Always with us, as food for the journey

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Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi),
Year A: June 22, 2014

Deut 8:2-3, 14-16; Ps 147; 1 Cor 10:16-17; John 6:51-58

9 weeks ago, we were celebrating the Paschal Triduum of Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter Sunday.

  • We recalled the original Passover and Exodus from Egypt, some 1400 years earlier, when the Lord rescued the People of Israel from slavery in Egypt. This was accomplished partly through the sacrifice of the Passover Lamb, and also through the parting of the Red Sea, so that they could pass through on dry land. And so they were rescued from Egypt and set on their way to the Promised Land.
  • And so we celebrated the fulfillment of this foreshadowing in our Lord Jesus Christ, who is the true Passover Lamb. For by giving himself in sacrifice, he set us free not merely from earthly slavery, but from Satan and sin and death. And he passed through, not merely an earthly sea, but death itself, to open the transformed life of the Resurrection. Thus we have been saved and set on our way to the New Heavens and the New Earth.

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Siempre con nosotros, como comida para el viaje

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El Cuerpo y la Sangre de Cristo, Año A: 22 Junio 2014
Dt 8, 2-3.14-16; Sal 147; 1 Cor 10, 16-17; Jn 6, 51-58 (more…)

Cada paso del camino, por la puerta angosta

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XXI Domingo Ordinario, Año C: 25 Agosto 2013
Is 66, 28-12; Sal 116; Heb 12, 5-7.11-13; Lc 13, 22-30

Tengo buenas noticias y malas noticias. O, más bien, el Señor Jesús nos da buenas noticias y malas noticias, en la lectura del Evangelio de hoy. Empecemos con las buenas noticias.

La buena noticia es que el cielo es real; ¡y será fantástico! Aquí nuestro Señor lo describe como un gran banquete, con buenísima comida y buenísima compañía. Todos los héroes de la fe estarán allí: (more…)

The bucket list and the narrow gate

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21st Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C: Aug. 25, 2013
Isa 66:18-21; Ps 117; Heb 12:5-7, 11-13; Luke 13:22-30

Do you have a bucket list? You know: one of those lists of things that you want to before you die, before you “kick the bucket.” I’ve heard that phrase fairly often since the movie of that same title came out several years ago. And usually the actions on those lists are things that are fun and exciting.

But let me ask you another question: Do you believe in heaven? Do you intend to go to heaven? And if you do, then why have a bucket list?

Is it because you think that heaven is boring, and this earthly life is so much more exciting? (more…)

Groaning, hoping, and the down payment of the Spirit

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Pentecost Sunday: May 18, 2013
At the Vigil Mass: Gen 11:1-9; Ps 104; Rom 8:22-27; John 7:37-39

The world is groaning. We heard St. Paul write in our first reading: all creation is groaning—is groaning in labor pains even until now; and not only that, but we ourselves… we also groan. Why this groaning? You know. In the verses immediately before this passage, he speaks of the sufferings of this present time; of futility; of slavery to corruption. And we all know what that means. It means political corruption and terrorism; it means sickness and death; it means drudgery and depression; it means conflict and heartache. And so we groan.

And like children on a trip, we say: “Are we there yet?” Because we have hope. (more…)

Going home to Mom—and to our Heavenly Father

This is a translation of the Spanish homily I preached.
Ascension of the Lord, Year C: May 12, 2013
Acts 1:1-11; Ps 47; Eph 1:17-23; Luke 24:46-53

He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. For 40 days after our Lord Jesus Christ rose from the dead on Easter Sunday, he appeared alive to his disciples, spoke with them, ate with them, and unfolded to them the mysteries of what he had done and what he was about to do. And then came the day when he parted from them; when he was taken up to heaven and a cloud took him from their sight; and, as we heard in the first reading, the apostles were left looking intently at the sky—now alone. (more…)

Regresar a casa a Mamá—y al Padre celestial

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Ascensión del Señor, Año C: 12 Mayo 2013
Hch 1, 1-11; Sal 46; Ef 1, 17-23; Lc 24, 46-53

Nuestro Señor Jesucristo subió al cielo, y está sentado a la derecha del Padre. Durante los 40 días después de que resucitó de entre los muertos en el domingo de Pascua, se presentó vivo a sus discípulos, les habló, comió con ellos, y se desarrolló para ellos los misterios de lo que había hecho y que iba a hacer. Y entonces llegó el día en que se fue apartando de ellos, cuando fue elevándose al cielo y una nube lo ocultó a sus ojos; y, como oímos en la primera lectura, los apóstoles se quedaron mirando fijamente al cielo—ahora solos. (more…)

El amor, la muerte, y la Resurrección

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Homilía en Novena de la Medalla Milagrosa, 29 Abril 2013
1 Jn 4, 7-10.16-19

Una frase en el Cantar de los Cantares (8, 6) nos dice: “Fuerte como la muerte es el amor.” Y reconocemos este deseo dentro de todo amor, ¿no? En el amor de un hombre por una mujer, o una mujer por un hombre; o los padres por los niños, u en otras relaciones familiares; o en una gran amistad; o incluso en el amor por un lugar, una nación, una idea, una obra de arte. En el amor queremos que nuestro amor, y sobre todo el amado, y nosotros que amamos—que todos seamos inmunes a la muerte. (more…)

Love, death, and the Resurrection

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Homily at Miraculous Medal Novena, April 29, 2013
1 John 4:7-10, 16-19

One line in the Song of Songs (8:6) tells us: “Love is strong as death.” And we recognize this desire within all love, don’t we? Within the love of a man for a woman, or a woman for a man; or parents for children, or other family relationships; or great friendships; or even in love for a place, a nation, an idea, a work of art. In love we want our love, and especially the beloved, and ourselves as those who love, to be impervious to death. (more…)

¿Quién ama el cuerpo? ¿Quién desea la resurrección?

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Homilía en Novena de la Medalla Milagrosa, 8 Abril 2013
1 Cor 15, 12-20

¿Creemos en la inmortalidad del alma, o en la resurrección de la carne?

Podría parecer que edifico una pregunta con trampa en ponerla de esta manera, ya que la respuesta es: “Ambos.” Pero en realidad es una pregunta útil, porque nos recuerda que los dos conceptos no son exactamente iguales. Y es posible creer en uno sin el otro; o incluso hacer hincapié en uno hasta el punto de accidentalmente olvidar el otro.

Nos encontramos esta tarde en el tiempo de Pascua—estos 50 días del año en que celebramos la verdad sorprendente de la resurrección de nuestro Señor Jesucristo en la carne. (more…)