Put on the splendor of glory from God

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2nd Sunday of Advent, Year C: Dec. 6, 2015
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Does God believe in you?

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2nd Sunday of Lent, Year A: March 16, 2014
Gen 12:1-4; Ps 33; 2 Tim 1:8-10; Matt 17:1-9 (more…)

¿Dios cree en usted?

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II Domingo de Cuaresma, Año A: 16 Marzo 2014
Gen 12, 1-4; Sal 32; 2 Tim 1, 8-10; Mt 17, 1-9 (more…)

To shine his light in hearts, Christ calls each personally

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3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A: Jan. 26, 2014
Isa 8:23–9:3; Ps 27; 1 Cor 1:10-13, 17; Matt 4:12-13

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Para brillar su luz en corazones, Cristo llama a cada uno

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III Domingo Ordinario, Año A: 26 Enero 2014
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You have been chosen. You have been called.

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2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B: Jan. 15, 2012
1 Sam 3:3-10, 19; Ps 40; 1 Cor 6:13-15, 17-20; John 1:35-42

Can you imagine what it would have been like to be young Samuel that night, when he realized that it was the Lord himself speaking to him? And that this was the beginning of his calling to be a prophet—which would change the rest of his earthly life. How that night would have stood out in his memory! The night that everything changed.

Or can you imagine being the young shepherd boy David, when the much older Samuel came to anoint him as king of Israel? Or Moses, when the Lord asked him from the burning bush to set his people free? (more…)

God wants to do amazing things in your life—so let him!

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17th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A: July 24, 2011
1 Kg 3:5, 7-12; Ps 119; Rom 8:28-30; Matt 13:44-52

When I was much younger, and I heard these parables from Jesus about the Pearl of Great Price and the Treasure in the Field, I would wonder: How could that possibly work? After all, in the parable, Jesus says that the person who finds the pearl and the treasure “sells all that he has and buys it.” And I would think: He sold everything? His house; his donkey and cart; his tools; his clothes; his food? So now he has nothing at all except this pearl or whatever treasure was buried in the field! Now what? What does he eat? Where does he live? What good would a pearl do for you, if that’s all you had?

But the kingdom of heaven, the Kingdom of God, is different. (more…)

God charges you with the mission of a lifetime

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17th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A: July 24, 2011
1 Kg 3:5, 7-12; Ps 119; Rom 8:28-30; Matt 13:44-52

Young Solomon was nervous. His father, the great King David, had just died after a 40-year reign; and now Solomon had been chosen to succeed him as king, at the young age of—well, Scripture doesn’t specify, but the age 18 or his 20s is a pretty good guess. And now he was faced with, not just surviving palace intrigues to overthrow him; but also the weight and responsibility of governing a vast people justly and well. How would he ever be up to the task?

And, although this moment in Solomon’s life happened some 3000 years ago, we know what it was like, don’t we? For every one of us has faced such moments, perhaps many times. (more…)

Check the compass of your heart

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2nd Sunday of Lent, Year A: March 20, 2011
Gen 12:1-4; Ps 33; 2 Tim 1:8-10; Matt 17:1-9

In our first reading today, we hear the beginning of the story of Abraham. Just a few verses earlier, we heard his name, and who his father was, who his wife was, where he lived. But the story really begins when the Lord speaks to him and says: “Go forth from your country, and from your relatives and from your father’s house, to the land that I will show you.” And so Abraham set out for a land he did not know.

And isn’t that a lot like so many of us, who also have moved far from where we were born and where our relatives live? Aren’t we a lot like Abraham?

But we should not be too quick to say Yes to that. Because there is another story we know of someone who makes a journey after the Lord speaks to him: the prophet Jonah. (more…)