La Luz que penetra nuestras tinieblas

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La Navidad del Señor, Misa vespertina de la Vigilia:
24 Diciembre 2011

Is 62, 1-5; Sal 88; Hch 13, 16-17.22-25; Mt 1, 1-25

¡Qué bonita es esta época del año! ¡Qué bonito es el adorno de la iglesia esta tarde!—las luces brillando en los arboles; las flores vertiendo desde el santuario. Y este Belén hermoso, inclusive este pastorcillo, nuevo en este año.

Y así paramos un momento en el resplandor, para disfrutarlo, con todos los regalos y las tarjetas y las canciones y las horas juntos con la familia y los amigos. Una canción en inglés declara que ésta es “la época más maravillosa del año.”

Y entonces recogemos y guardamos todo, fuera de la vista, unos 10 o 11 meses. ¿Por qué? Si todo es tan maravilloso, ¿por qué pasa en solo una parte del año? (more…)

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More than tinsel: The Light of the World penetrates our darkness

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Christmas, Vigil Mass: December 24, 2011
Isa 62:1-5; Ps 89; Acts 13:16-17, 22-25; Matt 1:1-25

How beautiful it all is, this time of year! Everywhere, even here in the church, we see lights twinkling in the trees. And we have these glorious flowers pouring forth from the sanctuary. And this handsome nativity scene, including the new shepherd boy figure this year.

And so we pause in its glow, and take it all in, with the gifts and the cards and the songs and the times together with family and friends. One song tells us: “It’s the most wonderful time of the year.”

And then we put it all away in storage, for 10 or 11 months. Why? If it’s so wonderful, why is it only one part of the year? (more…)

Darkness, blindness, sin, and the light of Christ

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4th Sunday of Lent, Year A: April 3, 2011
1 Sam 16:1, 6-7, 10-13; Ps 23; Eph 5:8-14; John 9:1-41

You were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. What a great sentence! And what a cause for joy, on this Laetare Sunday when we rejoice as we remember the joyful purpose and goal for which we engage in Lenten penance: to attain to the resurrection and reach heavenly glory.

You were once darkness—and what does someone who is darkness look like? What did you look like when you were darkness? Well, first of all, you looked like a newborn baby. That’s what you looked like when you were darkness.

But how can that be? So little and cute and precious? (more…)

Shining a light in the darkness of abortion

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3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A: January 23, 2011
Isa 8:23–9:3; Ps 27; 1 Cor 1:10-13, 17; Matt 4:12-23

“The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light.” The original context of these words from the prophet Isaiah was a mass deportation by the Assyrian Empire in the 8th century B.C. The land of the tribes of Zebulun and Naphtali was near the northern end of the Holy Land, alongside the Sea of Galilee. And when the Assyrian Empire conquered the northern Kingdom of Israel in 722, these lands were the first to have the Jewish people forcibly deported and resettled far away, and foreign peoples brought in to live there. They were the first to suffer in this way. And how fitting that these lands should also be the first to receive the blessing of feeling the footsteps of Jesus; of hearing his message of hope; of witnessing his healing miracles, and receiving his call. (more…)

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Una luz brilla en las tinieblas del aborto

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III Domingo Ordinario, Año A: 23 Enero 2011
Isa 8, 23–9, 3; Sal 26; 1 Cor 1, 10-13.17; Mat 4, 12-23

“El pueblo que caminaba en tinieblas vio una gran luz.” Originalmente, estas palabras del profeta Isaías refirieron a un hecho del imperio Asirio en el siglo VIII antes de Cristo. La gente del los tribus de Zabulón y de Neftalí, que vivían en el parte más al norte de la Tierra Santa, fue deportado de su tierra por el imperio, hasta partes desconocidas; y extranjeros traídos en su lugar. Ellos fueron los primeros del Pueblo que así sufrieron. Y que bien que esta tierra sea la primera en la cual Jesucristo andaba, y predicaba su mensaje de la esperanza, y sanaba milagrosamente. (more…)

Advent: Night is almost over

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1st Sunday of Advent, Year A: Nov. 28, 2010
Isa 2:1-5; Ps 122:1-9; Rom 13:11-14; Matt 24:37-44

In our readings today, we hear again and again about darkness and light. We know that the Season of Advent always comes at a time of year when the world is getting darker, literally. It wasn’t that long ago this morning that it was dark; and we know that this evening, indeed before 5 p.m., the sun will set again. Now, today, when we are at home and we have our electricity to light our homes, doors to lock, and so on, this often doesn’t mean much. But we all know that when we are outside—hiking or camping or simply walking through an unknown area—then darkness makes a great difference in our lives. It means that it gets cold. It means it will be hard to see; hard to know what is out there in front of us or behind us; hard to know what to do about it. (more…)