La noticia buena e inquietante de la Resurrección

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Domingo de Pascua de la Resurrección del Señor:
31 Marzo 2013

Hch 10, 34.37-43; Sal 117; Col 3, 1-4; Lc 24, 13-35

Imagine por un momento qué habría pasado si la resurrección no hubiera ocurrido. En ese caso, cuando llegaron las mujeres al sepulcro muy de mañana, llevando sus perfumes, habrían encontrado la piedra todavía sentada firmemente en frente del sepulcro; y habrían tenido que encontrar a algunas personas para ayudarles a retirarla; y entonces habrían ungido el cuerpo muerto de Jesús. Habría sido una escena triste y depresiva: las mujeres, lamentando este profeta de Galilea, que había ido pasando haciendo el bien, sanando a muchos—ahora sólo otra víctima, traicionado por sus compatriotas y aplastado por el imperio. (more…)

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The uncomfortable good news of the Resurrection

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Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of the Lord:
March 31, 2013

Acts 10:34, 37-43; Ps 118; Col 3:1-4; Luke 24:1-12

Imagine for a moment that the resurrection didn’t happen. In that case, when the women went to the tomb at daybreak carrying their spices, they would have found the stone firmly in front of the entrance; they would have had to find some people to help them to roll it away; and they would have anointed the dead body of Jesus. It would have been a sad, depressing scene: the women, sorrowing over this prophet from Galilee, who had gone about doing good and healing many—now just one more victim, betrayed by his countrymen and crushed by the empire. (more…)

La verdad del Viernes Santo

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Viernes Santo de la Pasión del Señor: 29 Marzo 2013
Is 52, 13—53, 12; Sal 30; Heb 4, 14-16; 5, 7-9; Jn 18, 1—19, 42

En el Viernes Santo nos encontramos cara a cara con la pasión, el sufrimiento, de nuestro Señor Jesucristo. Y es un sufrimiento doloroso y terrible. Nos golpea presenciarlo: oírlo de nuevo, verlo de nuevo, en el drama y la liturgia, en la memoria y la historia.

De hecho, nos horrorizamos al verlo— como hemos escuchado en la primera lectura—porque estaba desfigurado su semblante, que no tenía ya aspecto de hombre… (more…)

The truth of Good Friday

This is a translation of the Spanish homily I preached.
Good Friday of the Passion of the Lord: March 29, 2013
Isa 52:13–53:12; Ps 31; Heb 4:14-16, 5:7-9; John 18:1–19:42

On Good Friday we come face to face with the Passion, the suffering, of our Lord Jesus Christ. And it is terrible, painful suffering. It hits us hard to witness it: to hear it again, to see it again, in drama and liturgy, in memory and history.

Indeed, we are amazed at him—as we heard in the first reading: amazed at him—so marred was his look beyond human semblance and his appearance beyond that of the sons of man… (more…)

Holy Thursday: the Lamb of God rescues us and makes us his own

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Holy Thursday: March 28, 2013
Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper

Exod 12:1-8, 11-14; Ps 116; 1 Cor 11:23-26; John 13:1-15

Tonight we celebrate the Mass of the Lord’s Supper. This occurred in the midst of the yearly Jewish celebration of Passover in Jerusalem. This past Sunday we heard from the Gospel of Luke: “When the hour came, he took his place at table with the apostles. He said to them, ‘I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer…'” (Luke 22:14-15) And so let us remember what this Passover celebration was; for our Lord Jesus then took it and raised it to a whole new level in himself. (more…)

Palm Sunday: Responding to the passionate love of Christ

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Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord, Year C:
March 24, 2013

At the Procession with Palms
Luke 19:28-40

For all the mighty deeds they had seen… his disciples began to praise God aloud with joy.

For some three years, Jesus’ disciples had traveled with him. They had listened to his wise and powerful words; they had seen his miraculous deeds, healing and feeding and freeing; they had experienced his love, for them and for others.

And now they saw him approaching Jerusalem as a benevolent king. (more…)

Domingo de Ramos: La Pasión de Jesús y la respuesta de la fe

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Domingo de Ramos, Año C: 24 Marzo 2013
Is 50, 4-7; Sal 21; Flp 2, 6-11; Lc 22, 14—23, 56

La cuenta de la Pasión y la muerte de nuestro Señor Jesucristo siempre nos afecta profundamente. Es una historia conocida: conocemos a las varias personas y eventos, sus palabras y acciones. Pero lo conocemos aún más profundamente, porque reconocemos sus elementos dentro de nuestras propias vidas; y por eso resulta más notable por ser más familiar: la interacción del amor y el odio, de la verdad y la mentira, de la avaricia y el poder y el sufrimiento, del miedo y pérdida y dolor; de la generosidad y la fidelidad, de la traición y la muerte.

En el centro de todo esto es nuestro Señor Jesucristo, que ama con toda la fuerza de su Sagrado Corazón. (more…)

Girar de cisternas agrietadas a la Fuente de aguas vivas

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V Domingo de Cuaresma, Año C: 17 Marzo 2013
Is 43, 16-21; Sal 125; Flp 3, 8-14; Jn 8, 1-11

El encuentro con nuestro Señor Jesús es una experiencia inolvidable. Conocerlo por primera vez, o encontrarlo otra vez en una forma nueva, es algo que nunca olvidaremos. Seguramente la mujer acusada, cuya historia se cuenta en la lectura del Evangelio de hoy, nunca olvidó a este hombre que literalmente le salvó la vida y probablemente cambió su curso de vida a partir de aquel momento.

Claro que no es el caso que todos nosotros conocimos a Jesús de una manera tan dramática. De hecho, para muchos de nosotros, la primera vez que lo conocimos es un momento que no podemos recordar, porque éramos niños cuando lo conocimos en el bautismo: (more…)

Turning from broken cisterns to the Source of living waters

This is a translation of the Spanish homily that I preached on this Sunday.
5th Sunday of Lent, Year C: March 17, 2013
Isa 43:16-21; Ps 126; Phil 3:8-14; John 8:1-11

Encountering our Lord Jesus is an unforgettable experience. To meet him for the first time, or to meet him in a new way, is something we never forget. Surely the accused woman whose story is told in our Gospel reading today never forgot this man who literally saved her life and probably changed its course from then on.

Not all of us meet Jesus in such a dramatic fashion. Indeed, for many of us, the first time we met him is a time we cannot remember, because we were infants when we met him in baptism: (more…)

The courage to be a forgiven sinner

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5th Sunday of Lent, Year C: March 17, 2013
Isa 43:16-21; Ps 126; Phil 3:8-14; John 8:1-11

In response, they went away one by one… until Jesus was left alone with the woman before him. Our Lord Jesus had not told any member of that group to leave; he also had not told any to stay. Yet all of the accusing Pharisees left; while the accused woman stayed there with Jesus. Why? What made the difference?

It’s not very difficult to see: the situation of each one had changed, in a way that made many want to leave, and one want to stay.

  • The Pharisees had arrived in a powerful position: righteous; pointing the finger (more…)