Hipócritas hambrientos y Halloween

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XXX Domingo Ordinario, Año C: 27 Octubre 2013
Sir 35, 15-17; Sal 33; 2 Tim 4, 6-8.16-18; Lc 18, 9-14

En pocos días, este jueves por la noche, ¡las calles se llenarán de hipócritas! Un montón de pequeños hipócritas—y tal vez algunos más grandes también.

Puede parecer extraño llamarlos hipócritas, cuando esa no es la manera normal en la cual usamos la palabra. Pero no es incorrecta, cuando pensamos en como la palabra viene directamente del griego hypocritēs, que originalmente significó “actor de teatro.” Porque los actores se hicieron pasar por otra persona—usando ropa diferente, a veces hablando a través de una máscara—y de allí también tomó la palabra el sentido que utilizamos hoy en día.

¡Y todos los hipócritas vagando nuestras calles serán extrañamente hambrientos! (more…)

Hungry hypocrites on Halloween

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30th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C: Oct. 27, 2013
Sir 35:12-14, 16-18; Ps 34; 2 Tim 4:6-8, 16-18; Luke 18:9-14

In just a few days, this Thursday evening, the streets will be filled with hypocrites! Lots of little hypocrites—and maybe some bigger ones too.

It might seem strange to call them hypocrites, when that isn’t how we normally use the word! But it isn’t inaccurate, when we think of where the word comes from, directly from the Greek hypocritēs, which originally meant “stage-actor.” For those actors pretended to be someone else—wearing different clothes, sometimes speaking through a mask—and from there the word also took on the meaning that we use today.

And the hypocrites roaming our streets will all be strangely hungry! (more…)

Pentecost: Do we live out the supernatural unity of the Holy Spirit?

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Pentecost Sunday, Year A: June 11-12, 2011
At the Vigil Mass: Gen 11:1-9; Exod 19:3-8, 16-20; Ezek 37:1-14; Joel 3:1-5; Ps 104; Rom 8:22-27; John 7:37-39
Mass during the Day: Acts 2:1-11; Ps 104; 1 Cor 12:3-7, 12-13; John 20:19-23

It was the time of Shavuot, the Festival of Weeks; called in Greek “Pentecost,” which means “50th”—and many of the People of Israel were gathered in Jerusalem. 50 days earlier, they had celebrated the Passover, celebrating when the Lord had delivered them from slavery in Egypt. Now they celebrated when he then gave them the Law at Mount Sinai, for the Law was utterly central to their identity and life. The deliverance and the gift: two events that made them a people and defined their relationship with the Lord.

But that year, it was different. (more…)