Jesus asks the impossible—and then enables us to do it

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13th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C: June 26, 2016
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Neither condoning nor condemning: encounter Christ’s mercy and be transformed

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5th Sunday of Lent, Year C: March 13, 2016
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Not to dominate, but to give life

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29th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B: Oct. 18, 2015
Isa 53:10-11; Ps 33; Heb 4:14-16; Mark 10:35-45

What do you truly need? And what does the world really need? These questions seem to be implicit in Jesus’ question to James and John—“What do you wish me to do for you?”—and in their response, their belief about what they and the world really need. Which is: for them to be in charge.

St. Mark relates to us that this conversation takes place as Jesus and his disciples are making a journey to Jerusalem and getting close to their destination. (more…)

Tanto amó Dios al mundo

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IV Domingo de Cuaresma, Año B: 15 Marzo 2015 (more…)

God so loved the world

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4th Sunday of Lent, Year B: March 15, 2015
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Vivir por fe como ciudadanos del cielo

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II Domingo de Cuaresma, Año C: 24 Febrero 2013
Gn 15, 5-12.17-18; Sal 26; Flp 3, 17—4, 1; Lc 9, 28-36

En nuestra segunda lectura hoy, oímos que San Pablo nos presenta dos imágenes contrastantes, de cómo vivir en este mundo. Como creaturas corporales, con necesidades y sentimientos físicos, para nosotros es fácil caer en la trampa de ver sólo lo físico—y formar nuestras vidas sólo para seguir propósitos físicos. Y estamos rodeados por los que viven así. Es fácil caer en vivir como si nuestro dios fuera nuestro vientre, y pensar sólo en cosas de la tierra. Si vivimos así, nos hacemos en efecto, como el apóstol dice, enemigos de la cruz de Cristo.

Es fácil caer en esto; pero nuestro Señor Jesús quiere que vivamos de otra manera, con otro propósito. (more…)

Immaculate Conception: All beautiful!

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The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary:
Dec. 8, 2012
Gen 3:9-15, 20; Ps 98; Eph 1:3-6, 11-12; Luke 1:26-38

“Where are you?” we hear the Lord God call to Adam in the first reading. “Where are you?” For we read in the previous verse that the Lord is walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and Adam and Eve have hidden themselves. On previous days, surely, they had run out to meet their beloved Creator with joy as soon as they perceived his presence near them. But now they have sinned for the first time. They have allowed fear and greed and lies to drive a wedge between them and God, and to reshape them in that twisted image; to place that stain upon their hearts, and upon human nature itself which they would pass on to their descendents forever after. Suspecting, accusing, hiding, lying, taking, killing: all of this and more in the stain of original sin. (more…)

The wellspring of thanksgiving

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Thanksgiving Day: Nov. 22, 2012
Sir 50:22-24; Ps 145; 1 Cor 1:3-9; Luke 17:11-19

A week or two ago, I received the latest newsletter from the Saint Luke Institute, which helps priests and religious sisters who have run into psychological difficulties. And the article on the front page was written by none other than Fr. Hugh Lagan SMA (who was recently resident in this parish for a couple years and is a member of their clinical staff). In this article, he spoke about “positive psychology,” which, rather than focusing upon psychological illness, instead studies what it takes for human beings to grow and function well and thrive. Toward the end of the article, he passed on two specific tips:

  • Count your blessings: Every evening for one week, write down three things that went well during the day. This can help refocus your thoughts on the positive, rather than the negative, and enhance your well-being. (more…)

Jesus isn’t asking for your vote: He is pouring out his life for you, in mercy and grace

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29th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B: Oct. 21, 2012
Isa 53:10-11; Ps 33; Heb 4:14-16; Mark 10:35-45

  • Five weeks ago, we heard the first time in the Gospel of Mark when Jesus told his disciples about his coming Passion (8:31). Peter had just confessed that Jesus was the Messiah; and then, after Jesus tells them that he will suffer and die and rise again, Peter begins to rebuke him.
  • Four weeks ago, we heard the second time that he told them about his Passion (9:31). That time, they were too afraid to ask him any questions, but instead took to discussing among themselves who was the greatest.
  • And in our Gospel reading today, Jesus has just predicted his Passion a third time, in greater detail than before. And how do they respond? James and John come to him and ask him for a favor: that in his glory they might sit one at his right and the other at his left.

They don’t seem to be getting the message! (more…)

¡Qué grande es la Divina Misericordia!

Una traducción de la homilía que prediqué en inglés en el Domingo de la Divina Misericordia.
II Domingo de Pascua (o de Divina Misericordia), Año B: 15 Abril 2012
Hch 4, 32-35; Sal 117; 1 Jn 5, 1-6; Jn 20, 19-31

Hace nueve días, recordamos la dolorosa Pasión de nuestro Señor Jesucristo: cuando, voluntariamente, extendió sus brazos entre el cielo y la tierra, y derramó su Sangre Preciosa por nosotros. Y, por los que lo estaban matando, clavando sus manos y sus pies a la cruz, dijo: “Padre, perdónalos, porque no saben lo que hacen.” (Lc 23, 34)

Hace nueve días, recordamos la gran provisión de la Divina Misericordia, cuando, después de que nuestro Señor entregó el espíritu, uno de los soldados le traspasó el costado con una lanza, y al momento salió sangre y agua (Jn 19, 30.34)—esos dos corrientes de su gracia que se simbolizan por los dos rayos de luz que vio Santa Faustina brillando desde su Corazón: (more…)