Do not pass me by

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16th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C: July 21, 2013
Gen 18:1-10; Ps 15; Col 1:24-28; Luke 10:38-42

The scene in our first reading is memorable. Abraham and his household are camped near Hebron, some 20 miles to the south of present-day Jerusalem in the Holy Land. It was a hot day, and perhaps Abraham was dozing as he sat in the entrance of his tent during the heat of the day. Then, suddenly, he looked up and saw three men. He sprang into action. Offering hospitality was an incredibly important duty in his culture—far more so than in ours—and he hurried to do so—he ran to greet them. And he begged them: Please do not pass your servant by. (more…)

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Vivir por fe como ciudadanos del cielo

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II Domingo de Cuaresma, Año C: 24 Febrero 2013
Gn 15, 5-12.17-18; Sal 26; Flp 3, 17—4, 1; Lc 9, 28-36

En nuestra segunda lectura hoy, oímos que San Pablo nos presenta dos imágenes contrastantes, de cómo vivir en este mundo. Como creaturas corporales, con necesidades y sentimientos físicos, para nosotros es fácil caer en la trampa de ver sólo lo físico—y formar nuestras vidas sólo para seguir propósitos físicos. Y estamos rodeados por los que viven así. Es fácil caer en vivir como si nuestro dios fuera nuestro vientre, y pensar sólo en cosas de la tierra. Si vivimos así, nos hacemos en efecto, como el apóstol dice, enemigos de la cruz de Cristo.

Es fácil caer en esto; pero nuestro Señor Jesús quiere que vivamos de otra manera, con otro propósito. (more…)

A lamp shining in a dark place

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2nd Sunday of Lent, Year B: March 4, 2012
Gen 22:1-2, 9-13, 15-18; Ps 116; Rom 8:31-34; Mark 9:2-10

Surely the most famous verse in the Bible is John 3:16. Seen on bumper stickers, t-shirts, and banners at televised sporting events, it reads: “For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” It is famous because it encapsulates so much of the Gospel: the immense love of God the Father; shown in his gift of God the Son, Jesus Christ; for the purpose of drawing us to eternal life. (more…)

Un amor generoso sin límites

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II Domingo de Cuaresma, Año B: 4 Marzo 2012
Gn 22, 1-2.9-13.15-18; Sal 115; Rom 8, 31-34; Mc 9, 2-10

¡Qué generosidad vemos en Dios! ¡Qué generosidad vemos en su creación del universo!—porque, en la eterna relación de amor en la Santísima Trinidad, sin ningún tipo de necesidad, con libertad creó al mundo, para compartir su bondad.

Y ¡qué generosidad vemos también en nuestra redención! Leemos en el Evangelio según San Juan: “Porque de tal manera amó Dios al mundo, que dio a su Hijo unigénito, para que todo aquel que cree en Él, no se pierda, mas tenga vida eterna.” (Jn 3, 16) Dios Padre nos dio todo, sin retener a nada. (more…)

Dios no tiene nietos: abrazar la totalidad de la fe viva

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XX Domingo Ordinario, Año A: 14 Agosto 2011
Isa 56, 1. 6-7; Sal 66; Rom 11, 13-15. 29-32; Mt 15, 21-28

La Iglesia es católica—que significa “universal.” Y esta verdad es una realización del gran plan de Dios para la redención del todo el mundo: que empezó con un hombre, Abraham, nuestro padre en la fe, y su familia; que expandió a los 12 hijos de Jacob, y a los 12 tribus de una nación, el Pueblo de Israel. Y unos de los profetas, especialmente Isaías, profetizaron la expansión del culto del Dios verdadero a todo el mundo. Escribió de todas las naciones confluyendo al monte de la casa del Señor. (more…)

Faith enough to take the next step with Christ

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2nd Sunday of Lent, Year A: March 20, 2011
Gen 12:1-4; Ps 33; 2 Tim 1:8-10; Matt 17:1-9

In different ways, we hear today about the theme of making a journey: about being called to begin a journey, and about continuing on it. And this relates to our own journey: having been called by Christ and walking with him through life, something we focus upon especially during Lent.

In our first reading, Abraham is about to begin a journey. He knows what he is leaving behind—his country, his relatives, his father’s house—but he doesn’t know where he is going. (more…)

Check the compass of your heart

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2nd Sunday of Lent, Year A: March 20, 2011
Gen 12:1-4; Ps 33; 2 Tim 1:8-10; Matt 17:1-9

In our first reading today, we hear the beginning of the story of Abraham. Just a few verses earlier, we heard his name, and who his father was, who his wife was, where he lived. But the story really begins when the Lord speaks to him and says: “Go forth from your country, and from your relatives and from your father’s house, to the land that I will show you.” And so Abraham set out for a land he did not know.

And isn’t that a lot like so many of us, who also have moved far from where we were born and where our relatives live? Aren’t we a lot like Abraham?

But we should not be too quick to say Yes to that. Because there is another story we know of someone who makes a journey after the Lord speaks to him: the prophet Jonah. (more…)