No los dejaré huérfanos

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VI Domingo de Pascua, Año A: 25 Mayo 2014
Hch 8, 5-8.14-17; Sal 65; 1 Pe 3, 15-18; Jn 14, 15-21 (more…)

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I will not leave you orphans

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6th Sunday of Easter, Year A: May 25, 2014
Acts 8:5-8, 14-17; Ps 66; 1 Pet 3:15-18; John 14:15-21

There’s something interesting that we should notice in our first reading, from the Book of Acts, especially during this season when so many of our students are receiving confirmation. And that is a clear, very early, example of the sacrament of confirmation—though it is not named as such.

In Acts chapter 8, it is only about 3-5 years after the Day of Pentecost: very early in the Church’s history. And Philip—not the apostle Philip, but one of the seven deacons (more…)

Vengan al agua

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Domingo de Pascua: 20 Abril 2014
Vigilia Pascual

Gen 1, 1—2, 2; Sal 103; Ex 14, 15—15, 1; Exod 15; Is 55, 1-11; Is 12; Ez 36, 16-28; Sal 41.42; Rom 6, 3-11; Mt 28, 1-10 (more…)

Groaning, hoping, and the down payment of the Spirit

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Pentecost Sunday: May 18, 2013
At the Vigil Mass: Gen 11:1-9; Ps 104; Rom 8:22-27; John 7:37-39

The world is groaning. We heard St. Paul write in our first reading: all creation is groaning—is groaning in labor pains even until now; and not only that, but we ourselves… we also groan. Why this groaning? You know. In the verses immediately before this passage, he speaks of the sufferings of this present time; of futility; of slavery to corruption. And we all know what that means. It means political corruption and terrorism; it means sickness and death; it means drudgery and depression; it means conflict and heartache. And so we groan.

And like children on a trip, we say: “Are we there yet?” Because we have hope. (more…)

Girar de cisternas agrietadas a la Fuente de aguas vivas

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V Domingo de Cuaresma, Año C: 17 Marzo 2013
Is 43, 16-21; Sal 125; Flp 3, 8-14; Jn 8, 1-11

El encuentro con nuestro Señor Jesús es una experiencia inolvidable. Conocerlo por primera vez, o encontrarlo otra vez en una forma nueva, es algo que nunca olvidaremos. Seguramente la mujer acusada, cuya historia se cuenta en la lectura del Evangelio de hoy, nunca olvidó a este hombre que literalmente le salvó la vida y probablemente cambió su curso de vida a partir de aquel momento.

Claro que no es el caso que todos nosotros conocimos a Jesús de una manera tan dramática. De hecho, para muchos de nosotros, la primera vez que lo conocimos es un momento que no podemos recordar, porque éramos niños cuando lo conocimos en el bautismo: (more…)

Turning from broken cisterns to the Source of living waters

This is a translation of the Spanish homily that I preached on this Sunday.
5th Sunday of Lent, Year C: March 17, 2013
Isa 43:16-21; Ps 126; Phil 3:8-14; John 8:1-11

Encountering our Lord Jesus is an unforgettable experience. To meet him for the first time, or to meet him in a new way, is something we never forget. Surely the accused woman whose story is told in our Gospel reading today never forgot this man who literally saved her life and probably changed its course from then on.

Not all of us meet Jesus in such a dramatic fashion. Indeed, for many of us, the first time we met him is a time we cannot remember, because we were infants when we met him in baptism: (more…)

Spiritual zombies and the Divine Physician

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26th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B: Sept. 30, 2012
Num 11:25-29; Ps 19; James 5:1-6; Mark 9:38-48

The writer Ross Douthat, in his recent book on religion in America (Bad Religion: How We Became a Nation of Heretics, pp. 152-53), has observed that

Christianity is a paradoxical religion because the Jew of Nazareth is a paradoxical character. No figure in history or fiction contains as many multitudes as the New Testament’s Jesus.

And then he proceeds to list many pairs of paradoxical traits and actions that we see in our Lord Jesus. For example, he writes:

He can be egalitarian and hierarchical, gentle and impatient, extraordinarily charitable and extraordinarily judgmental. He sets impossible standards and then forgives the worst of sinners. (more…)

Zombis espirituales y el médico divino

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XXVI Domingo Ordinario, Año B: 30 Septiembre 2012
Nm 11, 25-29; Sal 18; St 5, 1-6; Mc 9, 38-48

Nuestro Señor Jesucristo siempre nos sorprende. Dice algo, y entonces dice otro, que no habíamos esperado. Hace algo, y entonces hace otro con contraste. Un escritor norteamericano lo ha llamado un “carácter paradójico” y provee ejemplos de pares de calidades y acciones paradójicas que vemos en nuestro Señor. Escribe:

Puede ser igualitaria y jerárquica, suave e impaciente, extraordinariamente caritativo y extraordinariamente crítico. Establece normas imposibles y entonces perdona a los peores de pecadores. (Ross Douthat, Bad Religion: How We Became a Nation of Heretics, pp. 152-53; traducción mía)

Y observa que el cristianismo ortodoxo siempre ha sido fiel en abrazar y proclamar la totalidad de Jesús; (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…)

Christ’s baptism and your mission (should you choose to accept it)

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Baptism of the Lord, Year A: January 9, 2011
Isa 42:1-4, 6-7; Ps 29:1-4, 9-10; Acts 10:34-38; Matt 3:13-17

It happens often in the movies—especially fantasy or adventure movies; sometimes action or thrillers. You start out with the main character, who seems pretty average, leading a pretty normal, quiet life. And then this person meets someone or receives a message:

“You aren’t ordinary; you’re special. And we have a mission for you: something big and hard and important. (more…)