Jesus asks: “What do you want me to do for you?”

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30th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B: Oct. 28, 2012
Jer 31:7-9; Ps 126; Heb 5:1-6; Mark 10:46-52

Immediately Bartimaeus received his sight. And the first thing he saw was Jesus: the eyes of Jesus, shining with power and love and healing; the eyes of the one who had given him his sight. And he followed Jesus on the way.

Jesus is famous for asking questions. Some years ago, the Jesuit Father John Dear began to write down every question Jesus ever asked in the Gospels—and he got to 307 questions, not even counting the questions that are contained in Jesus’ parables (see his book The Questions of Jesus). And one of Jesus’ most provocative questions is the one that he asks Bartimaeus in today’s Gospel reading: “What do you want me to do for you?” (more…)

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Cristo te envía, para extender su Reino por medio de ti

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XVI Domingo Ordinario, Año A: 17 Julio 2011
Sab 12, 13.16-19; Sal 85; Rom 8, 26-27; Mt 13, 24-43

¿A veces te sientes que has sido enviado y extendido a un lugar extraño y remoto? ¿que estás rodeado por personas que no son buenas sino parecen a cizaña? ¿que siempre estás pedido que anides y des vida a otros? ¿Te preguntas: Por qué pasa la vida así?

Pero esto no es una equivocación. Es el plan de nuestro Señor Jesucristo, y de Dios Padre, como él nos dice en nuestra lectura del Evangelio de hoy. (more…)

Even amid scandal, Christ wants his Kingdom to grow through you

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16th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A: July 17, 2011
Wis 12:13, 16-19; Ps 86; Rom 8:26-27; Matt 13:24-43

The Kingdom of God is alive! The Kingdom of God is growing! Its growth will be astonishing, our Lord Jesus said. It will penetrate and pervade everywhere. And yet it will contain many problematic people, who sin and do evil and lead others to do so as well—and this will last until the final judgment. So it is not a simple picture.

Today our Gospel reading continues in the 13th chapter of Matthew, and Jesus continues telling parables about the Kingdom of God. Just like the parable of the sower that we heard last week, two of the parables that we hear today use the analogy of farming; and one uses the analogy of kneading dough in preparation for baking. (more…)