Faith for the long haul

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19th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C: Aug. 7, 2016
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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…)

Christ, our great high priest

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5th in a series of short homilies on the Mass

In the Mass, our Lord Jesus Christ is made truly present to us, in the fullness of his being—in both his divine nature and his human nature—body and blood, soul and divinity. He is made to be here with us—though under sacramental appearance—disguised, as it were, under the appearance of bread and wine. And that presence alone would be enough to make our encounter with him in the Mass the shining center of our day, our week, our entire life.

But that’s just the beginning. For our Lord makes himself present for a purpose—the purpose of drawing us into his one perfect sacrifice: as the great, eternal high priest, offering himself to the Father. (more…)