Let your religion be more of a love affair!

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11th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C: June 12, 2016
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Changed by the Babe in the manger

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The Nativity of the Lord (Christmas): Dec. 25, 2013
Mass at Dawn
Isa 62:11-12; Ps 97; Tit 3:4-7; Luke 2:15-20

Last night, at Midnight Mass, we heard some of the central events of that first Christmas Night.

  • How the Virgin Mary and St. Joseph had to travel from Nazareth to Bethlehem because of a government census; and there was no room for them in the inn; and so Mary gave birth to Jesus and laid him in a manger.
  • And how, not far from there, some shepherds were keeping the night watch over their flock. And then they were surprised by the appearance of an angel, who declared to them the news: (more…)

El amor total del Señor: qué significa, qué logra

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XXXI Domingo Ordinario, Año B: 4 Noviembre 2012
Dt 6, 2-6; Sal 17; Heb 7, 23-28; Mc 12, 28-34

A veces, los varios elementos en nuestras vidas se resumen en una decisión muy básica: ¿De qué tratan nuestras vidas? ¿Qué queremos? ¿Qué elegimos?

Cuando yo era un adulto joven, pasé unos años dudando de la fe cristiana en la cual había sido criado, y poniendo preguntas de ella. En mi exploración, leí de unas semejanzas de las prácticas espirituales cristianas y las prácticas espirituales budistas. Pero pude ver que, más allá de las semejanzas, hay una diferencia en los propósitos que ambos persiguen. El budismo busca el nirvana, un estado de la ausencia de dolor, por una ausencia de deseo: un tipo de vaciedad. A diferencia, el cristianismo busca el punto de estar llenado—por el amor. Y, ¿qué buscaría yo: una vaciedad de deseo, o la llenura de amor? (more…)

Empty? Lukewarm? Or full of love?

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31st Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B: Nov. 4, 2012
Deut 6:2-6; Ps 18; Heb 7:23-28; Mark 12:28-34

When I was in my early 20s, for a number of years I was questioning the Christian faith in which I had been raised. And as I explored, I read that there were many similarities between Christian spiritual practices and Buddhist spiritual practices. And yet, for all the similarities, there was quite a difference when it came to the goals toward which they were striving. Buddhism sought to reach nirvana, a state that is the absence of suffering, through the absence of desire: a sort of emptiness. Christianity, in contrast, sought to reach the point of being filled—with love. What would I seek: an emptiness from desire, or a fullness of love? (more…)

Ama a Dios y a tu prójimo con un amor verdadero

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XXX Domingo Ordinario, Año A: 23 Octubre 2011
Ex 22, 20-26; Sal 17; 1 Tes 1, 5-10; Mt 22,34-40

Los dos mandamientos más grandes, el primero y el segundo, van juntos. Amar al Señor, nuestro Dios, y amar a nuestro prójimo: van juntos.

San Juan nos escribió en su primera carta (4, 20-21):

Si alguno dice: “Amo a Dios” y aborrece a su hermano, a quien ve, no puede amar a Dios, a quien no ve. Además, Jesús nos ha dado este mandamiento: El que ama a Dios, que ame también a su hermano.

Porque ¿cómo podría alguien amar a Dios, mientras que aborrece al que Dios ama? (more…)

Love God with all your heart

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30th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A: Oct. 23, 2011
Exod 22:20-26; Ps 18; 1 Thess 1:5-10; Matt 22:34-40

“Which commandment in the law is the greatest?” they ask Jesus. By a few centuries later, the rabbis would state in the Talmud that there were 613 commandments—both the negative prohibitions of what not to do and the positive commands of what to do. Which of these is the greatest? And Jesus’ answer is not just the top commandment out of 613, but that upon which the whole law and the prophets depend: the root, the organizing, pervading principle of them all.

And it is love.

It is love: not just a series of tasks to be fulfilled and sins to be avoided. It is love: not the Nirvana sought by Buddhism, (more…)