Lavado en el diluvio de la alianza eterna

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I Domingo de Cuaresma, Año B: 22 Febrero 2015 (more…)

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Washed in the flood of the eternal covenant

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1st Sunday of Lent, Year B: Feb. 22, 2015
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What does it mean to be the Son of God?

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1st Sunday of Lent, Year C: Feb. 17, 2013
Deut 26:4-10; Ps 91:1-2, 10-15; Rom 10:8-13; Luke 4:1-13

Several years ago, while I was in seminary, I had a chance to watch Joel Osteen on television for the first time. I had heard of him, this Evangelical Protestant preacher with a growing following; but I hadn’t seen him. What would he be like? What would he say? Standing near a great, turning frame of a globe, he told his listeners that they were children of God; children of the King; royalty! And I thought: Great; good message! Because this is indeed what Christ has made us in baptism, adopting us into his Sonship, making us adopted sons and daughters of God. It’s an important message, and one that we need to be reminded of again and again.

And then he proceeded on to apply that message. Being a son or daughter of the King means—that you are a winner! What?, I thought. (more…)

¿Qué significa ser el Hijo de Dios?

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I Domingo de Cuaresma, Año C: 17 Febrero 2013
Dt 26, 4-10; Sal 90; Rom 10, 8-13; Lc 4, 1-13

Hace varios años, mientras que yo estaba en el seminario, tuve la oportunidad de ver a Joel Osteen en la televisión por primera vez. Yo había oído de él, de este predicador protestante evangélico mirado por un número creciente de personas, pero yo no lo había visto. ¿Cómo sería? ¿Qué diría? Vi al hombre, de pie cerca de la forma de un gran globo: le dijo a sus oyentes que eran hijos de Dios; hijos del Rey; ¡personas reales! Y yo pensé: ¡Muy bien; buen mensaje! Porque esto es de verdad lo que Cristo nos ha hecho en el bautismo, adoptándonos en su filiación, haciéndonos hijos e hijas adoptivos de Dios. Es un mensaje importante, y es uno que necesitamos recordar una y otra vez.

Y luego continuó a aplicar ese mensaje. Ser un hijo o una hija del Rey significa—¡que usted es un ganador! ¿Qué?, pensé. (more…)

Lenten Day of Recollection

The season of Lent lasts 40 days in imitation of Christ’s 40 days in the desert. In these talks from a Day of Recollection, Father Dan explores what it means to go into the desert, and how Christ’s testing there sheds light on our own lives.

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1: Into the Desert (16:06)
2: Tested in Material Things (22:01)
3: Tested in Human Relationships (23:46)
4: Tested in our Relationship with God (24:09)

This Lent, which tree in the garden are you eating from?

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1st Sunday of Lent, Year A: March 13, 2011
Gen 2:7-9, 3:1-7; Ps 51; Rom 5:12-19; Matt 4:1-11

Jesus was led by the Spirit into the desert and he fasted for forty days and forty nights. This past Wednesday we were led by the Spirit to begin our own period of 40 days: called Quadragesima in Latin, meaning 40 or 40th; or Lent in English.

And we began it with the imposition of ashes. We all got to remember again just how light ashes are; how easy to blow them into the air or spill them. How dirty they are and easy to smudge. And we also got to hear again those words: “Remember, man, you are dust and to dust you will return.”

In our first reading, we heard, “The Lord God formed man out of the clay of the ground.” Many translations render this as “dust”: The Lord formed man out of the dust of the ground and blew into his nostrils the breath of life. What a thrilling sentence that is! (more…)

Facing temptation like Jesus, the triumphant second Adam

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1st Sunday of Lent, Year C: Feb. 20-21, 2010
Deut 26:4-10; Ps 91:1-2, 10-15; Rom 10:8-13; Luke 4:1-13

How many times have we seen a hero fall? How many times have we seen someone in the public eye—someone who had seemed strong, noble, generous, principled—and then one day we find out that they have been corrupted; that they have been making secret backroom deals; that they embezzled, lied, cheated, stole; that they are addicted to drugs or alcohol; that they have betrayed their spouse or their children.

Perhaps only the young haven’t yet discovered, as one songwriter put it [Steve Taylor, “Hero”], “that illusions are bought / And the idol you thought you’d be was just another zero.” That in the quiet, hidden choices, that make all the difference, those seeming heroes fell; they crumbled, and down they went. (more…)

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