Will you give the Lord what he asks?

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10th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C: June 9, 2013
1 Kgs 17:17-24; Ps 30; Gal 1:11-19; Luke 7:11-17

“Give me your son.” That’s the request that we heard the prophet Elijah make of the widow, in the first reading. And what a strange request it is, when we take it by itself: “Give me your son.” What? You don’t just give your son away to someone else, especially to some stranger who isn’t even part of the family.

And perhaps when you hear that phrase you think, as I do, of the terrible scandals that we have heard about for the last decade or so: of those priests who violated trust in abusing children, and those bishops who failed to adequately protect them. Trust was violated; and so it is that much harder to trust someone else with something as precious as your son—or anything else.

But still the request comes: “Give me your son.” (more…)

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In darkness, choosing the path to joy

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3rd Sunday of Advent, Year C: Dec. 16, 2012
Zeph 3:14-18; Isa 12; Phil 4:4-7; Luke 3:10-18

We hear St. Paul say in our second reading, “Rejoice in the Lord always. I shall say it again: rejoice!” Rejoice: Gaudete! It is from this verse that this Gaudete Sunday takes its name. But how should we take these words of his? Is this just superficial, like glitter or tinsel or wearing rose-colored vestments? Is St. Paul just an overly cheerful person, a Pollyanna?

No, St. Paul is writing this letter from prison! He is probably imprisoned in Rome and is awaiting trial; he doesn’t know whether he might be executed. (more…)

Pentecostés, la Virgen, y decir Sí al Espíritu Santo

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Domingo de Pentecostés, Año B: 27 Mayo 2012
Hch 2, 1-11; Sal 103; Gal 5, 16-25; Jn 15, 26-27; 16, 12-15

Oímos en el libro de Génesis, capítulo 11, de la torre de Babel—de cómo, muy temprano en la historia humana, en un valle en Mesopotamia, se intentó edificar una gran torre—una torre cuya cúspide llegara al cielo para que sus edificadores pusieran hacerse un nombre. (Gn 11:4) Fue un proyecto de orgullo y ambición humana, con la intención de edificarse sin Dios—y produjo tensión, confusión, y división; y los que intentaron colaborar fueron separados, hablando distintas idiomas, morando muy alejados.

Hoy, en la fiesta de Pentecostés, celebramos la revocación de Babel. (more…)

Pentecost, the Virgin Mary, and saying Yes to the Holy Spirit

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Pentecost Sunday, Year B: May 27, 2012
Mass during the Day: Acts 2:1-11; Ps 104; Gal 5:16-25; John 15:26-27, 16:12-15

We read in the 11th chapter of the Book of Genesis about the Tower of Babel—about how, in the mists of early human history, there was an attempt, in a valley in Mesopotamia, to build a large tower—a tower with its top in the sky, so that its builders could make a name for themselves. (Gen 11:4) It was a project of human pride and ambition, trying to build themselves up apart from God—and it resulted in tension, confusion, and division—those who had tried to work together then separated, speaking different languages, living in different places.

On this day, the Feast of Pentecost, we celebrate the reversal of Babel. (more…)