people from slavery in Egypt. That night, fear prevailed throughout the country. All the firstborn sons in Egypt will die as a punishment!
But God made a promise. The children of Israel will not die. God instructed Moses. A spotless lamb will be slaughtered and its blood marked onto their homes. And when God sees the blood, death will pass. Does this sound familiar?
Let’s not forget! Because of our sins, we deserve to die. We are slaves of sin. We prefer sin than remain in God. And we alone, by ourselves, could never pay the debt.
But in His mercy, God will not punish us. Instead, He offers us reconciliation through his own Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ — the new spotless lamb, whose blood will be marked in our souls. Jesus, Truly God, is the only one, the Spotless Victim, who can redeem us. Jesus, Truly Human, His Death and Resurrection has recreated our sinful nature “born from above” “God’s holy children”.
The blood that God sees here is not anymore the blood of animals but the blood of his own Son, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! Are we grateful for this great gift of God Himself?
And we remember God’s work of salvation and express profound gratitude through the Eucharist, which Our Lord has instituted on that first Holy Thursday: “This is My Body. This is My Blood … for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins. Do this in memory of me. ”
When God sees the blood of Christ, death will pass.
The Eucharist is a powerful reminder from God, the memory and sacrifice of Jesus. We remind ourselves too that we belong to Christ and He totally paid our debt.
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"THE LAMB OF GOD" John the Baptist saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world.” (John 1:29) Let us remember Exodus, the history of Israel, the freedom of the chosen people from slavery in Egypt. That night, fear...
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