Domingo de la Sagrada Familia: Proteger nuestras familias del peligro

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La Sagrada Familia, Año A: 26 Diciembre 2010
Sir 3, 3-7.14-17; Sal 127; Col 3, 12-21; Mat 2, 13-15.19-23

En las fiestas de Navidad, celebramos la verdad que el Hijo de Dios, nacido del Padre antes de todos los siglos, asumió la naturaleza humana nuestra en la Encarnación y nació en Belén hace 2000 años. Nuestro Señor se hizo como nosotros en todo menos el pecado; inclusive en crecer en una familia humana. Por eso, dentro de la Octava de Navidad, celebramos la fiesta de la Sagrada Familia: la Sagrada Familia de Jesús y Santa María y San José.

Meditemos un rato en este aspecto del gran misterio de la Encarnación; y veamos cómo podemos hacer nuestras familias semejantes a la Sagrada Familia. (more…)

Holy Family Sunday: Protecting our families from danger

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Holy Family Sunday, Year A: Dec. 26, 2010
Sir 3:2-6, 12-14; Ps 128:1-5; Col 3:12-17; Matt 2:13-15, 19-23

At Christmas we celebrate the truth that the Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father, took on our human nature in the Incarnation and was born a baby in Bethlehem some 2000 years ago. Our Lord Jesus became like us in all things but sin. And that includes growing up in a family. And so each year, within this Christmas Octave, usually on Sunday, we celebrate the feast of the Holy Family: celebrating that fact, celebrating that family, with Mary as Jesus’ mother and Joseph as his foster father. And so we take time to meditate upon this aspect of the great mystery of the Incarnation—and also to see how we may model our own families upon the Holy Family. (more…)

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St. Joseph and the fears of Christmas

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4th Sunday of Advent, Year A: December 18-19, 2010
Isa 7:10-14; Ps 24:1-6; Rom 1:1-7; Matt 1:18-24

The virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall name him Emmanuel, which means “God is with us.” But St. Joseph is afraid, very afraid, early in today’s Gospel reading. He was confused. He didn’t know what to do. The news he had received certainly wasn’t “tidings of comfort and joy” for him. Instead, we might say it was an earthquake.

Why was that? Why was he afraid? Three reasons. First, St. Joseph, we might say, was a man who was born with a target on his back. Because he was a “son of David.” He was a direct descendant of David, who had been king over Israel about 1000 years before that. (more…)

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Zacchaeus and freedom from pornography

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31st Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C: October 31, 2010
Wis 11:22–12:2; Ps 145; 2 Thess 1:11–2:2; Luke 19:1-10

I don’t think anyone would have dressed up as Zacchaeus for Halloween as their hero—if they had had Halloween in Jericho in the 1st century! Because Zacchaeus the tax collector was nobody’s hero.

Like the other tax collectors in the Holy Land in that century, he was seen as a traitor to his people because he was collecting taxes for the occupying Roman government; and he was seen as a sinner because of all the contact that he was regularly having with Gentiles. And, like many of the tax collectors of his time, he could use his position to extort payments from people to make himself rich; (more…)