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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You will have life because of me!

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19th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B: August 9, 2015
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After all the wrong places, the Samaritan woman finally found what she was looking for

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3rd Sunday of Lent, Year A: March 27, 2011
Exod 17:3-7; Ps 95; Rom 5:1-2, 5-8; John 4:5-52

Because we are corporeal beings—because we are not just souls, but a combination of soul and body—we are characterized by thirst, and by hunger.  Thirst for water; hunger for food.  And also for other things:  for we also need clothing and shelter; security; and things that are less tangible:  hunger for meaning, and for accomplishment; thirst for love, and for yet more.

And when we go without any of these needs for a very long time, it can be said of us—as it was said of the People of Israel in the desert in our first reading—that we are dying of thirst. We need it, but we don’t have it:  we are dying of thirst.  And what are we going to do to satisfy that thirst? (more…)

Después de todos los lugares equivocados, la samaritana finalmente encontró lo que buscaba

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III Domingo de Cuaresma, Año A: 27 Marzo 2011
Ex 17, 3-7; Sal 94; Rom 5, 1-2.5-8; Juan 4, 5-42

Porque somos seres corporales—porque no somos sólo almas sino una combinación de alma y cuerpo—somos caracterizados por la sed; y el hambre. Sed del agua; hambre del alimento; y también de otras cosas: necesitamos también la ropa y el refugio; la seguridad. Y otras cosas más intangibles: hambre del sentido, y del logro; sed del amor, y aún más.

Y, cuando nos falta alguna de estas necesidades de duración muy larga, se puede decir de nosotros—como del Pueblo de Israel en el desierto en la primera lectura—que estamos torturados por la sed. Lo necesitamos; pero nos falta; estamos torturados por la sed. Y ¿qué haremos para satisfacer esta sed? (more…)

This Lent, which tree in the garden are you eating from?

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1st Sunday of Lent, Year A: March 13, 2011
Gen 2:7-9, 3:1-7; Ps 51; Rom 5:12-19; Matt 4:1-11

Jesus was led by the Spirit into the desert and he fasted for forty days and forty nights. This past Wednesday we were led by the Spirit to begin our own period of 40 days: called Quadragesima in Latin, meaning 40 or 40th; or Lent in English.

And we began it with the imposition of ashes. We all got to remember again just how light ashes are; how easy to blow them into the air or spill them. How dirty they are and easy to smudge. And we also got to hear again those words: “Remember, man, you are dust and to dust you will return.”

In our first reading, we heard, “The Lord God formed man out of the clay of the ground.” Many translations render this as “dust”: The Lord formed man out of the dust of the ground and blew into his nostrils the breath of life. What a thrilling sentence that is! (more…)