To win the heart of a king

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22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C: Aug. 28, 2016
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¿Qué tipo de Rey es nuestro Señor Jesús?

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Nuestro Señor Jesucristo, Rey del Universo, Año C:
24 Noviembre 2013

2 Sm 5, 1-3; Sal 121; Col 1, 12-20; Lc 23, 35-43 (more…)

This is the King we’ve been looking for!

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Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe, Year C:
Nov. 24, 2013

2 Sam 5:1-3; Ps 122; Col 1:12-20; Luke 23:35-43

In about the year 380 B.C., the Greek philosopher Plato wrote the work we know as “The Republic.” And in its opening, he explores a timeless question: we all want good human leaders who can teach us, govern us, guide us, in ways that will help us to grow and prosper, individually and collectively. But where will we find such leaders?

  • For, as we well know, Plato recognizes that so many rulers throughout history have seen their position as an opportunity to exploit the nation and its people for their own gain. That certainly isn’t the kind of ruler that we want!
  • But then, it can be hard to find someone with the right kind of knowledge and ability, who would be able to lead well. (more…)

Lázaro, el Hijo Pródigo, y usted

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XXVI Domingo Ordinario, Año C: 29 Septiembre 2013
Am 6, 1.4-7; Sal 145; 1 Tim 6, 11-16; Lc 16, 19-31

Hoy escuchamos de nuestro Señor Jesús, la parábola del hombre rico y Lázaro. Y hay algunos puntos en los cuales esta parábola se parece a una que oímos hace dos semanas. ¿Le dio cuenta de que Lázaro, yaciendo a la entrada de la casa del hombre rico, ansiaba llenarse con las sobras que caían de la mesa del rico? Oímos esas mismas palabras acerca del Hijo Pródigo: que, después de que había gastado toda su herencia, y cayó en desgracia y tuvo que tomar un trabajo de alimentación de los cerdos, ansiaba llenarse de las bellotas que comían los cerdos. (Lc 15, 16) ¿Y se acuerda de la celebración que pasó en esa parábola, y cómo el padre hablaba de cómo había que celebrar? (Lc 15, 23.24.29.32) Esta es la misma palabra que describe lo que hacía el hombre rico de la parábola todos los días. (more…)

Lazarus, the Prodigal Son, and you

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26th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C: Sept. 29, 2013
Amos 6:1, 4-7; Ps 146; 1 Tim 6:11-16; Luke 16:19-31

Today we hear from our Lord Jesus the Parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus. And there are some points in which this parable resembles one that we heard a couple weeks ago. Did you notice that Lazarus, lying at the rich man’s door, longed to eat his fill of the scraps that fell from the rich man’s table? We heard that same language about the Prodigal Son: who, after he had spent all of his inheritance, and fell on hard times, and had to take a job feeding pigs, longed to eat his fill of the pods on which the swine fed. (Luke 15:16) And do you remember the celebration that happened in that parable, and how the father spoke of how it was necessary to celebrate? (Luke 15:23, 24, 29, 32) This is the same word that describes what the rich man in this parable did every day. (more…)

The joy of the Prodigal Father

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4th Sunday of Lent, Year C: March 10, 2013
Josh 5:9-12; Ps 34; 2 Cor 5:17-21; Luke 15:1-3, 11-32

Where is the most joyful place on earth? On this Laetare Sunday, nicknamed for rejoicing, where might we find joy? Where would we look for it? Where do we expect it most? …I’ll come back to that question.

In our Gospel reading today, we hear one of our Lord Jesus’ most famous parables—which is often called the Parable of the Prodigal Son. Now “prodigal” is one of those words we don’t use a lot in English today, except when we are speaking about this very parable; and so, for that reason, the word has partly changed meaning, so that some speak of a prodigal as “one who has returned after an absence.” But that isn’t the original meaning of the word, which instead means one who spends lavishly or wastefully. And so this parable takes its name from the way that the younger son lavishly spent all of his inheritance while away in the distant country: the prodigal son. (more…)

Un amor generoso sin límites

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II Domingo de Cuaresma, Año B: 4 Marzo 2012
Gn 22, 1-2.9-13.15-18; Sal 115; Rom 8, 31-34; Mc 9, 2-10

¡Qué generosidad vemos en Dios! ¡Qué generosidad vemos en su creación del universo!—porque, en la eterna relación de amor en la Santísima Trinidad, sin ningún tipo de necesidad, con libertad creó al mundo, para compartir su bondad.

Y ¡qué generosidad vemos también en nuestra redención! Leemos en el Evangelio según San Juan: “Porque de tal manera amó Dios al mundo, que dio a su Hijo unigénito, para que todo aquel que cree en Él, no se pierda, mas tenga vida eterna.” (Jn 3, 16) Dios Padre nos dio todo, sin retener a nada. (more…)

Nunca es demasiado tarde, aún a la hora undécima

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XXV Domingo Ordinario, Año A: 18 Septiembre 2011
Is 55, 6-9; Sal 144; Flp 1, 20-24.27; Mt 20, 1-16

Nuestro Señor es muy bueno, muy generoso, dice Jesucristo.

Como el propietario en su parábola, podría salir sólo muy de madrugada. Y es verdad que sale tan temprano y llama tan temprano—en la historia de un pueblo, en la vida de una persona. Llama tan temprano, en la niñez, en la juventud—y hay unos que lo oyen y lo siguen desde aquella edad hasta la hora de su muerte. Así como hubo algunos obreros en la parábola que estaban en la plaza de madrugada, y así empezó trabajar en su viña temprano.

Y eso podría haber sido el fin del cuento. Pero no fue. (more…)

Advent: Night is almost over

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1st Sunday of Advent, Year A: Nov. 28, 2010
Isa 2:1-5; Ps 122:1-9; Rom 13:11-14; Matt 24:37-44

In our readings today, we hear again and again about darkness and light. We know that the Season of Advent always comes at a time of year when the world is getting darker, literally. It wasn’t that long ago this morning that it was dark; and we know that this evening, indeed before 5 p.m., the sun will set again. Now, today, when we are at home and we have our electricity to light our homes, doors to lock, and so on, this often doesn’t mean much. But we all know that when we are outside—hiking or camping or simply walking through an unknown area—then darkness makes a great difference in our lives. It means that it gets cold. It means it will be hard to see; hard to know what is out there in front of us or behind us; hard to know what to do about it. (more…)

A beautiful history of helping the Lazarus at our door

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26th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C: Sept. 25-26, 2010
Amos 6:1, 4-7; Ps 146:7-10; 1 Tim 6:11-16; Luke 16:19-31

We have just heard, in the Gospel reading, Jesus’ parable of Lazarus and the rich man. And, just a few years ago, there was a man living in downtown DC who was sort of like the figure of Lazarus in that parable. His name was Anthony—Anthony Cosby. Anthony had grown up in Richmond; and then after high school he went into the Navy, and he served in the Navy for 6 years. And then, after leaving the Navy, he got a part-time job. Well, actually, he got two or three part-time jobs; none of them paid very much. And, as he went on, he couldn’t make ends meet; to the extent that he ended up losing his housing. (more…)

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