La Cuaresma y la batalla por el corazón

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Miércoles de Ceniza: 22 Febrero 2012
Jl 2, 12-18; Sal 50; 2 Cor 5, 20–6, 2; Mt 6, 1-6.16-18

Todo lo que Dios creó es bueno. Todo lo que Dios creó es bueno, y así merece ser amado.

El problema, nos dice San Agustín (en Ciudad de Dios y otras obras), es que amamos algunas cosas demasiado; o de una manera equivocada. Cuando, en el orden de cuánto deberíamos amar a personas y cosas, se ponen desordenados. Algo más bajo desplaza a algo más alto. Lo que está dentro de nuestro corazón se desordena. (more…)

Lent and the battle for the heart

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Ash Wednesday: February 22, 2012
Joel 2:12-18; Ps 51; 2 Cor 5:20–6:2; Matt 6:1-6, 16-18

Everything that God created is good. Everything that God created is good, and so is worthy of being loved.

The problem, St. Augustine tells us (in City of God and elsewhere), is when we love some things too much; or in the wrong way. When, in the order of things and persons that we should love more and less than each other, they get out of order. Something lower displaces something higher. Things within our heart get out of order. (more…)

12 short homilies on the Mass

Given during January and February 2012

66:59 audio of all 12 homilies

  1. Why do we attend Mass? (text) (5:41 audio)
  2. Meeting Christ in the Mass (text) (5:12 audio)
  3. Christ’s Presence in the Mass (text) (5:20 audio)
  4. The Real Presence of Christ in the Mass (text) (4:51 audio)
  5. Christ, our great high priest (text) (5:58 audio)
  6. A sacrifice pleasing and acceptable (text) (5:48 audio)
  7. Offer your bodies as a living sacrifice (text) (5:43 audio)
  8. Uniting heaven and earth (text) (5:45 audio)
  9. In the heart of the Trinity (text) (5:43 audio)
  10. One in Christ (text) (5:29 audio)
  11. The Eucharistic Prayer (text) (5:48 audio)
  12. Source and Summit (text) (5:37 audio) (more…)
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Source and Summit

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12th in a series of short homilies on the Mass

The Mass is an amazing thing, like nothing else in the world. So you have come, and stood heart to heart with other faithful, joining all the angels and saints, and leading the entire universe. You have encountered Christ made truly present—the eternal high priest offering the one perfect sacrifice. You have united yourself with him, offering yourself also, and entered the heart of the Trinity.

Now what?

No matter how wonderful it is, the Mass, like this homily series, has to come to an end sometime. (more…)

The importance of religious liberty

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President’s Day: Feb. 20, 2012
Acts 5:27-32, 40-42; Ps 2; Matt 22:15-21

Today our country celebrates the birthday of its first President, George Washington. And Washington is hard to pin down, religiously. (What follows is summarized from Stephen Waldman, Founding Faith, especially chap. 6 and 7.) He certainly manifested faith in God in his words and actions; he was comfortable speaking of faith in general terms, and in encouraging others to pray for help or in thanksgiving; and he considered religious devotion something valuable in citizens in a republic.

And yet it is hard to identify Washington as a strong Christian, since his religious practice was spotty and he declined to enter into thinking or disputing about theological doctrine. (more…)

No dejes que nadie impida que vengas a Cristo

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VII Domingo Ordinario, Año B: 19 Febrero 2012
Isa 43, 18-19.21-22.24-25; Sal 40; 2 Cor 1, 18-22; Mc 2, 1-12

Esta historia del Evangelio es una que podemos recordar e imaginar fácilmente. Nuestro Señor está en casa, rodeado por mucha gente; el techo se abre; un hombre paralítico se baja en una camilla; Jesús lo perdona; él y los escribas discuten; y entonces sana la parálisis del hombre, y él se levanta y sale andando. ¡Maravilloso!

Pero lo que noto hoy es un detalle del principio de la cuenta. “Se juntaron muchos, de manera que ya no había sitio frente a la puerta.” Por eso, los cuatro llevando al paralítico no podían acercarse a Jesús por la cantidad de gente. (more…)

Don’t let anyone keep you from Christ

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7th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B: Feb. 19, 2012
Isa 43:18-19, 21-22, 24-25; Ps 41; 1 Cor 1:18-22; Mark 2:1-12

This is one of the vivid stories in the Gospels. Jesus is at home, surrounded by a crowd; the roof opens up; a paralyzed man is lowered down on a mat; Jesus forgives his sins; he has a moment of dispute with the scribes present; and then he heals the man’s paralysis, and he gets up and walks away. Amazing!

But what catches my attention is right as the story is opening. “Many gathered together so that there was no longer room for them, not even around the door.” It’s sort of like one of those sayings attributed to Yogi Berra: “Nobody goes there anymore. It’s too crowded.” And so the four men were unable to get near Jesus because of the crowd. (more…)

The Eucharistic Prayer

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11th in a series of short homilies on the Mass

We read in the Gospel according to Matthew: “Now as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed, and broke it, and gave it to the disciples and said, ‘Take, eat; this is my body.'” (Matt 26:26) These four actions are distinctive—took, blessed, broke, and gave—so that we recognize them when the Gospel writers use them at other times (when Christ miraculously multiplies the loaves and fishes, and when he appears to the disciples on the road to Emmaus: Matt 14:19; Mark 6:41, 14:22; Luke 9:16, 24:30). And they are performed again in every Mass:

  • took, when the gifts are brought forward and the altar prepared;
  • blessed, in the entire Eucharistic Prayer;
  • broke, in the fraction rite;
  • and gave, in Holy Communion.
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One in Christ

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10th in a series of short homilies on the Mass

The Second Vatican Council observed that the world longs for unity—and yet we always find different forces and divisions that drive people apart. How can this unity ever be achieved? The Council wrote:

God… does not make men holy and save them merely as individuals, without bond or link between one another. Rather has it pleased Him to bring men together as one people, a people which acknowledges Him in truth and serves Him in holiness. (Lumen gentium, 9)

And the Church that Christ calls and forms becomes “a lasting and sure seed of unity, hope and salvation for the whole human race.” A seed: small, but containing within itself that unity; and, as it draws persons into it, bringing them that unity that they long for.


In the heart of the Trinity

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9th in a series of short homilies on the Mass

In my last homily in this series, we saw that, in the Mass, we join with all the saints and angels in heaven, and lead all humanity and all creation back to the Father. All of heaven and earth united: what a place to be! And yet, the Mass takes us somewhere even deeper than that.

For our Lord Jesus Christ saves us by bringing us into himself: uniting us with him, joining us to him, making us like him. This is why St. Paul so often speaks of being “in Christ”; this is why he wrote, “It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me.” (Gal 2:20) And so, in the Mass, he brings us to the deepest place possible: to the heart of the Trinity. (more…)