“Señor, enséñanos a orar”

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XVII Domingo Ordinario, Año C: 25 Julio 2010
Gen 18, 20-32; Sal 137; Col 2, 12-14; Luc 11, 1-13

Es probable que Uds. hayan oído el mensaje que proclaman unos predicadores, en este país y en otras partes de este hemisferio. Su mensaje falso se llama “el Evangelio de la Prosperidad.” Ellos prometen que Dios quiere darles a Uds. muchos dones materiales: el dinero, la ropa cara, muchos coches y muchas casas; el éxito y el placer físico y material. Y quizá aquellos predicadores citan estas palabras de nuestro Señor Jesucristo, de nuestra lectura del Evangelio de hoy: “Pidan y se les dará, busquen y encontrarán, toquen y se les abrirá.” Y ellos dicen: “¡Escúchenlo! ¡Dios quiere que Uds. sean ricos! Sólo hay que pedírselo.”

Pero ese mensaje no es la verdad. No es el Evangelio verdadero. No es la significancia verdadera de estas palabras de nuestro Señor. Y no refleja su vida, la vida a la cual él nos invita a unirnos. (more…)

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“Lord, teach us to pray”

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17th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C: July 25, 2010
Gen 18:20-32; Ps 138:1-3, 6-8; Col 2:12-14; Luke 11:1-13

Near the end of our Gospel reading today, we hear one of Jesus’ famous sayings: “Ask and you will receive; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.”

And it may be very easy to hear that and to translate it in our mind as, “Ask for what you want and you will get what you ask for.” And if we hear that, it seems to me that there are at least three responses that we might have within ourselves, or that those around us, those we know, family or friends, might have. (more…)

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Christ overcomes the division between what we think we are and what we actually do

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15th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C: July 11, 2010
Deut 30:10-14; Ps 69:14, 17, 30-31, 33-34, 36-37; Col 1:15-20; Luke 10:25-37

When God created the world, and it was good; and when he created human beings, and we were good in it; we were created with an original harmony. A harmony between ourselves and our God; a harmony between ourselves and each other; a harmony within ourselves. But original sin caused a division, and passed on to us a disharmony in all of these areas. And this tendency to make a division is then something we see in the human behavior described throughout the Scriptures, and which the Lord is constantly striving to help us to overcome. (more…)

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Christ, the firstborn of all creation, is the only one who can heal and save our broken world

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15th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C: July 11, 2010
Deut 30:10-14; Ps 69:14, 17, 30-31, 33-34, 36-37; Col 1:15-20; Luke 10:25-37

The members of the church, there in Colossae, were confused. And it was causing them problems; which is why St. Paul wrote to them, in this letter from which we hear in the second reading. We can tell as we examine the letter that they had come to be sort of fixated on certain beliefs about angels or other supernatural beings—so much so that they were degrading and lowering the importance of Christ. That they were in fact confused about who Christ was. (more…)

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4th of July: Our love of country is shaped by our love for Christ

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14th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C: July 4, 2010
Isa 66:10-14; Ps 66:1-7, 16, 20; Gal 6:14-18; Luke 10:1-12, 17-20

In the United States, we celebrate Independence Day on July 4, because July 4, 1776, is the date marked on the Declaration of Independence—the date that the text of that declaration was approved; and, soon after which, it was signed.

Now there are 56 signers of the Declaration. One of them was Catholic: Charles Carroll of Carrollton, which names the land that he owned in Frederick County, here in Maryland. He had a cousin, Daniel Carroll, who was one of the signers of the U.S. Constitution a decade later; and he had another cousin, John Carroll, who became the first Catholic bishop in the United States.

All three of those Carrolls, along with the other Catholics in the English colonies, had been living under very severe legal restrictions throughout the 1700s, up until that point. (more…)

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