Language not a barrier in telling Jesus’ story

Published 8:03 am Friday, April 22, 2011

A woman who didn’t speak the language stands out for Luis Alvarez. She was just the one he was hoping to reach. She understood.

Alvarez has been re-living the Last Supper for 18 years, through Our Lady of Guadalulpe Catholic Church. On Good Friday, church members will again present Stations of the Cross in Spanish and offer a silent time for reflection.

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“Let me tell you what happened one time,” Alvarez said.

He recalled an English-speaking woman who experienced the presentation several years ago.

“This lady came to me real happy, you know. She didn’t understand the words, but could see what was happening. She said ‘Now I will start going to church,’ “Alvarez said.

A year or two later, she returned to the Easter service and reported she had been attending services.

“If only one person comes back to church, for us, we’ve gained something. We bring people to church,” Alvarez said.

Alvarez said he’s coordinating about 70 people in the presentation.

“It’s a big sacrifice for all the people who do the show, because a lot of them come straight from work. They don’t even go to their house to eat, “ Alvarez said. “We feel really good doing it because we believe that if somebody sees the show, they’ll come back to church. It’s to put in the minds of the people that Jesus died for us and remind them of the sacrifices that Jesus made for us,” he said.

The Rev. T.R. Blanco, pastor, said he hopes people will “come and witness with humility in their hearts.”

“Join in solidarity with our Lord Jesus Christ and also with those who suffer for whatever reasons,” Blanco said.

He called the presentation a message of hope, forgiveness and everlastingness.

Blanco said his Easter prayer is for peace in the hearts and minds among  the nations.