Discovering that Jesus is God, and that God is three

This is a translation of the Spanish homily I preached.
Most Holy Trinity, Year C: May 26, 2013
Prov 8:22-31; Ps 8; Rom 5:1-5; John 16:12-15

Today we celebrate the truth of the Most Holy Trinity: the great truth that the God we worship is one God in three persons: the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. That God is three, in one way, and is one, in another way: that God is three distinct divine persons, one divine nature, one divine substance.

And we know that this is a distinctively Christian truth. Each Mass begins with the words, “In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” Each person is baptized with the words: “I baptize you in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” (more…)

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Descubrir que Jesús es Dios, y que Dios es tres

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La Santísima Trinidad, Año C: 26 Mayo 2013
Pr 8, 22-31; Sal 8; Rom 5, 1-5; Jn 16, 12-15

Hoy celebramos la verdad de la Santísima Trinidad: la gran verdad de que el Dios que adoramos es un solo Dios en tres personas: el Padre, el Hijo y el Espíritu Santo. Que Dios es tres, de una manera, y es uno, de otra manera: que es tres personas divinas distintas, una naturaleza divina, una substancia divina.

Y sabemos que esta es una verdad distintivamente cristiana. Cada Misa comienza con las palabras: “En el nombre del Padre y del Hijo y del Espíritu Santo.” Cada persona es bautizada con las palabras: “Yo te bautizo en el nombre del Padre y del Hijo y del Espíritu Santo.” (more…)

What do you do with the mystery of the Trinity?

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Most Holy Trinity, Year C: May 26, 2013
Prov 8:22-31; Ps 8; Rom 5:1-5; John 16:12-15

Today we celebrate the mystery of the Most Holy Trinity. But what is a mystery? In books of fiction, a mystery is often a puzzle related to a crime that a detective is supposed to solve. But when we speak about the faith, it means something different. From what I have heard, it is something that you say when you want a child to stop asking questions! “No, I don’t know who or why or how! It’s a mystery. Beat it, kid!”

But, of course, that’s not really what a mystery of the faith is. A mystery is something that is initially out of reach of our human reason— (more…)

The gentle yet blazing gift of the Holy Spirit

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Pentecost Sunday, Year C: May 19, 2013
Mass during the Day: Acts 2:1-11; Ps 104; 1 Cor 12:3-7, 12-13; John 20:19-23

On that first Pentecost Sunday, the disciples experienced the outpouring of the Holy Spirit (CCC 731). We heard about this event in the first reading—and about the amazing events that followed, as they boldly spoke to others about Jesus in languages that they had not previously known. It was an amazing day—a day sometimes called “the birthday of the Church.”

But what is the Holy Spirit? Or, rather, we should ask: who is the Holy Spirit?

The Holy Spirit is one of the three Divine Persons in the Blessed Trinity. That is, to us has been revealed the mystery that the one God is a trinity of persons: (more…)

El don suave pero ardiente del Espíritu Santo

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Domingo de Pentecostés, Año C: 19 Mayo 2013
Misa del Día: Hch 2, 1-11; Sal 103; 1 Cor 12, 3-7.12-13; Jn 20, 19-23

En el primer domingo de Pentecostés, los discípulos experimentaron la efusión del Espíritu Santo (CIC 731). Oímos de este evento en la primera lectura—y de las maravillas que siguieron, de que hablaron con valentía a otros acerca de Jesús en idiomas que no habían conocido. Fue un día increíble—un día a veces llamado “el nacimiento de la Iglesia.”

Pero, ¿qué es el Espíritu Santo? O, más bien, deberíamos preguntar: ¿quién es el Espíritu Santo?

El Espíritu Santo es una de las tres Personas Divinas en la Santísima Trinidad. Es decir, a nosotros ha sido revelado el misterio de que el único Dios es una trinidad de personas: (more…)

Groaning, hoping, and the down payment of the Spirit

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Pentecost Sunday: May 18, 2013
At the Vigil Mass: Gen 11:1-9; Ps 104; Rom 8:22-27; John 7:37-39

The world is groaning. We heard St. Paul write in our first reading: all creation is groaning—is groaning in labor pains even until now; and not only that, but we ourselves… we also groan. Why this groaning? You know. In the verses immediately before this passage, he speaks of the sufferings of this present time; of futility; of slavery to corruption. And we all know what that means. It means political corruption and terrorism; it means sickness and death; it means drudgery and depression; it means conflict and heartache. And so we groan.

And like children on a trip, we say: “Are we there yet?” Because we have hope. (more…)

Going home to Mom—and to our Heavenly Father

This is a translation of the Spanish homily I preached.
Ascension of the Lord, Year C: May 12, 2013
Acts 1:1-11; Ps 47; Eph 1:17-23; Luke 24:46-53

He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. For 40 days after our Lord Jesus Christ rose from the dead on Easter Sunday, he appeared alive to his disciples, spoke with them, ate with them, and unfolded to them the mysteries of what he had done and what he was about to do. And then came the day when he parted from them; when he was taken up to heaven and a cloud took him from their sight; and, as we heard in the first reading, the apostles were left looking intently at the sky—now alone. (more…)

Regresar a casa a Mamá—y al Padre celestial

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Ascensión del Señor, Año C: 12 Mayo 2013
Hch 1, 1-11; Sal 46; Ef 1, 17-23; Lc 24, 46-53

Nuestro Señor Jesucristo subió al cielo, y está sentado a la derecha del Padre. Durante los 40 días después de que resucitó de entre los muertos en el domingo de Pascua, se presentó vivo a sus discípulos, les habló, comió con ellos, y se desarrolló para ellos los misterios de lo que había hecho y que iba a hacer. Y entonces llegó el día en que se fue apartando de ellos, cuando fue elevándose al cielo y una nube lo ocultó a sus ojos; y, como oímos en la primera lectura, los apóstoles se quedaron mirando fijamente al cielo—ahora solos. (more…)

¿Suficiente amor para cumplir su palabra?

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VI Domingo de Pascua, Año C: 5 Mayo 2013
Hch 15, 1-2.22-29; Sal 66; Ap 21, 10-14.22-23; Jn 14, 23-29

En el capítulo 4 del Evangelio según San Juan (4, 13-18), nuestro Señor Jesús está conversando con la mujer samaritana al lado del pozo. Habla de un agua que él puede dar: un agua viva tal que se convertirá dentro de uno en un manantial capaz de dar la vida eterna. La mujer dice: “Señor, dame de esa agua para que no vuelva a tener sed ni tenga que venir hasta aquí a sacarla.” Y entonces Jesús pide: “Ve a llamar a tu marido y vuelve”—aunque ya sabe, como dirá, que ella ha tenido cinco maridos y el de ahora no es su marido. (more…)

Keeping Jesus’ word, from Old Law to New Law

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6th Sunday of Easter, Year C: May 5, 2013
Acts 15:1-2, 22-29; Ps 67; Rev 21:10-14, 22-23; John 14:23-29

We hear our Lord Jesus say in today’s Gospel reading: “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give it to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid.” What beautiful words! We want that kind of peace so much. In fact, the whole world wants that kind of peace. And our Lord Jesus offers it.

But we also hear him say: “Whoever loves me will keep my word.” Now that’s different, isn’t it? It’s one thing to offer peace; it’s another thing to require obedience. (more…)