Mercy, in touching his wounds

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2nd Sunday of Easter (Sunday of Divine Mercy), Year C:
April 3, 2016

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To whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.

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21st Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B: Aug. 23, 2015
Josh 24:1-2, 15-17, 18; Ps 34; Eph 5:2, 25-32; John 6:51-58

Have you ever thought about one of the teachings of the Catholic Church: “That teaching is hard! It doesn’t seem right. It seems impossible. It seems shocking or offensive!” Maybe you have thought this sometime in the past; maybe you are thinking this right now, as you are here at Mass. I’m sure you have known others who have thought this.

Well, if you have had this reaction, you are in good company— (more…)

Trust in the middle of the storm

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12th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B: June 21, 2015
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Santo Tomás y el toque de Cristo

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II Domingo de Pascua (o de Divina Misericordia), Año A:
27 Abril 2014

Hch 2, 42-47; Sal 117; 1 Pe 1, 3-9; Jn 20, 19-31 (more…)

St. Thomas and the touch of Christ

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2nd Sunday of Easter (or of Divine Mercy), Year A:
April 27, 2014

Acts 2:42-47; Ps 118; 1 Pet 1:3-9; John 20:19-31

A week and a half ago we marked Good Friday, when our Lord Jesus was unjustly condemned and made to die a criminal’s death upon a cross. To make sure he was really dead, one of the soldiers thrust his lance into his side, into his Sacred Heart, and immediately blood and water flowed out. (John 19:34) And his dead body was placed into the tomb.

On the third day, he rose again, triumphant over death, and transformed, the firstfruits of the Resurrection. And he appeared to a number of his disciples, and what a difference it made for them! They rejoiced! (more…)

Ver al Cristo resucitado y ser un testigo

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II Domingo de Pascua, Año C: 7 Abril 2013
Hch 5, 12-16; Sal 117; Ap 1, 9-13.17-19; Jn 20, 19-31

En ese primer domingo de Pascua—al anochecer del día de la resurrecciónlos discípulos estaban encerrados en un cuarto, con las puertas cerradas, por miedo—por un miedo de que las mismas autoridades que habían dado muerte a Jesús quisieran perseguirles a ellos siguiente. Y ocho días después, estaban reunidos otra vez a puerta cerrada otra vez—a pesar de saber que él había resucitado.

Pero cuánto cambio vemos en la primera lectura, en un momento que pasó probablemente unos varios meses después. (more…)

To see the risen Christ and bear witness

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2nd Sunday of Easter, Year C: April 7, 2013
Acts 5:12-16; Ps 118; Rev 1:9-13, 17-19; John 20:19-31

On that first Easter Sunday—on the evening of that first day of the weekthe disciples were shut up in a room, with the doors locked, for fear—for fear that the same authorities who had just put Jesus to death would come after them next. And one week later they were inside again with the doors locked again—even though they knew he was risen.

But how much things had changed by the time of our first reading, which was probably just several months later. (more…)

Faith, doubts, and difficulties in the Year of Faith

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A talk given as part of the Lenten Mission Series for the Year of Faith, at St. Mary’s of Piscataway, in Clinton, Md., on Feb. 19, 2013.

Faith is our response to God’s revelation to us:  a personal receptiveness to his personal reaching out. Father Dan explores how we can address doubts that might undercut our faith in general, or difficulties that we might feel about particular teachings of the faith. “Be not unbelieving, but believe!” (more…)

How can you believe that Christ is risen?

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2nd Sunday of Easter, Year B: April 15, 2012
Acts 4:32-35; Ps 118; 1 John 5:1-6; John 20:19-31

“These are written that you may come to believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that, believing, you may have life in his name.

On Easter Sunday, and throughout the 50 days of the Easter Season, we celebrate the truth that our Lord Jesus Christ rose from the dead. The tomb could not hold him. His love conquered death itself, and he rose triumphant, his body transformed and glorified. And he opens the way to us to share in this Resurrection life: partially now, in our souls, through baptism; fully, on the last day, when he raises us up in a resurrection like his. (more…)

Un amor generoso sin límites

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II Domingo de Cuaresma, Año B: 4 Marzo 2012
Gn 22, 1-2.9-13.15-18; Sal 115; Rom 8, 31-34; Mc 9, 2-10

¡Qué generosidad vemos en Dios! ¡Qué generosidad vemos en su creación del universo!—porque, en la eterna relación de amor en la Santísima Trinidad, sin ningún tipo de necesidad, con libertad creó al mundo, para compartir su bondad.

Y ¡qué generosidad vemos también en nuestra redención! Leemos en el Evangelio según San Juan: “Porque de tal manera amó Dios al mundo, que dio a su Hijo unigénito, para que todo aquel que cree en Él, no se pierda, mas tenga vida eterna.” (Jn 3, 16) Dios Padre nos dio todo, sin retener a nada. (more…)