In spite of suffering, I have not turned back

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24th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B: Sept. 13, 2015
Isa 50:5-9; Ps 116; James 2:14-18; Mark 8:27-35

Our Lord Jesus, in today’s Gospel reading, poses a question to his disciples that is very important: “Who do you say that I am?” “I, Jesus of Nazareth, who you have been following—who am I?” And when we find the true answer to that question, we find that, in a way, it is the central question we have to answer, because so much else follows from who he is. (more…)

¿Qué tipo de Rey es nuestro Señor Jesús?

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Nuestro Señor Jesucristo, Rey del Universo, Año C:
24 Noviembre 2013

2 Sm 5, 1-3; Sal 121; Col 1, 12-20; Lc 23, 35-43 (more…)

This is the King we’ve been looking for!

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Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe, Year C:
Nov. 24, 2013

2 Sam 5:1-3; Ps 122; Col 1:12-20; Luke 23:35-43

In about the year 380 B.C., the Greek philosopher Plato wrote the work we know as “The Republic.” And in its opening, he explores a timeless question: we all want good human leaders who can teach us, govern us, guide us, in ways that will help us to grow and prosper, individually and collectively. But where will we find such leaders?

  • For, as we well know, Plato recognizes that so many rulers throughout history have seen their position as an opportunity to exploit the nation and its people for their own gain. That certainly isn’t the kind of ruler that we want!
  • But then, it can be hard to find someone with the right kind of knowledge and ability, who would be able to lead well. (more…)

Un Mesías inesperado muestra un camino inesperado a la vida

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XII Domingo Ordinario, Año C: 23 Junio 2013
Za 12, 10-11; 13, 1; Sal 62; Gal 3, 26-29; Lc 9, 18-24

Inmediatamente antes de la lectura del Evangelio de hoy leemos la historia de la alimentación de los 5000 que oímos hace tres semanas en la fiesta del Corpus Christi—cuando nuestro Señor Jesús estaba rodeado por una multitud grande y hambrienta de 5000 hombres, además de mujeres y niños, en un lugar remoto, y alimentó milagrosamente a todos ellos a partir de tan sólo cinco panes y dos peces.

Y después de esto, guio a sus discípulos aparte solos para orar. Porque tiene una pregunta muy importante para preguntar a ellos, y quiere que sean capaces de escuchar, no el ruido del mundo, sino la voz tranquila de su Padre, y del Espíritu Santo. (more…)

Who knew? The Messiah and his way to life

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12th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C: June 23, 2013
Zech 12:10-11, 13:1; Ps 63; Gal 3:26-29; Luke 9:18-24

Right before today’s Gospel reading comes the account of the feeding of the 5000 that we heard three weeks ago on the feast of Corpus Christi—when our Lord Jesus was surrounded by a great, hungry crowd of 5000 men, plus women and children, in a remote location, and he miraculously fed all of them starting with just five loaves of bread and two fish.

And after this, he took his disciples apart by themselves to pray. Because he has a very important question to ask them; and he wants them to be able to hear, not the din of the world, but the quiet voice of his Father and of the Holy Spirit. (more…)

Vivir por fe como ciudadanos del cielo

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II Domingo de Cuaresma, Año C: 24 Febrero 2013
Gn 15, 5-12.17-18; Sal 26; Flp 3, 17—4, 1; Lc 9, 28-36

En nuestra segunda lectura hoy, oímos que San Pablo nos presenta dos imágenes contrastantes, de cómo vivir en este mundo. Como creaturas corporales, con necesidades y sentimientos físicos, para nosotros es fácil caer en la trampa de ver sólo lo físico—y formar nuestras vidas sólo para seguir propósitos físicos. Y estamos rodeados por los que viven así. Es fácil caer en vivir como si nuestro dios fuera nuestro vientre, y pensar sólo en cosas de la tierra. Si vivimos así, nos hacemos en efecto, como el apóstol dice, enemigos de la cruz de Cristo.

Es fácil caer en esto; pero nuestro Señor Jesús quiere que vivamos de otra manera, con otro propósito. (more…)

To see with the eyes of faith

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2nd Sunday of Lent, Year C: Feb. 24, 2013
Gen 15:5-12, 17-18; Ps 27; Phil 3:17–4:1; Luke 9:28-36

In our Gospel reading today, we hear the account of the event we call the Transfiguration of the Lord—as we do each year on this Second Sunday of Lent. Why does the Church present this event to us each year at this time? And to answer that, we will do well to ask first: Why did the event happen at all? Why was Jesus transfigured in appearance before the eyes of three of his disciples?

Immediately before this reading in the Gospel according to Luke, in the middle of chapter 9, our Lord Jesus asked his disciples about whether they know who he is. And St. Peter confessed that he is the Messiah of God. And immediately Jesus began to explain to them that he would have to “suffer greatly and be rejected… and be killed and on the third day be raised.” (more…)

Walking with Jesus in consistency and hope

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25th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B: Sept. 23, 2012
Wis 2:12, 17-20; Ps 54; James 3:16–4:3; Mark 9:30-37

This is embarrassing! These disciples of Jesus: they follow him, travel with him, see everything he does, hear everything he says. They do so because they have been so impressed by him and want to learn from his teaching and follow his way. And yet, look at them in this reading! They don’t understand what he tells them about his coming death and resurrection, and yet they are afraid to ask him to explain it. And on their journey they are arguing about which of them is the greatest—which is so very foreign to everything that Jesus is about.

How is this possible? How can the disciples believe in him and love him and follow him and listen to him—and yet seemingly be walking a completely different path from him? (more…)

Jesus has a couple questions for you

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24th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B: Sept. 16, 2012
Isa 50:5-9; Ps 116; James 2:14-18; Mark 8:27-35

Caesarea Philippi is a long way from here—located in what is now called the Golan Heights, to the northeast of the Sea of Galilee, where the states of Israel, Lebanon, and Syria come together. And it was a long time ago that our Lord Jesus led his disciples there, out of the territory of their own Jewish People, into pagan, Gentile territory. And there he, the teacher, asked his disciples a question: “Who do people say that I am?”

It was long ago and far away, but surely that question was just as strange then as it is now. For they, like we, were concerned with violence in their world; they faced economic problems; they were struggling with who should govern their land; on top of their own personal problems. (more…)

¿Qué significa seguir al Mesías?

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XXIV Domingo Ordinario, Año B: 16 Septiembre 2012
Is 50, 5-9; Sal 114; St 2, 14-18; Mc 8, 27-35

Cesarea de Filipo está muy lejos de aquí—en el área ahora conocida como los Altos del Golán, cerca de la frontera de los estados actuales de Israel, Siria, y Líbano. Y fue hace muchos siglos que nuestro Señor Jesús guió a sus discípulos allá, fuera del territorio de su propio Pueblo Judío, hasta territorio gentil y pagano. Y allá el maestro les puso una pregunta a sus discípulos: “¿Quién dice la gente que soy yo?”

Aunque fue hace muchos siglos y muy lejos, seguramente su pregunta pareció tan extraña como ahora. Porque a ellos, como a nosotros, les preocupaban la violencia en su mundo, y los problemas económicas, y la cuestión de quién debería gobernar a su país; y, por supuesto, sus problemas personales. (more…)