Does God believe in you?

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2nd Sunday of Lent, Year A: March 16, 2014
Gen 12:1-4; Ps 33; 2 Tim 1:8-10; Matt 17:1-9 (more…)

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¿Dios cree en usted?

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II Domingo de Cuaresma, Año A: 16 Marzo 2014
Gen 12, 1-4; Sal 32; 2 Tim 1, 8-10; Mt 17, 1-9 (more…)

Do not pass me by

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16th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C: July 21, 2013
Gen 18:1-10; Ps 15; Col 1:24-28; Luke 10:38-42

The scene in our first reading is memorable. Abraham and his household are camped near Hebron, some 20 miles to the south of present-day Jerusalem in the Holy Land. It was a hot day, and perhaps Abraham was dozing as he sat in the entrance of his tent during the heat of the day. Then, suddenly, he looked up and saw three men. He sprang into action. Offering hospitality was an incredibly important duty in his culture—far more so than in ours—and he hurried to do so—he ran to greet them. And he begged them: Please do not pass your servant by. (more…)

Put on the new self

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The Octave Day of the Nativity of the Lord:
Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God:
January 1, 2013

At the Holy Hour
Eph 4:22-24, 4:30–5:2

We stand upon the brink of a new year. 2012, with all that it meant, is receding into the past: all its joys, all its sorrows, all of our choices and actions that we are proud of, all of those that we wish we could do over; all now behind us. And ahead of us, at our very feet, opens the vista of 2013: untrodden, unknown, open, full of possibilities.

On Christmas Day in 1939, King George VI of England quoted from a poem in his radio message. He read:
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Ven al Pan de la Vida

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XVIII Domingo Ordinario, Año B: 5 Agosto 2012
Ex 16, 2-4.12-15; Sal 77; Ef 4, 17.20-24; Jn 6, 24-35

¿Por qué vienes a Misa esta tarde? Como la muchedumbre en la lectura del Evangelio, cada uno has viajado a este lugar—no por barca, como ellos, sino por coche, o quizá por andar. Y, ¿por qué has venido? ¿Buscas a Jesús, como buscaron ellos? ¿Dónde esperas encontrarlo? Y ¿qué esperas recibir de él?

En la semana pasada, oímos que Jesús alimentó milagrosamente a esta muchedumbre de 5000 hombres, sin contar las mujeres y los niños, con cinco panes y dos pescados, hasta que se saciaron. (more…)

Looking for Jesus

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18th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B: Aug. 5, 2012
Exod 16:2-4, 12-15; Ps 78; Eph 4:17, 20-24; John 6:24-35

What brings you to Mass today? Like the crowd in the Gospel reading, each of you has traveled to this place—not by boat, but mostly by car, perhaps a few on foot. And why have you come? Are you looking for Jesus, as they were? If so, where do you expect to find him? And what do you hope to receive from him?

Last week, we heard about Jesus miraculously feeding this crowd of 5000 men, plus women and children—multiplying five loaves and two fish so that they could all have as much as they wanted. (more…)

Corpus Christi: La sangre de la alianza nueva

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El Cuerpo y la Sangre de Cristo, Año B: 10 Junio 2012
Ex 24, 3-8; Sal 115; Heb 9, 11-15; Mc 14, 12-16.22-26

Introducción
Hoy celebramos la solemnidad del Cuerpo y de la Sangre de Cristo. Su propio día fue el jueves anterior—exactamente 9 semanas después del Jueves Santo, cuando celebramos la institución por Cristo de la Eucaristía—pero en este país actualmente celebramos Corpus Christi hoy, en el domingo. Celebramos el don milagroso que, en la santa Misa, nuestro Señor transforma el pan y el vino en su propio Cuerpo y Sangre: para hacer presente su único sacrificio perfecto; para alimentar a sus fieles por sí mismo; y para hacerse presente con nosotros siempre, mientras que viajemos por esta vida. (more…)

Corpus Christi: The blood of the new covenant

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Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, Year B:
June 10, 2012

Exod 24:3-8; Ps 116; Heb 9:11-15; Mark 14:12-16, 22-26

Introduction
Today we celebrate the feast of Corpus Christi: the feast of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ. Traditionally, it comes this past Thursday—exactly 9 weeks after Holy Thursday, when Christ first instituted the Eucharist. From then on, in that sacrament—in the Mass—our Lord changes bread and wine into his own Body and Blood, to make present his one perfect sacrifice; to nourish the faithful with himself; and to make himself present to us always, as we journey through life.

One traditional practice of Corpus Christi is the Eucharistic procession. As Pope John Paul II urged eight years ago, “our faith” in our Lord who gives himself to us in this way “needs to be everywhere proclaimed, especially in our streets and homes, as an expression of our grateful love and as an inexhaustible source of blessings.” (more…)

Source and Summit

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12th in a series of short homilies on the Mass

The Mass is an amazing thing, like nothing else in the world. So you have come, and stood heart to heart with other faithful, joining all the angels and saints, and leading the entire universe. You have encountered Christ made truly present—the eternal high priest offering the one perfect sacrifice. You have united yourself with him, offering yourself also, and entered the heart of the Trinity.

Now what?

No matter how wonderful it is, the Mass, like this homily series, has to come to an end sometime. (more…)