The eternal king and priest satisfies our deepest hungers

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Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi), Year C: May 29, 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…)

How can this man give us his flesh to eat?

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20th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B: August 16, 2015
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The sign says: Jesus miraculously meets your needs

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17th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B: July 26, 2015
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Always with us, as food for the journey

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Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi),
Year A: June 22, 2014

Deut 8:2-3, 14-16; Ps 147; 1 Cor 10:16-17; John 6:51-58

9 weeks ago, we were celebrating the Paschal Triduum of Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter Sunday.

  • We recalled the original Passover and Exodus from Egypt, some 1400 years earlier, when the Lord rescued the People of Israel from slavery in Egypt. This was accomplished partly through the sacrifice of the Passover Lamb, and also through the parting of the Red Sea, so that they could pass through on dry land. And so they were rescued from Egypt and set on their way to the Promised Land.
  • And so we celebrated the fulfillment of this foreshadowing in our Lord Jesus Christ, who is the true Passover Lamb. For by giving himself in sacrifice, he set us free not merely from earthly slavery, but from Satan and sin and death. And he passed through, not merely an earthly sea, but death itself, to open the transformed life of the Resurrection. Thus we have been saved and set on our way to the New Heavens and the New Earth.

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Siempre con nosotros, como comida para el viaje

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El Cuerpo y la Sangre de Cristo, Año A: 22 Junio 2014
Dt 8, 2-3.14-16; Sal 147; 1 Cor 10, 16-17; Jn 6, 51-58 (more…)

Después de la resurrección, descubrimos que las cosas no son lo que parecían

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III Domingo de Pascua, Año A: 4 Mayo 2014
Hch 2, 14.22-33; Sal 15; 1 Pe 1, 17-21; Lc 24, 13-35 (more…)

Satisfacer nuestra hambre en forma de Dios

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El Cuerpo y la Sangre de Cristo, Año C: 2 Junio 2013
Gn 14, 18-20; Sal 109; 1 Cor 11, 23-26; Lc 9, 11-17

Cuando yo era niño, y llegué a la edad de 10 años y medio, tuve la oportunidad de entrar en los Boy Scouts. Y, como todos los Scouts, aprendí lo que llamamos la Ley Scout: una declaración con 12 puntos, 12 características personales que deben caracterizar a un Boy Scout. Pero en esa primera tropa, también aprendimos un punto 13. Y así recitábamos: “Un Scout es: honrado, leal, servicial, amigable, cortés, bondadoso, obediente, alegre, económico, valiente, limpio, reverente… ¡y hambriento!”

¡Y, por supuesto, era la verdad! ¡Sí que los Boy Scouts tienen hambre! Y también otros jóvenes— (more…)

Satisfying our God-shaped hunger

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Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi), Year C: June 2, 2013
Gen 14:18-20; Ps 110; 1 Cor 11:23-36; Luke 9:11-17

When I was a boy, and I reached the age of 10½, I was able to join the Boy Scouts. And, like all Scouts, I learned what we called the Scout Law: a statement with 12 points, 12 personal characteristics that are to characterize a Boy Scout. But in that first troop, we also learned a 13th point. And so we would recite: “A Scout is: trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, reverent… and hungry!”

And, of course, it was true! Boy Scouts are hungry! And so are other youth— (more…)

What do you do with the mystery of the Trinity?

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Most Holy Trinity, Year C: May 26, 2013
Prov 8:22-31; Ps 8; Rom 5:1-5; John 16:12-15

Today we celebrate the mystery of the Most Holy Trinity. But what is a mystery? In books of fiction, a mystery is often a puzzle related to a crime that a detective is supposed to solve. But when we speak about the faith, it means something different. From what I have heard, it is something that you say when you want a child to stop asking questions! “No, I don’t know who or why or how! It’s a mystery. Beat it, kid!”

But, of course, that’s not really what a mystery of the faith is. A mystery is something that is initially out of reach of our human reason— (more…)