Tienes ante ti la vida y la muerte. ¡Escoge la vida!

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III Domingo Ordinario, Año B: 22 Enero 2012
Jon 3, 1-5.10; Sal 24; 1 Cor 7, 29-31; Mc 1, 14-20

El Señor habló a Jonás, y le mandó que vaya a la ciudad de Nínive y predique un mensaje del arrepentimiento. Y Jonás lo hizo.

¡Pero esto pasó en el capítulo 3! Si recuerdes el capítulo 1, el Señor dio a Jonás el mismo mandamiento; y Jonás se negó y se fue en dirección contraria. No fue por el camino al noreste a Nínive, sino al oeste a la costa del mar, para embarcar hasta el punto más oeste que había oído. ¿Por qué? Porque Nínive era la capital de un imperio que cometió atrocidades terribles. Jonás tenía miedo de ellos, con buena razón, y quería que fueran destruidos. Y dijo al Señor: “sabía yo que tú eres un Dios clemente y compasivo, lento para la ira y rico en misericordia, y que te arrepientes del mal.” (Jon 4, 2) (more…)

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You have before you life and death. Choose life!

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3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B: Jan. 22, 2012
Jonah 3:1-5, 10; Ps 25; 1 Cor 7:29-31; Mark 1:14-20

The Lord spoke to Jonah, and told him to go to preach a message of repentance to the city of Nineveh. And Jonah went.

But that’s chapter 3! If you remember back to chapter 1, the Lord gives Jonah the same message; and Jonah said, “Nothing doing,” and went in the opposite direction. Instead of going northeast over land to Nineveh, he went west to the sea coast and boarded a ship going as far west as he had ever heard of. Why? Because Nineveh was the capital of an empire that regularly committed terrible atrocities. Jonah was afraid of them, with good reason, and wanted them destroyed. And he tells the Lord: “I knew that you are a gracious and merciful God, slow to anger, rich in clemency, loathe to punish.” (Jonah 4:2) (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…)