To whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.

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21st Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B: Aug. 23, 2015
Josh 24:1-2, 15-17, 18; Ps 34; Eph 5:2, 25-32; John 6:51-58

Have you ever thought about one of the teachings of the Catholic Church: “That teaching is hard! It doesn’t seem right. It seems impossible. It seems shocking or offensive!” Maybe you have thought this sometime in the past; maybe you are thinking this right now, as you are here at Mass. I’m sure you have known others who have thought this.

Well, if you have had this reaction, you are in good company— (more…)

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Pentecostés, la Virgen, y decir Sí al Espíritu Santo

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Domingo de Pentecostés, Año B: 27 Mayo 2012
Hch 2, 1-11; Sal 103; Gal 5, 16-25; Jn 15, 26-27; 16, 12-15

Oímos en el libro de Génesis, capítulo 11, de la torre de Babel—de cómo, muy temprano en la historia humana, en un valle en Mesopotamia, se intentó edificar una gran torre—una torre cuya cúspide llegara al cielo para que sus edificadores pusieran hacerse un nombre. (Gn 11:4) Fue un proyecto de orgullo y ambición humana, con la intención de edificarse sin Dios—y produjo tensión, confusión, y división; y los que intentaron colaborar fueron separados, hablando distintas idiomas, morando muy alejados.

Hoy, en la fiesta de Pentecostés, celebramos la revocación de Babel. (more…)

Pentecost, the Virgin Mary, and saying Yes to the Holy Spirit

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Pentecost Sunday, Year B: May 27, 2012
Mass during the Day: Acts 2:1-11; Ps 104; Gal 5:16-25; John 15:26-27, 16:12-15

We read in the 11th chapter of the Book of Genesis about the Tower of Babel—about how, in the mists of early human history, there was an attempt, in a valley in Mesopotamia, to build a large tower—a tower with its top in the sky, so that its builders could make a name for themselves. (Gen 11:4) It was a project of human pride and ambition, trying to build themselves up apart from God—and it resulted in tension, confusion, and division—those who had tried to work together then separated, speaking different languages, living in different places.

On this day, the Feast of Pentecost, we celebrate the reversal of Babel. (more…)

Ascension of the Lord: Christ kicks it up a notch

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Ascension of the Lord, Year B: May 20, 2012
Acts 1:1-11; Ps 47; Eph 4:1-13; Mark 16:15-20

On that first Good Friday, our Lord Jesus suffered, died upon the cross, and was buried. On the third day, that first Easter Sunday, he rose from the dead, his body transformed, the firstfruits of the Resurrection. For the next 40 days, he appeared often to his disciples, teaching them about the Kingdom of God. And then, as we heard in our first reading and our Gospel reading, he ascended into heaven.

Today we celebrate our Lord’s Ascension; and so, we might say, we celebrate his retirement. His work has been accomplished; his earthly life is done; and so it’s time to go back home and sit down and relax. It’s time to retire.

No! Christ’s Ascension was not retirement! (more…)

Easter Vigil: The Light of Christ shines in the darkness

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Easter Vigil, Year B: April 7, 2012
Gen 1:1–2:2; Exod 14:15–15:1; Isa 55:1-11; Rom 6:3-11; Mark 16:1-7

Alleluia! Christ is risen! He is truly risen! Alleluia!

Those who are in RCIA this year have been counting down to this day for a long time. And as we listened to the first Old Testament reading, from the Book of Genesis, didn’t it feel like we were back in September again? For, just as then, we began with the Triune God speaking his word into the darkness“Let there be light”— and there was light. And so began God’s good creation—creating freely, out of love—to share his glorious goodness. (more…)

Let yourself be founded upon the Rock of Peter

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21st Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A: August 21, 2011
Isa 22:19-23; Ps 138; Rom 11:33-36; Matt 16:13-20

Surely many religious founders through the millennia have asked their followers how their message was being received. They might have asked: “How are people responding to the way that I am showing them?” Or, “How are people receiving the revelation that I am communicating to them?” These are reasonable questions that we might expect.

But these are not the questions that Jesus asks in today’s Gospel reading. Rather, he asks: “Who do people say that … I am?” He directs their focus, not to his teaching, not to a way to be lived, not to a body of revelation to be believed—but to himself, his being. (more…)

Dios no tiene nietos: abrazar la totalidad de la fe viva

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XX Domingo Ordinario, Año A: 14 Agosto 2011
Isa 56, 1. 6-7; Sal 66; Rom 11, 13-15. 29-32; Mt 15, 21-28

La Iglesia es católica—que significa “universal.” Y esta verdad es una realización del gran plan de Dios para la redención del todo el mundo: que empezó con un hombre, Abraham, nuestro padre en la fe, y su familia; que expandió a los 12 hijos de Jacob, y a los 12 tribus de una nación, el Pueblo de Israel. Y unos de los profetas, especialmente Isaías, profetizaron la expansión del culto del Dios verdadero a todo el mundo. Escribió de todas las naciones confluyendo al monte de la casa del Señor. (more…)

The world, the flesh, and the freedom of the easy yoke of Christ

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14th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A: July 2-3, 2011
Zech 9:9-10; Ps 145; Rom 8:9, 11-13; Matt 11:25-30

The desires we feel in our bodies are not always good for our bodies. The desires that we feel in our flesh are not always good for our flesh.

We know that this is true from our own experience, if we think of our hunger for food. Our bodies need food to grow and to survive. But the problem is that sometimes we want to eat things that are not good for us. Or maybe we want food that is good for us, but we want too much of it; or too little of it; or we want it at the wrong times.

We know this. There is an entire weight-loss, dieting industry that is built upon the fact that the desires of our flesh will sometimes lead us in ways that are not good, not healthy, for the flesh itself. (more…)

Encuentra tu identidad en Cristo

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V Domingo de Pascua, Año A: 22 Mayo 2011
Hch 6, 1-7; Sal 32; 1 Pe 2, 4-9; Jn 14, 1-12

Ya hemos oído estas palabras, ¿no? “Voy a prepararles un lugar. No pierdan la paz. No los olvidaré a Uds. Volveré y los llevaré conmigo.”

Hemos oído estas palabras. Quizá las has dicho tú mismo. “Me voy muy lejos—a otro país—miles de kilómetros. Pero permaneceré fiel—siempre fiel a ti. No te olvidaré a ti. Siempre pensaré en ti. Enviaré mi amor y mi apoyo. Y después de poco tiempo volveré y entonces estaremos juntos por siempre.”

Con demasiada frecuencia estas palabras no son ciertas. Sabemos que hemos sido olvidado y dejado atrás. Quizá nosotros mismos han dejado, han abandonado, a otros. (more…)

Miembros del Cuerpo de Cristo, como Dios lo formó

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III Domingo Ordinario, Año C: 24 Enero 2010
Neh 8:2-4, 5-6, 8-10; Sal 19:8-10, 15; 1 Cor 12:12-30; Luc 1:1-4; 4:14-21

Hoy, en la segunda lectura, el apóstol San Pablo nos da una imagen muy fuerte: una imagen de los miembros de la Iglesia, como los miembros de un cuerpo físico. Él nos dice que somos organizados y unidos así, uno a otro, en una manera armoniosa y jerárquica, como los miembros de nuestros propios cuerpos. En la lectura de la semana pasada, él nos dijo, en una parte anterior de este capítulo de su primera carta a los corintios, que tenemos muchos dones, diversos dones, en el mismo Espíritu. Pero hoy sigue más adelante, a esta organización.

Y me pregunto si, quizá, Uds., cuando han oído estas palabras—como “Dios ha puesto los miembros… en su lugar“—si quizá han pensado Uds. que ahora mismo están en un lugar extraño, lejos de su patria, o de su cultura, o de su pueblo, o su lengua. (more…)

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