Creado por el amor, redimido por el amor, llamado al amor perfecto de Cristo

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XVII Domingo Ordinario, Año A: 24 Julio 2011
1 Re 3, 5-6.7-12; Sal 118; Rom 8, 28-30; Mt 13, 44-52

¿Quién eres tú? ¿Qué tienes que hacer en esta vida terrenal? ¿Y cómo vas a cumplirlo?

En la primera lectura, encontramos a Salomón, un joven del siglo X antes de Cristo. Era el hijo del rey—de David, rey de Israel, que había reinado 40 años. Las escrituras no nos dicen cuántos años tenía Salomón en el momento del cual oímos en la lectura. Unos eruditos sugieren que tenía 18, o veinti-algo, o quizá solo 12 años en ese momento.

Y podemos imaginar que un joven de tal edad habría tenido muchos deseos e intereses—en el deporte, el amor, la riqueza, sus sueños y ambiciones. Habría tenido muchos pensamientos, muchos proyectos, y mucha energía.

Pero, en el momento de la lectura, todo esto ha sido puesto en perspectiva nueva. (more…)

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God wants to do amazing things in your life—so let him!

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17th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A: July 24, 2011
1 Kg 3:5, 7-12; Ps 119; Rom 8:28-30; Matt 13:44-52

When I was much younger, and I heard these parables from Jesus about the Pearl of Great Price and the Treasure in the Field, I would wonder: How could that possibly work? After all, in the parable, Jesus says that the person who finds the pearl and the treasure “sells all that he has and buys it.” And I would think: He sold everything? His house; his donkey and cart; his tools; his clothes; his food? So now he has nothing at all except this pearl or whatever treasure was buried in the field! Now what? What does he eat? Where does he live? What good would a pearl do for you, if that’s all you had?

But the kingdom of heaven, the Kingdom of God, is different. (more…)

God charges you with the mission of a lifetime

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17th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A: July 24, 2011
1 Kg 3:5, 7-12; Ps 119; Rom 8:28-30; Matt 13:44-52

Young Solomon was nervous. His father, the great King David, had just died after a 40-year reign; and now Solomon had been chosen to succeed him as king, at the young age of—well, Scripture doesn’t specify, but the age 18 or his 20s is a pretty good guess. And now he was faced with, not just surviving palace intrigues to overthrow him; but also the weight and responsibility of governing a vast people justly and well. How would he ever be up to the task?

And, although this moment in Solomon’s life happened some 3000 years ago, we know what it was like, don’t we? For every one of us has faced such moments, perhaps many times. (more…)

Cristo te envía, para extender su Reino por medio de ti

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XVI Domingo Ordinario, Año A: 17 Julio 2011
Sab 12, 13.16-19; Sal 85; Rom 8, 26-27; Mt 13, 24-43

¿A veces te sientes que has sido enviado y extendido a un lugar extraño y remoto? ¿que estás rodeado por personas que no son buenas sino parecen a cizaña? ¿que siempre estás pedido que anides y des vida a otros? ¿Te preguntas: Por qué pasa la vida así?

Pero esto no es una equivocación. Es el plan de nuestro Señor Jesucristo, y de Dios Padre, como él nos dice en nuestra lectura del Evangelio de hoy. (more…)

Even amid scandal, Christ wants his Kingdom to grow through you

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16th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A: July 17, 2011
Wis 12:13, 16-19; Ps 86; Rom 8:26-27; Matt 13:24-43

The Kingdom of God is alive! The Kingdom of God is growing! Its growth will be astonishing, our Lord Jesus said. It will penetrate and pervade everywhere. And yet it will contain many problematic people, who sin and do evil and lead others to do so as well—and this will last until the final judgment. So it is not a simple picture.

Today our Gospel reading continues in the 13th chapter of Matthew, and Jesus continues telling parables about the Kingdom of God. Just like the parable of the sower that we heard last week, two of the parables that we hear today use the analogy of farming; and one uses the analogy of kneading dough in preparation for baking. (more…)

Para recibir los dones que Dios nos envía, primero debemos sacar las piedras y las espinas

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XV Domingo Ordinario, Año A: 10 Julio 2011
Isa 55, 10-11; Sal 64; Rom 8, 18-23; Mat 13, 1-23

Oímos en las lecturas del hoy que la palabra de Dios es enviado. Es enviado de un lugar a otro: de un lugar muy alto—las nubes del cielo o la mano del sembrador—a otro lugar más bajo, el terreno. Es enviado a los pueblos y a las personas individuales. Y es enviado con una misión para cumplir.

Muchos de Uds. conocen bien lo que es ser enviado con una misión, ¿no?

La palabra es enviado a nosotros mismos. Y no es enviado primeramente para sacar algo de nosotros, sino para darnos algo—para darnos la gracia de Dios—que necesitamos profundamente. ¿Qué nos da? (more…)

To receive the amazing gifts of God, first clear away the rocks and weeds

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15th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A: July 9-10, 2011
Isa 55:10-11; Ps 65; Rom 8:18-23; Matt 13:1-23

How amazing is the Word of God! How wonderful the grace of God, which enters into our lives as we hear his word and receive it and understand it and are converted, so that he may heal us.

  • It brings us life—a supernatural life that it contains within itself, as within a seed that enters into lifeless ground, and there springs up and transforms it.
  • It brings nourishment, like the rain and snow that enter into thirsty dry ground—filling it with the water that it desperately needs, and changing it; breaking up its clods, softening it, drenching it.
  • And it brings fruit—fruit that is beautiful and rich and fragrant; fruit that is pleasing to the Lord and nourishing to others who behold it. (more…)

The world, the flesh, and the freedom of the easy yoke of Christ

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14th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A: July 2-3, 2011
Zech 9:9-10; Ps 145; Rom 8:9, 11-13; Matt 11:25-30

The desires we feel in our bodies are not always good for our bodies. The desires that we feel in our flesh are not always good for our flesh.

We know that this is true from our own experience, if we think of our hunger for food. Our bodies need food to grow and to survive. But the problem is that sometimes we want to eat things that are not good for us. Or maybe we want food that is good for us, but we want too much of it; or too little of it; or we want it at the wrong times.

We know this. There is an entire weight-loss, dieting industry that is built upon the fact that the desires of our flesh will sometimes lead us in ways that are not good, not healthy, for the flesh itself. (more…)