Do you see in yourself what the angels see? Do you hear the Father’s voice?

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The Baptism of the Lord, Year C: January 10, 2016
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Such treasure, such joy!

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17th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A: July 27, 2014
1 Kgs 3:5, 7-12; Ps 119; Rom 8:28-30; Matt 13:44-52 (more…)

Al regresar a las condiciones del siglo primero

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San Pedro y San Pablo: 29 Junio 2014
Misa del Día

Hch 12, 1-11; Sal 33; 2 Tim 4, 6-8.17-18; Mt 16, 13-19 (more…)

As we return to 1st century conditions

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Saints Peter and Paul: June 29, 2014
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Acts 12:1-11; Ps 34; 2 Tim 4:6-8, 17-18; Matt 16:13-19 (more…)

Changed by the Babe in the manger

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The Nativity of the Lord (Christmas): Dec. 25, 2013
Mass at Dawn
Isa 62:11-12; Ps 97; Tit 3:4-7; Luke 2:15-20

Last night, at Midnight Mass, we heard some of the central events of that first Christmas Night.

  • How the Virgin Mary and St. Joseph had to travel from Nazareth to Bethlehem because of a government census; and there was no room for them in the inn; and so Mary gave birth to Jesus and laid him in a manger.
  • And how, not far from there, some shepherds were keeping the night watch over their flock. And then they were surprised by the appearance of an angel, who declared to them the news: (more…)

Su fuego trae el cambio

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XX Domingo Ordinario, Año C: 18 Agosto 2013
Jr 38, 4-6.8-10; Sal 39; Hb 12, 1-4; Lc 12, 49-53

A menudo oí decir en inglés que “a la gente no les gusta el cambio.” Parece que esto aumenta a medida que envejecemos; y que sin duda aumenta cuando arreglamos las cosas de nuestras vidas como las queremos. En extender esto, parece que los americanos tienen un talento para cambiar todas las religiones que encuentran—ya sea el catolicismo o el budismo u otra—en el mensaje de que somos perfectos tal y como somos, y no hay que cambiar nada; ¡son los demás que tienen que cambiar! Sólo déjenos en paz.

Pero este no es el mensaje y la misión de nuestro Señor Jesús. (more…)

His fire brings change

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20th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C: Aug. 18, 2013
Jer 38:4-6, 8-10; Ps 40; Heb 12:1-4; Luke 12:49-53

I often heard it said that “people don’t like change.” It seems that this increases as we get older; and it certainly increases when things are going the way that we want them to, and we have our lives arranged just so. Indeed, it seems that Americans have a talent for changing every religion they meet—whether it be Catholicism or Buddhism or whatever—into the message that we are perfect just the way we are, and we don’t need to change at all; it’s everyone else who needs to change! Just leave us in peace.

But this is not the message and mission of our Lord Jesus. (more…)

Jesus and Newtown

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3rd Sunday of Lent, Year C: March 3, 2013
Exod 3:1-8, 13-15; Ps 103; 1 Cor 10:1-6, 10-12; Luke 13:1-9

It seems that, at any given time, there is some recent tragedy that weighs upon Americans’ minds. Right now, surely it is the school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, last December. Before that, perhaps the movie theater shooting in Aurora, Colorado; the shooting at Virginia Tech; Hurricane Katrina; the 2004 tsunami; September 11; Columbine; and so on, with great historical acts of genocide always looming in background. We feel anger and grief and pain; we ask deep questions, especially of God. And we might even wonder: What if someone had asked Jesus about one of these events? What would he have said? (more…)

Él permanece fiel

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IV Domingo de Cuaresma, Año B: 18 Marzo 2012
2 Cr 36, 14-16.19-23; Sal 136; Ef 2, 4-10; Jn 3, 14-21

Creo que el salmo de hoy debe tocar los corazones de todos que viven fuera de su hogar, de su patria. Este salmo recuerda la nostalgia que habían sentado los israelitas desterrados en Babilonia:

Junto a los ríos de Babilonia nos sentábamos a llorar… Decían los opresores: “Algún cantar de Sión, alegres, cántennos.” Pero, ¿cómo podríamos cantar un himno al Señor en tierra extraña?

Estas palabras pueden expresar el dolor o, a lo menos, el ansia, que sentimos cuando lo echamos a menos nuestro hogar. Y seguro que muchos aquí en esta Misa conocen ese sentimiento.

Pero creo que hay otro también por el cual sentimos nostalgia—aunque quizá no lo reconocemos bien. Ansiamos la solidez. (more…)

God does not ask us to be successful, but to be faithful

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33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C: Nov. 14, 2010
Mal 3:19-20; Ps 98:5-9; 2 Thess 3:7-12; Luke 21:5-19

Looking at the Temple, Jesus said, “The days will come when there will not be left a stone upon another stone.” The Temple building and complex where he was standing were magnificent. King Herod the Great had started a great reconstruction and expansion of the Temple and indeed the Temple Mount itself some 46 years earlier [John 2:20], and at the time Jesus was standing there it wasn’t even complete yet. And so we hear that people around him were admiring the costly stones that they saw. How could it ever fall, in that kind of destruction? And yet Jesus was right. Just about 40 years after he said these words, the Roman forces were responding to the Jewish rebellion in the Holy Land, and they captured Jerusalem, and burned the Temple, and leveled the walls of the Temple and of the city, all the way down to the ground. (more…)