Bishop Ruben Saenz Jr.

Bishop Ruben Saenz Jr. serves as resident bishop of the Great Plains Annual Conference. He was elected to the episcopacy in July 2016.


Our Journey to the Cross: March 31, 2018

March 31, 2018

PRAYER Merciful and ever-living God, Creator of heaven and earth: As the crucified body of your Son was laid in the tomb and rested on this holy day, grant that we may await with him the dawning of the third day as he promised, and rise with him in newness of life; through Jesus Christ our Lord. ...


Our Journey to the Cross: March 30, 2018

March 30, 2018

The Twelfth Station: Jesus Creates a New Family John 19:25-27 Meanwhile, standing near the cross of Jesus were his mother, and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene.  When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple whom he loved standing beside her, he said to his mother, “...


Our Journey to the Cross: March 29, 2018

March 29, 2018

The Tenth Station: Jesus is Crucified Luke 23:33-4, 47 When they came to the place that is called The Skull, they crucified Jesus there with the criminals, one on his right and one on his left. Then Jesus said, “Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing.” And they cast lots to ...


Our Journey to the Cross: March 28, 2018

March 28, 2018

The Seventh Station: Jesus Takes Up the Cross Mark 15:20 After mocking him, they stripped him of the purple cloak and put his clothes on him. Then they led him out to crucify him.   The Eighth Station: Simon of Cyrene Helps Jesus to Carry His Cross Luke 23:26 As they led him away, they seized a ...


Our Journey to the Cross: March 16, 2018

March 16, 2018

Prayer of Presence: Spirit of the Living God, free my mind from error, teach my heart the living words of Jesus, and inspire my lips to share the Good News, in the name of the Blessed Trinity. Amen. (Adapted from a Prayer of Illumination, North United Methodist Church)   Scripture: Today’s reading ...


Our Journey to the Cross: March 14, 2018

March 14, 2018

Prayer of Presence: Almighty God, in you, is hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. Open my eyes that I may see the wonders of your Word; and give me the grace that I may clearly understand and freely choose the way of your wisdom; through Christ my Lord. Amen. Scripture: Today’s reading ...


Our Journey to the Cross: March 13, 2018

March 13, 2018

Prayer of Presence: Tender Shepherd, bring to my awareness your constant companionship, to my weariness your matchless strength, to my brokenness your healing touch, and to my joy your blessing. Amen. Scripture: Today’s reading is from Psalm 51:1-12 Have mercy on me, O God, according to your ...


Our Journey to the Cross: March 12, 2018

March 12, 2018

Prayer of Presence: Tender Shepherd, bring to my awareness your constant companionship, to my weariness your matchless strength, to my brokenness your healing touch, and to my joy your blessing. Amen. 40 Days with Wesley by Rueben Job, p. 130 Scripture: Today’s reading is from Jeremiah 31:31-34 The ...


Our Journey to the Cross: March 2, 2018

March 02, 2018

Prayer of Presence:  Here I am as fully in your presence as I am able to be, Offering my fears, my needs, my hopes, my love, and my life. For I am yours and belong to no other.  40 Days of with Wesley by Rueben P. Job, p. 29 Scripture: Today’s reading is from 1 Corinthians 1:18-25 For the message ...


Our Journey to the Cross: March 1, 2018

March 01, 2018

Prayer of Presence:  Here I am as fully in your presence as I am able to be, Offering my fears, my needs, my hopes, my love, and my life. For I am yours and belong to no other. 40 Days of with Wesley by Rueben P. Job, p. 29 Scripture: Today’s reading is from Psalm 19:7-14 The law of the LORD is ...


Our Journey to the Cross: Feb. 28, 2018

February 28, 2018

Prayer of Presence:  Here I am as fully in your presence as I am able to be, Offering my fears, my needs, my hopes, my love, and my life. For I am yours and belong to no other. 40 Days of with Wesley by Rueben P. Job, p. 29 Scripture: Today’s reading is from Psalm 19:1-6 The heavens are telling the ...


Our Journey to the Cross: Feb. 26, 2018

February 26, 2018

Prayer of Presence:  Here I am as fully in your presence as I am able to be, Offering my fears, my needs, my hopes, my love, and my life. For I am yours and belong to no other. 40 Days of with Wesley by Rueben P. Job, p. 29 Scripture: Today’s reading is from Exodus 20:1-11 Then God spoke all these ...


Our Journey to the Cross: Feb. 25, 2018

February 25, 2018

Prayer of Presence:  Here I am as fully in your presence as I am able to be, Offering my fears, my needs, my hopes, my love, and my life. For I am yours and belong to no other. (From 40 Days of with Wesley by Rueben P. Job, p. 29) Scripture: Today’s reading is from the Gospel of Mark 8:34-38 He ...


Our Journey to the Cross: Feb. 23, 2018

February 23, 2018

Centering Prayer: A Prayer by St. Anselm of Canterbury Teach me to seek you, and reveal yourself to me as I seek; for unless you instruct me I cannot seek you, and unless you reveal yourself I cannot find you. Let me seek you in desiring you; let me desire you in seeking you. Let me find you in ...


Our Journey to the Cross: Feb. 16, 2018

February 16, 2018

Centering Prayer: Sit quietly for a couple of minutes and ask the Holy Spirit to be with you in this time of prayer and meditation as you seek to genuinely encounter God. Use the words of Samuel as a breath prayer as you gently breathe in and out and say, “Speak Lord, for your servant your name is ...


Path to a hopeful future begins with children

June 22, 2017

Robert Fulgrum, in his poem “All I Really Need to Know I Learned In Kindergarten,” says that wisdom for living, doing and being was not found at the top of a graduate school mountain, but rather in a sand pile at Sunday School.   In kindergarten, Fulgrum learned to share, play fair, not to hit ...


The Path - 'El Camino'

June 17, 2017

This is my first blog … ever. I can’t help but think that Mrs. Imelda Trevino my eighth-grade English teacher and Mrs. Hortencia Pena, Virginia Van Nest, Ernestina Trevino and Elma Doyno, my high school English teachers, would be gratified by my attempt at writing for publication. The truth is ...