Ven al Pan de la Vida

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XVIII Domingo Ordinario, Año B: 5 Agosto 2012
Ex 16, 2-4.12-15; Sal 77; Ef 4, 17.20-24; Jn 6, 24-35

¿Por qué vienes a Misa esta tarde? Como la muchedumbre en la lectura del Evangelio, cada uno has viajado a este lugar—no por barca, como ellos, sino por coche, o quizá por andar. Y, ¿por qué has venido? ¿Buscas a Jesús, como buscaron ellos? ¿Dónde esperas encontrarlo? Y ¿qué esperas recibir de él?

En la semana pasada, oímos que Jesús alimentó milagrosamente a esta muchedumbre de 5000 hombres, sin contar las mujeres y los niños, con cinco panes y dos pescados, hasta que se saciaron. (more…)

Looking for Jesus

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18th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B: Aug. 5, 2012
Exod 16:2-4, 12-15; Ps 78; Eph 4:17, 20-24; John 6:24-35

What brings you to Mass today? Like the crowd in the Gospel reading, each of you has traveled to this place—not by boat, but mostly by car, perhaps a few on foot. And why have you come? Are you looking for Jesus, as they were? If so, where do you expect to find him? And what do you hope to receive from him?

Last week, we heard about Jesus miraculously feeding this crowd of 5000 men, plus women and children—multiplying five loaves and two fish so that they could all have as much as they wanted. (more…)

Para recibir los dones que Dios nos envía, primero debemos sacar las piedras y las espinas

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XV Domingo Ordinario, Año A: 10 Julio 2011
Isa 55, 10-11; Sal 64; Rom 8, 18-23; Mat 13, 1-23

Oímos en las lecturas del hoy que la palabra de Dios es enviado. Es enviado de un lugar a otro: de un lugar muy alto—las nubes del cielo o la mano del sembrador—a otro lugar más bajo, el terreno. Es enviado a los pueblos y a las personas individuales. Y es enviado con una misión para cumplir.

Muchos de Uds. conocen bien lo que es ser enviado con una misión, ¿no?

La palabra es enviado a nosotros mismos. Y no es enviado primeramente para sacar algo de nosotros, sino para darnos algo—para darnos la gracia de Dios—que necesitamos profundamente. ¿Qué nos da? (more…)

To receive the amazing gifts of God, first clear away the rocks and weeds

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15th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A: July 9-10, 2011
Isa 55:10-11; Ps 65; Rom 8:18-23; Matt 13:1-23

How amazing is the Word of God! How wonderful the grace of God, which enters into our lives as we hear his word and receive it and understand it and are converted, so that he may heal us.

  • It brings us life—a supernatural life that it contains within itself, as within a seed that enters into lifeless ground, and there springs up and transforms it.
  • It brings nourishment, like the rain and snow that enter into thirsty dry ground—filling it with the water that it desperately needs, and changing it; breaking up its clods, softening it, drenching it.
  • And it brings fruit—fruit that is beautiful and rich and fragrant; fruit that is pleasing to the Lord and nourishing to others who behold it. (more…)

Can you honor Christmas in your heart, and keep it all the year?

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Christmas, Vigil Mass: December 24, 2010
Isa 62:1-5; Ps 89; Acts 13:16-17, 22-25; Matt 1:18-25

My brothers and sisters, Merry Christmas!

What a remarkable time of year this is! At what other time throughout the year does everyone, all at once: stop working and take time off, even a whole week or two; travel far away to visit relatives; or host relatives who came a long way to visit them; go to stores that they don’t normally go to; then what they buy they wrap up in colored paper and ribbons; go to lots of parties, including at work; and eat strange food and drink like fruitcake and eggnog?

What a time of year this is. And, in the midst of all this unusual activity, the focus is often on the children. (more…)