Living in strange times

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33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B: Nov. 15, 2015
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¿Quién ama el cuerpo? ¿Quién desea la resurrección?

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Homilía en Novena de la Medalla Milagrosa, 8 Abril 2013
1 Cor 15, 12-20

¿Creemos en la inmortalidad del alma, o en la resurrección de la carne?

Podría parecer que edifico una pregunta con trampa en ponerla de esta manera, ya que la respuesta es: “Ambos.” Pero en realidad es una pregunta útil, porque nos recuerda que los dos conceptos no son exactamente iguales. Y es posible creer en uno sin el otro; o incluso hacer hincapié en uno hasta el punto de accidentalmente olvidar el otro.

Nos encontramos esta tarde en el tiempo de Pascua—estos 50 días del año en que celebramos la verdad sorprendente de la resurrección de nuestro Señor Jesucristo en la carne. (more…)

Who loves the body? Who wants the resurrection?

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Homily at Miraculous Medal Novena, April 8, 2013
1 Cor 15:12-20

Do we believe in the immortality of the soul, or the resurrection of the body?

It might seem that I am creating a trick question in putting it that way, since the answer is actually: “Both.” But it is actually a helpful question, because it reminds us that the two concepts are not exactly the same. And it is possible to believe in one without the other; or even to emphasize one to such a degree that we accidentally forget the other.

We stand this evening within the Easter Season—these 50 days every year when we celebrate the amazing truth of our Lord Jesus Christ’s resurrection in the flesh. (more…)

La noticia buena e inquietante de la Resurrección

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Domingo de Pascua de la Resurrección del Señor:
31 Marzo 2013

Hch 10, 34.37-43; Sal 117; Col 3, 1-4; Lc 24, 13-35

Imagine por un momento qué habría pasado si la resurrección no hubiera ocurrido. En ese caso, cuando llegaron las mujeres al sepulcro muy de mañana, llevando sus perfumes, habrían encontrado la piedra todavía sentada firmemente en frente del sepulcro; y habrían tenido que encontrar a algunas personas para ayudarles a retirarla; y entonces habrían ungido el cuerpo muerto de Jesús. Habría sido una escena triste y depresiva: las mujeres, lamentando este profeta de Galilea, que había ido pasando haciendo el bien, sanando a muchos—ahora sólo otra víctima, traicionado por sus compatriotas y aplastado por el imperio. (more…)

The uncomfortable good news of the Resurrection

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Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of the Lord:
March 31, 2013

Acts 10:34, 37-43; Ps 118; Col 3:1-4; Luke 24:1-12

Imagine for a moment that the resurrection didn’t happen. In that case, when the women went to the tomb at daybreak carrying their spices, they would have found the stone firmly in front of the entrance; they would have had to find some people to help them to roll it away; and they would have anointed the dead body of Jesus. It would have been a sad, depressing scene: the women, sorrowing over this prophet from Galilee, who had gone about doing good and healing many—now just one more victim, betrayed by his countrymen and crushed by the empire. (more…)

Witnesses to joy

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33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B: Nov. 18, 2012
Dan 12:1-3; Ps 16; Heb 10:11-14, 18; Mark 13:24-32

For the Secular Discalced Carmelites (OCDS) at their semiannual Profession Mass.

As we approach the end of this liturgical year, our Gospel reading today comes from the 13th chapter of the Gospel according to Mark—a chapter sometimes known as the “Little Apocalypse,” for in it our Lord Jesus prepares his disciples for what would be coming. Some of it would be coming just 40 years later, when Jerusalem would be conquered and the Temple destroyed by the Roman Empire, while some of the generation of his time were still living. Some would come beyond that, in the future; indeed, even now it has yet to come. (more…)

Christ the King: If these are the rules of life, then play the game to win!

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Our Lord Jesus Christ the King, Year A: Nov. 20, 2011
Ezek 34:11-12, 15-17; Ps 23; 1 Cor 15:20-26, 28; Matt 25:31-46

Think for a moment of some examples of competitive games that are based upon life itself.

  • You might think of the board game The Game of Life, in which you drive your little plastic car around the board, spinning the wheel and making choices about education, career, family, and retirement.
  • Or you might think of computer strategy games like Civilization or Age of Empires, in which, on a much larger scale, you guide the development of an entire society, making choices about farming, industry, the military, and cultural development.
  • Or you might think of any of the plethora of reality television shows (more…)