Was blind but now I see

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4th Sunday of Lent, Year A: March 15, 2015
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Jesús y el ciego de nacimiento

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IV Domingo de Cuaresma, Año A: 30 Marzo 2014
1 Sm 16, 1.6-7.10-13; Sal 22; Ef 5, 8-14; Jn 9, 1-41 (more…)

Jesus and the man born blind

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4th Sunday of Lent, Year A: March 30, 2014
1 Sam 16:1, 6-7, 10-13; Ps 23; Eph 5:8-14; John 9:1-41 (more…)

La verdad del Viernes Santo

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Viernes Santo de la Pasión del Señor: 29 Marzo 2013
Is 52, 13—53, 12; Sal 30; Heb 4, 14-16; 5, 7-9; Jn 18, 1—19, 42

En el Viernes Santo nos encontramos cara a cara con la pasión, el sufrimiento, de nuestro Señor Jesucristo. Y es un sufrimiento doloroso y terrible. Nos golpea presenciarlo: oírlo de nuevo, verlo de nuevo, en el drama y la liturgia, en la memoria y la historia.

De hecho, nos horrorizamos al verlo— como hemos escuchado en la primera lectura—porque estaba desfigurado su semblante, que no tenía ya aspecto de hombre… (more…)

The truth of Good Friday

This is a translation of the Spanish homily I preached.
Good Friday of the Passion of the Lord: March 29, 2013
Isa 52:13–53:12; Ps 31; Heb 4:14-16, 5:7-9; John 18:1–19:42

On Good Friday we come face to face with the Passion, the suffering, of our Lord Jesus Christ. And it is terrible, painful suffering. It hits us hard to witness it: to hear it again, to see it again, in drama and liturgy, in memory and history.

Indeed, we are amazed at him—as we heard in the first reading: amazed at him—so marred was his look beyond human semblance and his appearance beyond that of the sons of man… (more…)

La ceguera, la vista, y la Luz del Mundo

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IV Domingo de Cuaresma, Año A: 10 Marzo 2013
1 Sm 16, 1.6-7.10-13; Sal 23; Ef 5, 8-14; Jn 9, 1-41

El sentido de la vista es algo que valoramos muy positivamente. A veces, los adolescentes y estudiantes universitarios se preguntan unos a otros: “Si tuvieras que perder uno de sus cinco sentidos, ¿cuál sería?” Y, finalmente, la cuestión avanza a los dos sentidos que la mayoría de la gente valora más: la vista y el oído. Y se preguntan: “Si tuvieras que perder la vista o el oído, ¿cuál sería?” Es una decisión difícil de hacer; pero la mayoría de la gente elegirá a perder su oído y mantener su vista.

Porque nuestra vista nos comunica mucho del mundo que nos rodea. Nos permite detectar el peligro y defender en contra de ella; saber dónde ir y dónde no ir; saber quién y qué está cerca de nosotros, y muchas cosas acerca de ellos. Ser ciego, en comparación, implica funcionar con mucho perdido. (more…)

To see, and to see more deeply

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4th Sunday of Lent, Year A: March 18, 2012
1 Sam 16:1, 6-7, 10-13; Ps 23; Eph 5:8-14; John 9:1-41

The sense of sight is something we value very highly. Sometimes teenagers and college students will ask each other the question, “If you had to lose one of your five senses, which one would it be?” And eventually the question progresses to the two senses that most people value most highly: sight and hearing. And they ask, “If you had to lose your sight or your hearing, which would it be?” It’s a tough call to make; but most people will choose to lose their hearing and keep their sight. (more…)

Darkness, blindness, sin, and the light of Christ

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4th Sunday of Lent, Year A: April 3, 2011
1 Sam 16:1, 6-7, 10-13; Ps 23; Eph 5:8-14; John 9:1-41

You were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. What a great sentence! And what a cause for joy, on this Laetare Sunday when we rejoice as we remember the joyful purpose and goal for which we engage in Lenten penance: to attain to the resurrection and reach heavenly glory.

You were once darkness—and what does someone who is darkness look like? What did you look like when you were darkness? Well, first of all, you looked like a newborn baby. That’s what you looked like when you were darkness.

But how can that be? So little and cute and precious? (more…)