Sharing the Good News, here and now!

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14th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C: July 7, 2013
Isa 66:10-14; Ps 66; Gal 6:14-18; Luke 10:1-12, 17-20

What an adventure these 72 disciples of Jesus experienced! What a commission, and what results! Our Gospel reading today comes within the long, gradual journey that our Lord Jesus is making from Galilee to Jerusalem, where he will give his life for us on the cross. And we hear today about how he sent these 72 disciples of his ahead of him to every town and place he intended to visit.

Can you imagine being sent on that mission? Going with one other person to places you had never been; speaking to people you had never met; traveling light, as he instructed; moving fast; knowing that many would reject your message, but just moving on to those who would receive it? (more…)

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¡Compartir la Buena Nueva, aquí y ahora!

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XIV Domingo Ordinario, Año C: 7 Julio 2013
Is 66, 10-14; Sal 65; Gal 6, 14-18; Lc 10, 1-12.17-20

¡Qué aventura experimentaron estos 72 discípulos de Jesús! ¡Qué comisión, y qué resultados! Nuestra lectura del Evangelio de hoy aparece dentro de ese viaje largo y gradual que nuestro Señor Jesús hace de Galilea a Jerusalén, donde dará su vida por nosotros en la cruz. Y hoy escuchamos de cómo envió a estos 72 discípulos suyos por delante de él a todos los pueblos y lugares a donde pensaba ir.

¿Puede imaginar ser enviado en esa misión? ¿Ir con una persona a lugares que nunca había estado; hablar con gente que nunca había conocido; viajar con pocas posesiones, como él pidió; mover rápido; saber que muchos rechazarían su mensaje, pero simplemente continuar a los que lo recibirían? (more…)

¡Comparte el gozo!

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XXIII Domingo Ordinario, Año B: 9 Septiembre 2012
Is 35, 4-7; Sal 145; St 2, 1-5; Mc 7, 31-37

¿Notaron el gozo que brota de nuestras lecturas de hoy? En la primera lectura, el Señor dice: “Digan a los de corazón apocado: ‘¡Ánimo! No teman. He aquí que su Dios… viene ya para salvarlos.” Y oímos de la sanación y la renovación de los problemas físicos profundos, como la ceguera y la sordera—y ¡el cojo no sólo anda, sino salta! ¡El mudo no sólo habla, sino canta! Brotan aguas; y la tierra seca se convierte en manantial.

El salmo también habla de los prodigios que Dios hace por los ciegos, los hambrientos; por la viuda y el huérfano; por el cautivo y el oprimido y el forastero. Y grita el salmista: “El Señor siempre es fiel a su palabra… (more…)

Share the joy!

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23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B: Sept. 9, 2012
Isa 35:4-7; Ps 146; James 2:1-5; Mark 7:31-37

Did you notice the joy that bursts out of our readings today? In the first reading, the Lord says: “Say to those whose hearts are frightened: Be strong, fear not! Here is your God… he comes to save you.” And as we hear about the healing and renewing of these deep physical disorders, like blindness and deafness—the lame don’t just walk, they leap! And the mute don’t just speak, they sing! Streams burst forth; and burning, thirsty ground becomes springs of water.

The psalm too speaks of the great things that God does for the blind, the hungry; for widows and the fatherless; for captives and the oppressed and strangers. And the psalmist cries: “The God of Jacob keeps faith forever… (more…)

Levantarlos de las tinieblas

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V Domingo Ordinario, Año B: 5 Febrero 2012
Job 7, 1-4.6-7; Sal 146; 1 Cor 9, 16-19.22-23; Mc 1, 29-39

En la primera lectura, oímos la voz de Job, que ha sufrido mucho. Recordamos que, en el primer capítulo del libro, perdió a todos sus hijos, todas sus posesiones, y su salud corporal—incluso su buena relación con su esposa. Y ahora Job lamenta que sufre meses de infortunio y noches de dolor. Sus noches parecen interminables, sus días demasiado cortos; ha perdido la esperanza de ver la dicha de nuevo.

Y lo entendemos, ¿no? Quizá nosotros también hemos sufrido así; quizá ahora mismo tú sufres. O es probable que conozcas a alguien, o a muchos, que han sufrido mucho infortunio. En tal situación, es fácil sentir sólo, como Job. (more…)

Cristo te envía, para extender su Reino por medio de ti

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XVI Domingo Ordinario, Año A: 17 Julio 2011
Sab 12, 13.16-19; Sal 85; Rom 8, 26-27; Mt 13, 24-43

¿A veces te sientes que has sido enviado y extendido a un lugar extraño y remoto? ¿que estás rodeado por personas que no son buenas sino parecen a cizaña? ¿que siempre estás pedido que anides y des vida a otros? ¿Te preguntas: Por qué pasa la vida así?

Pero esto no es una equivocación. Es el plan de nuestro Señor Jesucristo, y de Dios Padre, como él nos dice en nuestra lectura del Evangelio de hoy. (more…)

Even amid scandal, Christ wants his Kingdom to grow through you

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16th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A: July 17, 2011
Wis 12:13, 16-19; Ps 86; Rom 8:26-27; Matt 13:24-43

The Kingdom of God is alive! The Kingdom of God is growing! Its growth will be astonishing, our Lord Jesus said. It will penetrate and pervade everywhere. And yet it will contain many problematic people, who sin and do evil and lead others to do so as well—and this will last until the final judgment. So it is not a simple picture.

Today our Gospel reading continues in the 13th chapter of Matthew, and Jesus continues telling parables about the Kingdom of God. Just like the parable of the sower that we heard last week, two of the parables that we hear today use the analogy of farming; and one uses the analogy of kneading dough in preparation for baking. (more…)

Are you a witness to the risen Christ? A messenger?

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2nd Sunday of Easter, Year A: May 1, 2011
Acts 2:42-47; Ps 118; 1 Pet 1:3-9; John 20:19-31

For 8 days now, since last Sunday, we have been celebrating the fact that Christ is risen from the dead!—a fact that was first discovered when St. Mary Magdalene and other women went to the tomb and found that the stone had been rolled away and the tomb was empty. There was no dead body; only the burial cloths remained. And there were angels, who they saw there and who told them the good news.

Now the word for angel in the original Greek of the New Testament is angelos, which literally means “messenger.” And how fitting that these powerful, immortal creatures should be called messengers, since this is one of the most important jobs they fulfill for the Lord. [CCC 328, 330] And that is why they were at the empty tomb: to tell the women, “He is not here, for he has been raised.” [Matt 28:6] And also to commission the women as messengers: “Go quickly and tell his disciples…” Which they did. And so a whole chain of message-carrying begins with the angels. (more…)

How does a servant of God seize the moment?

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25th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C: Sept. 19, 2010
Amos 8:4-7; Ps 113:1-2, 4-8; 1 Tim 2:1-8; Luke 16:1-13

There is a Catholic blogger, a young wife and mother, who recently invited her readers to imagine the following: Imagine that you have taken a trip to Mongolia. And you’ve got quite a bit of time to explore this far-off land. And so one day you are hiking over some remote plateaus, where not very many people live. And off in the distance, you see a human figure, a long way off. And this person is coming toward you, closer and closer. You figure it must be one of the local Mongolians who live in that region. This person comes closer and closer. And then you recognize him: it’s your next-door neighbor, from Maryland! What is he doing here? (more…)

The Prodigal Son and the New Evangelization

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24th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C: Sept. 11-12, 2010
Exod 32:7-11, 13-14; Ps 51:3-4, 12-13, 17, 19; 1 Tim 1:12-17; Luke 15:1-32

There are so many in our world who have lost their way and are far from God. And how will we respond?

This is a question that is posed to several in our readings today. In the first reading it seems that the Lord is testing Moses by saying to him that he intends to destroy the People of Israel, there in the desert, for having turned to an idol—and to instead raise up Moses and make a great nation of him. And what will Moses say to that? And Moses certainly passes the test, because he does not say, “Oh yes, make a great nation of me.” No, he says: show mercy and compassion to your people, (more…)