Jesus asks the impossible—and then enables us to do it

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13th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C: June 26, 2016
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En el yugo de Jesús, libertad y alivio verdadero

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XIV Domingo Ordinario, Año C: 6 Julio 2014
Za 9, 9-10; Sal 144; Rom 8, 9.11-13; Mt 11, 25-30 (more…)

In Jesus’ yoke, true freedom and rest

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14th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A: July 6, 2014
Zech 9:9-10; Ps 145; Rom 8:9, 11-13; Matt 11:25-30 (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…)

Joy in his timing, his priorities

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3rd Sunday of Advent, Year A: Dec. 15, 2013
Isa 35:1-6, 10; Ps 146; James 5:7-10; Matt 11:2-11

We have reached the Third Sunday of Advent, and our excitement is building for the Second Coming of our Lord Jesus! Or at least it is if we are letting the Scripture readings each week sink into our hearts.

  • For back on the First Sunday, we heard our Lord Jesus promise that he would come again, and warn us that when he would come would be unexpected. And so he urged us: Stay awake! Be prepared!
  • And then, last week, we were reminded by the prophet Isaiah and John the Baptist about why we should look forward to this Second Coming with anticipation. (more…)

In darkness, choosing the path to joy

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3rd Sunday of Advent, Year C: Dec. 16, 2012
Zeph 3:14-18; Isa 12; Phil 4:4-7; Luke 3:10-18

We hear St. Paul say in our second reading, “Rejoice in the Lord always. I shall say it again: rejoice!” Rejoice: Gaudete! It is from this verse that this Gaudete Sunday takes its name. But how should we take these words of his? Is this just superficial, like glitter or tinsel or wearing rose-colored vestments? Is St. Paul just an overly cheerful person, a Pollyanna?

No, St. Paul is writing this letter from prison! He is probably imprisoned in Rome and is awaiting trial; he doesn’t know whether he might be executed. (more…)

Gaudete Sunday: Joy in the waiting

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3rd Sunday of Advent, Year A: Dec. 12, 2010
Isa 35:1-6, 10; Ps 146:6-10; James 5:7-10; Matt 11:2-11

Last Sunday we heard the preaching of John the Baptist in the wilderness. He was baptizing and preaching repentance, to prepare for the coming Messiah. And a big part of his message, you remember, was that there was a judgment coming, with both rewards and punishments: the coming wrath, he said, when the Messiah would gather his wheat into his barn, but burn the chaff with unquenchable fire. [Matt 3:7, 12]

Now today we see John again, but now some time has passed, and he is being held in prison by Herod Antipas, the Tetrarch of Galilee. John could face execution at any time. And from his prison cell he has a question for Jesus: “Are you the one who is to come, or should we look for another?” (more…)