La Sagrada Familia y nuestras familias

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Domingo de la Sagrada Familia, Año C:
27 Diciembre 2009

Sir 3:2-6, 12-14; Ps 128:1-5; Col 3:12-17; Luc 2:41-52

¿Quién de nosotros tenía el privilegio de elegir: nacer o no nacer? ¿Quién elegiste tus padres? ¿Quién elegiste tu familia de origen? Claro que nadie de nosotros tenía esa decisión.

Pero sí que nuestro Señor Jesús eligió nacer. Hace solo dos días, celebramos su natividad: cuando Dios Hijo,nacido del Padre antes de todos los siglos, eligió hacerse hombre, y nació en nuestro mundo. Jesús eligió nacer y crecer en el seno de la Sagrada Familia de José y de María [CIC 1655]. Como el Verbo Eterno, él había creado la institución de la familia. Lo había hecho el medio de criar a los niños. Entonces él eligió crecer, sí mismo, en una familia: la Sagrada Familia de José y de María. (more…)

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The Holy Family and ours

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Holy Family Sunday, Year C: Dec. 27, 2009
Sir 3:2-6, 12-14; Ps 128:1-5; Col 3:12-21; Luke 2:41-52

I wonder how many times through the centuries, and across the continents, a child has said to their parents: “I didn’t ask to be born, you know!” And, of course, in that sentence spoken in a moment of frustration, the child also means to say “I didn’t ask for you to be my parents,” and “I didn’t ask to be part of this family!”

Of course, that’s true for all of us. We didn’t choose any of those things. But our Lord Jesus did choose to be born. And just two days ago, on Christmas, we celebrated his birth: when God the Son, eternally begotten of the Father, freely chose to take on human nature and to be born into our world and laid in a manger. And he chose, as the Catechism tells us [1655], to grow up in the bosom of the Holy Family of Joseph and Mary. (more…)

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The Christmas gift that changes everything

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Christmas: Mass during the Day: Dec. 25, 2009
Isa 52:7-10; Ps 98:1-6; Heb 1:1-6; John 1:1-5, 9-14

One of the clearest statements I ever heard about the importance of what we celebrate at Christmas came from a Muslim professor at Georgetown University. It was about 10 years ago, before I went to seminary, and at that time I was living in DC, and I was part of the Young Adults group at St. Matthew’s Cathedral downtown. And at one of our meetings, the leaders had arranged for there to be a panel discussion between a Jesuit priest, a Jewish rabbi, and this Muslim professor. And the priest was being very conciliatory and saying things like, “Well, you know, we’re all very similar”; and the rabbi was also saying, “Oh, we’re very similar.” And the Muslim professor said, “Judaism and Islam are very similar. But Christianity teaches the Incarnation. And if God became man, then that would change everything.” (more…)

Published in: on December 25, 2009 at 10:32 pm  Leave a Comment  
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4th Sunday of Advent, Year C: Dec. 19-20, 2009
Mic 5:1-4; Ps 80:2-3, 15-16, 18-19; Heb 10:5-10; Luke 1:39-40

It was just an ordinary April day, back in the 1st century, in the hill country of Judah—that day that Mary arrived at the house of her relative Elizabeth, after she had journeyed south from Nazareth. To an outside observer, there was nothing particularly unusual about this act of kindness—this young woman going to help her older relative through the last trimester of her pregnancy. There was nothing unusual about the way that they fondly greeted each other when she arrived. Surely it was the sort of thing that happened every day.

But this outside observer would have been completely wrong. Because there was nothing ordinary about this Visitation. (more…)

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The way to true joy and peace this Christmas

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3rd Sunday of Advent, Year C: Dec. 13, 2009
Zeph 3:14-18; Isa 12:2-6; Phil 4:4-7; Luke 3:10-18

John the Baptist is a striking figure in the Gospels: a man out in the desert near the Jordan River; clothed in camel’s hair, with a leather belt around his waist; eating locusts and wild honey. As we heard last week in the gospel reading, when the self-righteous Pharisees and Sadducees came out to condemn him, he didn’t mince words. He called them a “brood of vipers,” and he told them about the judgment that would be coming. Now there’s a way to win friends and influence people!

It might sound like John the Baptist was a real “hellfire and brimstone” kind of preacher. But was he? (more…)

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The Eucharist as Sacrament

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How is the Eucharist like the other six sacraments? How is it different–the “Sacrament of sacraments,” toward which the others point? What do we mean when we say that we receive the Body and Blood of Christ in Holy Communion? What does “transubstantiation” mean, anyway? Father Dan presents the Church’s teaching on the “Source and Summit of the Christian life.”

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