The older brother: just as lost and needing to be found

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24th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C: Sept. 11, 2016
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Clean and beautiful, inside and out

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22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B: Aug. 30, 2015
Deut 4:1-2, 6-8; Ps 15; James 1:17-18, 21-22, 27; Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23

In the Gospel reading we have just heard, the Pharisees and the scribes took Jesus’ disciples to task for not washing their hands before eating, according to the customs of the time. Now, we should remember that their motivation for such handwashing was not being sanitary, but rather ritual purity. The law that the Lord gave his people in the Old Covenant required certain kinds of washing—especially of priests preparing to offer sacrifice, but also of all people in certain circumstances—for the sake of ritual purity.

But there is a problem with the Pharisees’ view of this: (more…)

Qué significa perdonar después de un daño terrible

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XXIV Domingo Ordinario, Año A: 11 Septiembre 2011
Sir 27, 30–28, 7; Sal 102; Rom 14, 7-9; Mt 18, 21-35

Nuestro Señor Jesucristo nos habla hoy del tema del perdón. Y el perdón es un tema muy familiar y también muy susceptible para todos. Lo conocemos; y sabemos que a veces es muy difícil cumplir este mandamiento del Señor.

Y oímos sus palabras en un día en lo cual los Estados Unidos, y el mundo, recuerdan los ataques terroristas del 11 de Septiembre, 2001—hace diez años. Fue un día en lo cual este país experimentó lo mismo que otros países y otras gentes han experimentado: una gran herida del terrorismo o alguno otro golpe, que causó mucho dolor, mucho temor, muchas dudas.

Recordando esta tragedia y otras semejantes, quizá nos preguntamos: ¿Cómo se relaciona el perdón con estos? (more…)

September 11 and the truth of forgiveness

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24th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A: Sept. 11, 2011
Sir 27:30–28:7; Ps 103; Rom 14:7-9; Matt 18:21-35

Today we hear strong teaching from our Lord Jesus on how we must forgive others. And this comes as our nation recalls the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001—ten years ago. As we recall that day, and the days and weeks that followed—a time of pain and fear and uncertainty—we may well wonder: What does forgiveness have to do with that?

For the actions of September 11 caused great harm: physical death for nearly 3000; physical injury for many more; emotional pain and damage, in different degrees, for the entire country and even the world; as well as much physical destruction. They also sparked great fear (more…)