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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Immaculate Conception: Open hands, open heart

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Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary:
Dec. 8, 2011

Gen 3:9-15, 20; Ps 98; Eph 1:3-6, 11-12; Luke 1:26-38

Today we celebrate that great gift that was given to the Virgin Mary from the first moment of her conception—a unique gift to prepare her for her unique vocation to be Mother of God. And our Scripture readings set her beside Eve—one woman and the other, so often compared, so often contrasted. And as the two of them come into focus, one thing that draws my attention is their body language—especially what they are doing with their hands.

For Eve’s hands, earlier in the same chapter of Genesis from which the first reading is taken, had closed—in fear and suspicion of God. She had reached out with them to take the fruit from the forbidden tree. (more…)

Inmaculada Concepción: Con las manos abiertas

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Inmaculada Concepción de la Virgen María:
8 Diciembre 2011

Gn 3, 9-15.20; Sal 97; Ef 1, 3-6.11-12; Lc 1, 26-38

En esta fiesta celebramos el don dado a la Virgen Maria en el primer instante de su concepción—un don especial, un don único, que la preparó para vivir su vocación única. Y para que entendamos este don, la primera lectura nos señala a Eva.

Y, en pensar en esta pareja de mujeres, sucede que pienso en su lenguaje gestual—en lo que hacen con sus manos.

Las manos de Eva, anteriormente en el capítulo, han cerrado en miedo y el recelo de Dios. (more…)

Zacchaeus and freedom from pornography

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31st Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C: October 31, 2010
Wis 11:22–12:2; Ps 145; 2 Thess 1:11–2:2; Luke 19:1-10

I don’t think anyone would have dressed up as Zacchaeus for Halloween as their hero—if they had had Halloween in Jericho in the 1st century! Because Zacchaeus the tax collector was nobody’s hero.

Like the other tax collectors in the Holy Land in that century, he was seen as a traitor to his people because he was collecting taxes for the occupying Roman government; and he was seen as a sinner because of all the contact that he was regularly having with Gentiles. And, like many of the tax collectors of his time, he could use his position to extort payments from people to make himself rich; (more…)