Step out in joy and freedom

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23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B: Sept. 6, 2015
Isa 35:4-7; Ps 146; James 2:1-5; Mark 7:31-37

In about two weeks, our Holy Father Pope Francis is going to arrive here in the U.S.—indeed, here in the Washington, D.C., area—to visit us. We know that he has gained a great deal of attention by many people since he was elected as Pope, and that many people find him a fascinating and attractive person. One of the aspects for which Pope Francis is famous is his concern for the poor, and his readiness to reach out and embrace people who are poor or who live with difficult physical or life circumstances.

And surely we can imagine Pope Francis giving us the same admonition that we heard from St. James in our second reading today. (more…)

¡Comparte el gozo!

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XXIII Domingo Ordinario, Año B: 9 Septiembre 2012
Is 35, 4-7; Sal 145; St 2, 1-5; Mc 7, 31-37

¿Notaron el gozo que brota de nuestras lecturas de hoy? En la primera lectura, el Señor dice: “Digan a los de corazón apocado: ‘¡Ánimo! No teman. He aquí que su Dios… viene ya para salvarlos.” Y oímos de la sanación y la renovación de los problemas físicos profundos, como la ceguera y la sordera—y ¡el cojo no sólo anda, sino salta! ¡El mudo no sólo habla, sino canta! Brotan aguas; y la tierra seca se convierte en manantial.

El salmo también habla de los prodigios que Dios hace por los ciegos, los hambrientos; por la viuda y el huérfano; por el cautivo y el oprimido y el forastero. Y grita el salmista: “El Señor siempre es fiel a su palabra… (more…)

Share the joy!

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23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B: Sept. 9, 2012
Isa 35:4-7; Ps 146; James 2:1-5; Mark 7:31-37

Did you notice the joy that bursts out of our readings today? In the first reading, the Lord says: “Say to those whose hearts are frightened: Be strong, fear not! Here is your God… he comes to save you.” And as we hear about the healing and renewing of these deep physical disorders, like blindness and deafness—the lame don’t just walk, they leap! And the mute don’t just speak, they sing! Streams burst forth; and burning, thirsty ground becomes springs of water.

The psalm too speaks of the great things that God does for the blind, the hungry; for widows and the fatherless; for captives and the oppressed and strangers. And the psalmist cries: “The God of Jacob keeps faith forever… (more…)