Following Christ through every change in life

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6th Sunday of Easter, Year A: May 29, 2011
Acts 8:5-8, 14-17; Ps 66; 1 Pet 3:15-18; John 14:15-21

This time of year is always a time of change and transition.

  • The school year ends, and many move to summer vacations or summer jobs.
  • Some graduate—from 8th grade, or high school, or college, or kindergarten—and move on to a new stage of schooling or life.
  • Some marry, and begin their marriage as husband and wife, with children soon to follow.
  • Religious sisters receive their veils and make their vows.
  • Priests are ordained; and some are transferred from one parish to another. (more…)

Encuentra tu identidad en Cristo

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V Domingo de Pascua, Año A: 22 Mayo 2011
Hch 6, 1-7; Sal 32; 1 Pe 2, 4-9; Jn 14, 1-12

Ya hemos oído estas palabras, ¿no? “Voy a prepararles un lugar. No pierdan la paz. No los olvidaré a Uds. Volveré y los llevaré conmigo.”

Hemos oído estas palabras. Quizá las has dicho tú mismo. “Me voy muy lejos—a otro país—miles de kilómetros. Pero permaneceré fiel—siempre fiel a ti. No te olvidaré a ti. Siempre pensaré en ti. Enviaré mi amor y mi apoyo. Y después de poco tiempo volveré y entonces estaremos juntos por siempre.”

Con demasiada frecuencia estas palabras no son ciertas. Sabemos que hemos sido olvidado y dejado atrás. Quizá nosotros mismos han dejado, han abandonado, a otros. (more…)

Good shepherds under the Good Shepherd

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4th Sunday of Easter, Year A: May 14-15, 2011
Acts 2:14, 36-41; Ps 23; 1 Pet 2:20-25; John 10:1-10

In the pages of the Old Testament, leading up to Jesus, we often find shepherds and sheep spoken of. Sometimes these are literal shepherds taking care of literal sheep—a common enough experience in the Holy Land! But other times it is a figure of speech, where the flock is the People of Israel; and the shepherds are those who care for them.

Leaders like Joshua, the judges, King David, and later kings are either called shepherds or else described in a way that compares them to what shepherds do. And the place where we find this imagery most developed is in the prophets: when the Lord is denouncing the failure of those leaders to shepherd his People. (more…)

Mother’s Day: On the path of life, you have never been unloved

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3rd Sunday of Easter, Year A: May 8, 2011
Acts 2:14, 22-33; Ps 16; 1 Pet 1:17-21; Luke 24:13-35

Each year, Americans celebrate this second Sunday of May as Mother’s Day, a day to honor mothers and motherhood—to honor your own mother, and the other mothers that you know.

And we might suppose that, when coming to Mass on this day, it would be appropriate to hear the same Scriptures that we hear on Holy Family Sunday, right after Christmas.

  • To hear from the Book of Sirach [2:6]: “He who reveres his father will live a long life; he obeys the Lord who brings comfort to his mother.” (more…)

Are you a witness to the risen Christ? A messenger?

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2nd Sunday of Easter, Year A: May 1, 2011
Acts 2:42-47; Ps 118; 1 Pet 1:3-9; John 20:19-31

For 8 days now, since last Sunday, we have been celebrating the fact that Christ is risen from the dead!—a fact that was first discovered when St. Mary Magdalene and other women went to the tomb and found that the stone had been rolled away and the tomb was empty. There was no dead body; only the burial cloths remained. And there were angels, who they saw there and who told them the good news.

Now the word for angel in the original Greek of the New Testament is angelos, which literally means “messenger.” And how fitting that these powerful, immortal creatures should be called messengers, since this is one of the most important jobs they fulfill for the Lord. [CCC 328, 330] And that is why they were at the empty tomb: to tell the women, “He is not here, for he has been raised.” [Matt 28:6] And also to commission the women as messengers: “Go quickly and tell his disciples…” Which they did. And so a whole chain of message-carrying begins with the angels. (more…)