Easter Vigil: The Light of Christ shines in the darkness

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Easter Vigil, Year B: April 7, 2012
Gen 1:1–2:2; Exod 14:15–15:1; Isa 55:1-11; Rom 6:3-11; Mark 16:1-7

Alleluia! Christ is risen! He is truly risen! Alleluia!

Those who are in RCIA this year have been counting down to this day for a long time. And as we listened to the first Old Testament reading, from the Book of Genesis, didn’t it feel like we were back in September again? For, just as then, we began with the Triune God speaking his word into the darkness“Let there be light”— and there was light. And so began God’s good creation—creating freely, out of love—to share his glorious goodness. (more…)

No dejes que nadie impida que vengas a Cristo

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VII Domingo Ordinario, Año B: 19 Febrero 2012
Isa 43, 18-19.21-22.24-25; Sal 40; 2 Cor 1, 18-22; Mc 2, 1-12

Esta historia del Evangelio es una que podemos recordar e imaginar fácilmente. Nuestro Señor está en casa, rodeado por mucha gente; el techo se abre; un hombre paralítico se baja en una camilla; Jesús lo perdona; él y los escribas discuten; y entonces sana la parálisis del hombre, y él se levanta y sale andando. ¡Maravilloso!

Pero lo que noto hoy es un detalle del principio de la cuenta. “Se juntaron muchos, de manera que ya no había sitio frente a la puerta.” Por eso, los cuatro llevando al paralítico no podían acercarse a Jesús por la cantidad de gente. (more…)

Don’t let anyone keep you from Christ

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7th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B: Feb. 19, 2012
Isa 43:18-19, 21-22, 24-25; Ps 41; 1 Cor 1:18-22; Mark 2:1-12

This is one of the vivid stories in the Gospels. Jesus is at home, surrounded by a crowd; the roof opens up; a paralyzed man is lowered down on a mat; Jesus forgives his sins; he has a moment of dispute with the scribes present; and then he heals the man’s paralysis, and he gets up and walks away. Amazing!

But what catches my attention is right as the story is opening. “Many gathered together so that there was no longer room for them, not even around the door.” It’s sort of like one of those sayings attributed to Yogi Berra: “Nobody goes there anymore. It’s too crowded.” And so the four men were unable to get near Jesus because of the crowd. (more…)

Una vida no vacía sino llena y guiada por el amor

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XXIII Domingo Ordinario, Año A: 4 Septiembre 2011
Ez 33, 7-9; Sal 94; Rom 13, 8-10; Mt 18, 15-20

A veces, oímos este refrán en nuestra sociedad, ¿no? “Con tal de que no hagas daño a nadie, haz lo que quieras.” Es la disposición de un movimiento neo-pagano pero también de muchos otros en esta sociedad. Marca unas líneas de prohibición, contra el daño, pero deja un espacio muy grande y vacío de actuar, en un tipo de la libertad muy desconectada. Sabemos que es una disposición muy común.

Y sabemos que no es la disposición de nuestro Señor Jesús, ni de la Iglesia que él fundó. (more…)

If your brother sins against you

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23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A: Sept. 4, 2011
Ezek 33:7-9; Ps 95; Rom 13:8-10; Matt 18:15-20

Jesus said to his disciples, “If your brother sins against you, who are you to judge? It’s all relative. It obviously works for him. Be a tolerant person, and don’t say anything.”

No, wait, that’s not what he said! Hmm. Oh, here we go:

Jesus said to his disciples, “If your brother sins against you, don’t say anything to him, because that would be way too awkward. Instead, tell everyone else about his sin, so that they can agree with you about what a jerk he is and what an innocent victim you are!”

No, that can’t be right! (more…)

The world, the flesh, and the freedom of the easy yoke of Christ

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14th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A: July 2-3, 2011
Zech 9:9-10; Ps 145; Rom 8:9, 11-13; Matt 11:25-30

The desires we feel in our bodies are not always good for our bodies. The desires that we feel in our flesh are not always good for our flesh.

We know that this is true from our own experience, if we think of our hunger for food. Our bodies need food to grow and to survive. But the problem is that sometimes we want to eat things that are not good for us. Or maybe we want food that is good for us, but we want too much of it; or too little of it; or we want it at the wrong times.

We know this. There is an entire weight-loss, dieting industry that is built upon the fact that the desires of our flesh will sometimes lead us in ways that are not good, not healthy, for the flesh itself. (more…)

¡Cuánto exige Cristo!—para librarnos y darnos la vida verdadera

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VIII Domingo Ordinario, Año A: 27 Febrero 2011
Isa 49, 14-15; Sal 61; 1 Cor 4, 1-5; Mat 6, 24-34

Es verdad, ¿no?, que a veces unas personas dicen que Dios, y que su Iglesia, exigen demasiado de nosotros seres humanos. Exigen el amor, y que rechacemos la venganza. Exigen la castidad; que nos mantenemos puros y honremos el matrimonio. Exigen la generosidad; que ayudemos a los necesitados y apoyemos a la Iglesia. Aún exigen que honremos el sábado, el día séptimo, que es el Domingo, el día del Señor. Que tenemos obligación de participar en la misa y que nos abstenemos de entregarnos a trabajos o actividades que impidan el culto debida a Dios… y el descanso necesario del espíritu y del cuerpo. [CIC 2180, 2185]

¡Cuánto exigen! Es como un amo que exige tanto de sus empleados o esclavos: (more…)

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Zacchaeus and freedom from pornography

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31st Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C: October 31, 2010
Wis 11:22–12:2; Ps 145; 2 Thess 1:11–2:2; Luke 19:1-10

I don’t think anyone would have dressed up as Zacchaeus for Halloween as their hero—if they had had Halloween in Jericho in the 1st century! Because Zacchaeus the tax collector was nobody’s hero.

Like the other tax collectors in the Holy Land in that century, he was seen as a traitor to his people because he was collecting taxes for the occupying Roman government; and he was seen as a sinner because of all the contact that he was regularly having with Gentiles. And, like many of the tax collectors of his time, he could use his position to extort payments from people to make himself rich; (more…)

La importancia de evitar las redes de la riqueza

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XXVI Domingo Ordinario, Año C: 26 Septiembre 2010
Amós 6, 1.4-7; Sal 145; 1 Tim 6, 11-16; Luc 16,19-31

La parábola que oímos hoy en la lectura del Evangelio es dirigida a los ricos. Recuerdan que, en la semana pasada, oímos la parábola del mal administrador. Y después de contar esa parábola, Jesús añadió en su explicación: “No pueden ustedes servir a Dios y al dinero.” Y entonces, en el versículo siguiente, leemos que: Al oír estas cosas, los fariseos, que son amantes del dinero, se burlaban de Jesús. Aunque los fariseos quisieron ser justos, eran ciegos en unas áreas morales, y así muchas veces se opusieron a nuestro Señor Jesús: inclusive en este tema de cómo es el uso justo del dinero.

Y Jesús respondió por contarles esta parábola de Lázaro y del hombre rico; (more…)

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