Hipócritas hambrientos y Halloween

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XXX Domingo Ordinario, Año C: 27 Octubre 2013
Sir 35, 15-17; Sal 33; 2 Tim 4, 6-8.16-18; Lc 18, 9-14

En pocos días, este jueves por la noche, ¡las calles se llenarán de hipócritas! Un montón de pequeños hipócritas—y tal vez algunos más grandes también.

Puede parecer extraño llamarlos hipócritas, cuando esa no es la manera normal en la cual usamos la palabra. Pero no es incorrecta, cuando pensamos en como la palabra viene directamente del griego hypocritēs, que originalmente significó “actor de teatro.” Porque los actores se hicieron pasar por otra persona—usando ropa diferente, a veces hablando a través de una máscara—y de allí también tomó la palabra el sentido que utilizamos hoy en día.

¡Y todos los hipócritas vagando nuestras calles serán extrañamente hambrientos! (more…)

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Hungry hypocrites on Halloween

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30th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C: Oct. 27, 2013
Sir 35:12-14, 16-18; Ps 34; 2 Tim 4:6-8, 16-18; Luke 18:9-14

In just a few days, this Thursday evening, the streets will be filled with hypocrites! Lots of little hypocrites—and maybe some bigger ones too.

It might seem strange to call them hypocrites, when that isn’t how we normally use the word! But it isn’t inaccurate, when we think of where the word comes from, directly from the Greek hypocritēs, which originally meant “stage-actor.” For those actors pretended to be someone else—wearing different clothes, sometimes speaking through a mask—and from there the word also took on the meaning that we use today.

And the hypocrites roaming our streets will all be strangely hungry! (more…)

Rejoice! Jesus is coming soon!

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33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B: Nov. 18, 2012
Dan 12:1-3; Ps 16; Heb 10:11-14, 18; Mark 13:24-32

At this time of year, the days are getting darker, the weather is getting colder; and our liturgical year is coming to its end. Today is the second-last Sunday of the liturgical year, and the last one in which we will hear from the Gospel according to Mark in this Year B of the lectionary cycle. And today we hear a portion of Chapter 13 of that Gospel, in which Jesus is telling his disciples what to expect in the future—so that this chapter is sometimes known as the “Little Apocalypse.”

And we notice that he cautions them: “Of that day or hour, no one knows.” (more…)

“Give me oil in my lamp”: Looking toward death, judgment, and the Resurrection

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32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A: Nov. 6, 2011
Wis 6:12-16; Ps 63; 1 Thess 4:13-18; Matt 25:1-13

This past week has presented us with several opportunities to think about the end of this earthly life, and what comes next.

  • On Monday evening, Halloween, we saw ghosts and skeletons walking down our streets, vampires and zombies coming up the walk, angels and little devils ringing our doorbells!
  • On Tuesday, All Saints, we gathered at Mass to celebrate all the holy men and women who have gone before us to reach the glory of heaven.
  • And on Wednesday, All Souls, we prayed for the repose of the souls of those undergoing their final purification in purgatory in preparation for their heavenly reward.

So it has been a good week for questions. (more…)

All Saints: So great a cloud of witnesses

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All Saints: Nov. 1, 2011
Rev 7:2-4, 9-14; Ps 24; 1 John 3:1-3; Matt 5:1-12

Actors have televised award ceremonies, like the Oscars. Athletes have championship trophies and rings. Soldiers have ranks and medals. Journalists have the Pulitzer; scientists have the Nobel. Mothers have Mother’s Day. Employees have… Employee of the Month awards. All of these are ways of publicly giving honor and expressing gratitude for a job well-done—and to encourage others to do the same job and so to hope to achieve that honor as well.

Today is the day that we honor All the Saints.

On other days, we focus in on one saint or a group of saints. So, in the past month, we remembered (more…)

Masks, Hypocrites, and Saints

All Saints: Oct. 31–Nov. 1, 2009
Rev 7:2-4, 9-14; Ps 24:1-6; 1 John 3:1-3; Matt 5:1-12a

If one of my late grandmothers were here, she would have taken one look at you sitting here in the pews and said, or at least thought, “You’re all a bunch of hypocrites.” Why? What did you do? Well, you’re in church! And she would think that I, as the priest, was the worst one of all! When she was growing up in Michigan in the ’20s and ’30s, she was raised Methodist; and as soon as she had the chance she left it all behind—home, Michigan, church. As my mom was growing up, she regularly heard my grandmother say, “The church is just a bunch of hypocrites.”

My grandmother wasn’t very nice sometimes, was she? And why talk about hypocrisy on All Saints? (more…)

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