Clean and beautiful, inside and out

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22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B: Aug. 30, 2015
Deut 4:1-2, 6-8; Ps 15; James 1:17-18, 21-22, 27; Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23

In the Gospel reading we have just heard, the Pharisees and the scribes took Jesus’ disciples to task for not washing their hands before eating, according to the customs of the time. Now, we should remember that their motivation for such handwashing was not being sanitary, but rather ritual purity. The law that the Lord gave his people in the Old Covenant required certain kinds of washing—especially of priests preparing to offer sacrifice, but also of all people in certain circumstances—for the sake of ritual purity.

But there is a problem with the Pharisees’ view of this: (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…)