Cristo el Buen Pastor: No mayor amor que el suyo

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IV Domingo de Pascua, Año C: 25 Abril 2010
Hech 13, 14.43-52; Sal 99; Apoc 7, 9.14-17; Juan 10, 27-30

En las primeras lecturas en este tiempo de la Pascua, oímos cómo respondió la Iglesia Católica en sus primeros años después de la Pasión y la muerte y la Resurrección y la ascensión de su Señor; cómo la Iglesia fue por todo el mundo y predicó el evangelio a todos.

Y vemos que el mundo de su siglo primero era muy semejante al nuestro. En la primera lectura de hoy, San Pablo y San Bernabé han empezado su primer viaje misionero. Han salido de la Tierra Santa y han llegado en la tierra de Asia Menor, la cual conocemos hoy como Turquía. Pero allá encuentran a su propia gente, la gente judía, el Pueblo de Israel. ¿Cómo pasó así? Porque en aquellos siglos, en el Imperio Romano, el Pueblo de Israel no vivía sólo en la Tierra Santa, sino también en otras partes y otras ciudades del Mediterráneo (more…)

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St. Peter and the risen Christ: meeting his Lord again, for the first time

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3rd Sunday of Easter, Year C: April 18, 2010
Acts 5:27-32, 40-41; Ps 30:2, 4-6, 11-13; Rev 5:11:-14; John 21:1-19

In the seminary where I studied for six years, each year there is one class year that will prepare a hot breakfast every Saturday and Sunday morning for the whole house—all the seminarians and faculty who want to come—as a fundraiser for one of the house events. And so, often, they will put up a weekly flyer to remind guys and encourage them to come; and these flyers are often humorous. And, at least once a year, the flyer will read: “Jesus said, ‘Come, have breakfast.'”

“Come, have breakfast.” We hear these words in our Gospel reading today, from the last chapter of the Gospel according to John. And could any words be as familiar, and warm and inviting, as these words—here on the lips of Jesus? (more…)

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St. Thomas and the risen Christ: Faith seeks understanding

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2nd Sunday of Easter, Year C: April 10-11, 2010
Acts 5:12-16; Ps 118:2-4, 13-15, 22-24; Rev 1:9-13, 17-19; John 20:19-31

The Easter Season is bright and confident. Its color is white, or even gold; the flowers are lilies, which look like bold trumpets; and the signature song of Easter is “Alleluia.” And so what we heard in our first readings suit it well.

  • In our second reading, we heard how our Lord was revealed to St. John, no longer looking like simply an ordinary man walking the earth, nor in his passion and death on the cross—but instead, now, after he has risen and ascended to heaven, as the glorious Son of Man, with a voice as loud as a trumpet, clothed in light; “the first and the last, the one who lives; who once was dead, but now is alive forever and ever.” (more…)
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The Resurrection: a transformation that is the opposite of “the circle of life”

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Easter Sunday, Year C: April 4, 2010
Acts 10:34, 37-43; Ps 118:1-2, 16-17, 22-23; Col 3:1-4; Luke 24:1-12

Happy Easter, everyone! And can we possibly think of a day that looks more like what Americans think Easter looks like, than this one? After so much snow this winter, right outside the door we see wonderful weather, bright sunshine, green grass, and flowers everywhere: everything that people associate with Easter. Everything except… here’s the bunny! Well, okay, so this bunny is a stuffed animal, since a real bunny would be a little too squirmy for me to be using in my homily right now.

For so many, the sight of a bunch of new baby bunnies squirming around, or of fuzzy yellow chicks, speaks of new life and hope. And isn’t that what Easter is all about? New life in the spring? Cuddly baby animals? Like that song from “The Lion King”: “The Circle, the Circle of Life”?

Well, actually, it’s not. The Christian proclamation of Easter is actually exactly the opposite of “the circle of life.” Now why would I say that? (more…)

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Easter Vigil: Christ is risen! And in baptism we rise in him to newness of life

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Easter Vigil, Year C: April 3, 2010
Gen 1:1–2:2; Gen 22:1-18; Exod 14:15–15:1; Isa 54:5-14; Isa 55:1-11; Bar 3:9-15, 32–4:4; Ezek 36:16-28; Rom 6:3-11; Luke 24:1-12

There is something very dramatic about the Easter Vigil. Something—I have heard it said—primal. As we began, saturated in darkness; and then, light blazed out of it in fire, ripping it open; life bursts forth from death; hope leaps from despair; and, very soon, new birth will emerge again from that light. For this is the night when Jesus Christ broke the chains of death and rose triumphant from the grave!

Tomorrow, the choir will sing in Latin: “Death and life have contended in a wondrous duel: the Prince of life, who died, reigns alive!” Tonight it seems that we have seen it happen. (more…)

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