Tóquenme y vean que el amor venció la muerte

Una homilía para un Día de Oracíon del Proyecto Raquel, que ayuda a mujeres y hombres que sufren por haberse hecho o contribuido en un aborto provocado. No fue grabada.
III Domingo de Pascua, Año B: 21 Abril 2012
Hch 3, 13-15.17-19; Sal 4; 1 Jn 2, 1-5; Lc 24, 35-48

Cristo resucitado dijo a sus apóstoles: “Soy yo en persona. Tóquenme y convénzanse.”

Y claro que era difícil creerlo. Habían visto lo que había sufrido hace pocos días: las acusaciones falsas, la condenación, el azotar, la corona de espinas, la vía dolorosa, los clavos, y, por fin, la muerte. Habían visto todo esto—o habían oído de ello, los que habían huido. (more…)

¡Qué grande es la Divina Misericordia!

Una traducción de la homilía que prediqué en inglés en el Domingo de la Divina Misericordia.
II Domingo de Pascua (o de Divina Misericordia), Año B: 15 Abril 2012
Hch 4, 32-35; Sal 117; 1 Jn 5, 1-6; Jn 20, 19-31

Hace nueve días, recordamos la dolorosa Pasión de nuestro Señor Jesucristo: cuando, voluntariamente, extendió sus brazos entre el cielo y la tierra, y derramó su Sangre Preciosa por nosotros. Y, por los que lo estaban matando, clavando sus manos y sus pies a la cruz, dijo: “Padre, perdónalos, porque no saben lo que hacen.” (Lc 23, 34)

Hace nueve días, recordamos la gran provisión de la Divina Misericordia, cuando, después de que nuestro Señor entregó el espíritu, uno de los soldados le traspasó el costado con una lanza, y al momento salió sangre y agua (Jn 19, 30.34)—esos dos corrientes de su gracia que se simbolizan por los dos rayos de luz que vio Santa Faustina brillando desde su Corazón: (more…)

How great is the Divine Mercy!

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2nd Sunday of Easter (or of Divine Mercy): April 15, 2012
Acts 4:32-35; Ps 118; 1 John 5:1-6; John 20:19-31

Nine days ago, we remembered the sorrowful Passion of our Lord Jesus: when he freely stretched out his arms between heaven and earth, and poured out his Precious Blood for us. And for those who were putting him to death, who were pounding the nails into his hands and feet, he said: “Father, forgive them, they know not what they do.” (Luke 23:34)

Nine days ago, we remembered that great provision of Divine Mercy, when, after our Lord Jesus had handed over the spirit, a soldier thrust his lance into his side, and immediately blood and water flowed out (John 19:30, 34)—those two great streams of grace that were symbolized by the two rays of light that St. Faustina saw shining forth from his Heart: (more…)

How can you believe that Christ is risen?

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2nd Sunday of Easter, Year B: April 15, 2012
Acts 4:32-35; Ps 118; 1 John 5:1-6; John 20:19-31

“These are written that you may come to believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that, believing, you may have life in his name.

On Easter Sunday, and throughout the 50 days of the Easter Season, we celebrate the truth that our Lord Jesus Christ rose from the dead. The tomb could not hold him. His love conquered death itself, and he rose triumphant, his body transformed and glorified. And he opens the way to us to share in this Resurrection life: partially now, in our souls, through baptism; fully, on the last day, when he raises us up in a resurrection like his. (more…)

The great unexpected overlap of the Resurrection

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Easter Sunday: April 8, 2012
Acts 10:34, 37-43; Ps 118; Col 3:1-4; John 20:1-9

They did not yet understand the Scripture that he had to rise from the dead. Standing right there in the empty tomb, where just hours earlier the most extraordinary event had happened—Jesus Christ had risen from the dead—they did not understand.

And for good reason. First, they were traumatized. Not 72 hours before, they had seen this great teacher and healer, who they had followed for years, captured and dragged away to be falsely accused and condemned to a horrible death by the authorities. They were scarred, and afraid for their own lives. How could they understand?

Second, they knew, like we do, that dead people don’t just get up and walk around again. (more…)

Easter Vigil: The Light of Christ shines in the darkness

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Easter Vigil, Year B: April 7, 2012
Gen 1:1–2:2; Exod 14:15–15:1; Isa 55:1-11; Rom 6:3-11; Mark 16:1-7

Alleluia! Christ is risen! He is truly risen! Alleluia!

Those who are in RCIA this year have been counting down to this day for a long time. And as we listened to the first Old Testament reading, from the Book of Genesis, didn’t it feel like we were back in September again? For, just as then, we began with the Triune God speaking his word into the darkness“Let there be light”— and there was light. And so began God’s good creation—creating freely, out of love—to share his glorious goodness. (more…)

Palm Sunday: What kind of king is this?

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Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord, Year B:
April 1, 2012

At the Procession with Palms
John 12:12-16

Once again we begin Holy Week as we always do: with a joyful procession with palm branches. For so the first Holy Week began on that first Palm Sunday so many years ago: with cloaks and palm branches spread on the road, and palm branches held high, in welcome for the king!

The king, the Son of the great King David, the Messiah, the King of Israel had arrived in Jerusalem! With what joy the crowd welcomed our Lord Jesus! With what hope! (more…)

Domingo de Ramos: ¿Es el Amor amado?

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Domingo de Ramos, Año B: 1 Abril 2012

En la Procesión con Ramos
Jn 12,12-16

Así empezamos la Semana Santa como siempre: en procesión gozosa con ramos. Porque así empezó la primera Semana Santa hace tantos siglos: con mantos y ramas en el camino, y ramas arriba, ¡para dar la bienvenida al rey!

¡El rey, el Hijo del gran Rey David, el Mesías! ¡Había llegado en su capital Jerusalén—y ahora todo cambiaría! ¡Qué alegría! ¡Qué esperanza! “¡Hosanna!”

El muchedumbre dio la bienvenida a un rey, y toda la ciudad se conmovió y decían, “¿Quién es éste?” (Mt 21, 10) Y convino que preguntaban. Quizá unos notaron que este rey no montaba a un caballo de guerra, para conquistar por la violencia; sino a un burrito, porque quiso ganar nuestros corazones. (more…)