Miembros del Cuerpo de Cristo, como Dios lo formó

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III Domingo Ordinario, Año C: 24 Enero 2010
Neh 8:2-4, 5-6, 8-10; Sal 19:8-10, 15; 1 Cor 12:12-30; Luc 1:1-4; 4:14-21

Hoy, en la segunda lectura, el apóstol San Pablo nos da una imagen muy fuerte: una imagen de los miembros de la Iglesia, como los miembros de un cuerpo físico. Él nos dice que somos organizados y unidos así, uno a otro, en una manera armoniosa y jerárquica, como los miembros de nuestros propios cuerpos. En la lectura de la semana pasada, él nos dijo, en una parte anterior de este capítulo de su primera carta a los corintios, que tenemos muchos dones, diversos dones, en el mismo Espíritu. Pero hoy sigue más adelante, a esta organización.

Y me pregunto si, quizá, Uds., cuando han oído estas palabras—como “Dios ha puesto los miembros… en su lugar“—si quizá han pensado Uds. que ahora mismo están en un lugar extraño, lejos de su patria, o de su cultura, o de su pueblo, o su lengua. (more…)

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True Christian unity: like parts of one body

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3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C: Jan. 23, 2010
Neh 8:2-4, 5-6, 8-10; Ps 19:8-10, 15; 1 Cor 12:12-30; Luke 1:1-4; 4:14-21

Today falls within the annual Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. And as St. Paul reminded us, we are all given a certain, very real unity through our baptism. And yet it is clear that we are not in a full and visible unity in the way that we live. We are not in a visible unity in the eyes of the world.

Sometimes it is easy to ignore this, or to take it for granted, as the way things are.  But there are always certain moments when the truth is brought out to us very painfully. (more…)

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Scripture in your life and the life of the Church

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3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C: Jan. 23-24, 2010
Neh 8:2-4, 5-6, 8-10; Ps 19:8-10, 15; 1 Cor 12:12-30; Luke 1:1-4; 4:14-21

This weekend we have the interesting situation that the Scripture readings are about… Scripture reading.

Does the Catholic Church encourage us, encourage you, to read the Scripture? Well, we might say, of course the popes and the bishops are constantly encouraging us to do different things; but if the Church really wanted to encourage us to read Sacred Scripture, then the Church would attach an indulgence to doing so.

Surprise! The Church has done that. Most people don’t know that this is the case. (more…)

Published in: on January 23, 2010 at 11:44 pm  Leave a Comment  
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An explanatory Mass

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What is the Mass all about? How Christ is present? How is the Mass a sacrifice, and how do we share in it? What are the different parts of the Mass? How does it all fit together? Father Dan explains the why and the what of this act of worship that is central to our life in Christ. (This recording presents only the explanations, without the Mass itself.)

Published in: on January 17, 2010 at 11:50 pm  Leave a Comment  
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The sign at Cana and healing after abortion

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2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C: Jan. 17, 2010
Isa 62:1-5; Ps 96:1-3, 7-10; 1 Cor 12:4-11; John 2:1-11

Planning a wedding reception has never been an easy task—not in the 21st century, and apparently not in the first century, in the Holy Land. Last spring, I was planning the reception after my priestly ordination, and in that way I got a taste of just what a bride and a groom face in that task. And I was keeping it as simple as I could! But it is such a challenge, as you figure out: how can you plan the most joyful celebration possible for friends and family, while you are working with limited time and limited resources? So you strategize; and it’s hard, and it’s time-consuming to keep track of all those people and all those details. And there always might be some unexpected surprise that might mess up your plans.

Now the weddings held in the first century in the Holy Land were a little different. (more…)

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Christ is still calling

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Baptism of the Lord: Jan. 10, 2010
Isa 40:1-5, 9-11; Ps 29:1-4, 9-10; Tit 2:11-14, 3:4-7; Luke 3:15-16, 21-22

It is a great joy to be with you today, at this parish which I visited many times over the years when I came to visit my grandparents. I think I probably began over there in the cry room, which used to be behind glass! Among other Masses for which I was present, were those held for their 35th and 50th wedding anniversaries. And each time I visited, it seemed that the building got bigger and bigger; but those door handles shaped like saws are still there! And I remember as a child, watching my mom know exactly where to flip back and forth in the missalette, and I was completely confused. I think it took me all 6 years of seminary to figure that one out!

Today we celebrate the Feast of the Baptism of our Lord Jesus Christ. Do you remember that famous scene during the Exodus from Egypt, when the People of Israel were blocked by the Red Sea; and Moses stretched out his rod over the sea, (more…)

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Confession: The Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation

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Why do Catholics need to go to confession? How does it relate to baptism? Are there any sins a priest cannot absolve? How should a penitent prepare for confession? Father Dan explores this sacrament and the great grace it gives us in our struggle against sin.

Published in: on January 5, 2010 at 10:00 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Epiphany: Come Be My Light

Epiphany: Jan. 3, 2010
Isa 60:1-6; Ps 72:1-2, 7-8, 10-13; Eph 3:2-3, 5-6; Matt 2:1-12

This homily was given to a local house of the Religious Sisters of Mercy of Alma, Michigan. My digital voice recorder mysteriously stopped recording just a couple minutes into the homily, so there is no mp3 of this one.


Two years ago, a collection of letters written by Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta was published as a book. The title was “Come Be My Light”; and I’m sure that many people assumed, as I did, that this title was a prayer by Mother Teresa to our Lord, asking him to come and be her light. And if one assumed further that she prayed these words in India, then she would have borne quite a resemblance to the magi from the east who we see arrive in Jerusalem in today’s gospel reading, asking, “Where is the newborn king of the Jews? We saw his star at its rising and have come to do him homage.”

The arrival of the magi, who were seeking the light of the newborn Messiah, was a pivotal moment in a long history—both a completion and a signal of a new beginning. (more…)

Let the Mother of God accompany you into the New Year

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Mary, Mother of God: January 1, 2010
Num 6:22-27; Ps 67:2-3, 5-6, 8; Gal 4:4-7; Luke 2:16-21

Seventy years ago, in the year 1939, as the year was drawing to a close in England, things were not looking good. Nazi Germany had invaded Poland just a few months earlier, and Britain and France and others had declared war, and thus had begun World War II. At that point, the U.S. had declared that it was neutral. And already, one British battleship had been sunk by a German U-Boat, and another one had been struck by a German mine. And so, as that year went into its closing days, no one knew for sure what was ahead. Would France fall? Would Britain itself be attacked? What was coming?

King George VI, in his radio message on that Christmas Day, quoted from a poem (more…)

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