Step out in joy and freedom

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23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B: Sept. 6, 2015
Isa 35:4-7; Ps 146; James 2:1-5; Mark 7:31-37

In about two weeks, our Holy Father Pope Francis is going to arrive here in the U.S.—indeed, here in the Washington, D.C., area—to visit us. We know that he has gained a great deal of attention by many people since he was elected as Pope, and that many people find him a fascinating and attractive person. One of the aspects for which Pope Francis is famous is his concern for the poor, and his readiness to reach out and embrace people who are poor or who live with difficult physical or life circumstances.

And surely we can imagine Pope Francis giving us the same admonition that we heard from St. James in our second reading today. (more…)

A beautiful history of helping the Lazarus at our door

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26th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C: Sept. 25-26, 2010
Amos 6:1, 4-7; Ps 146:7-10; 1 Tim 6:11-16; Luke 16:19-31

We have just heard, in the Gospel reading, Jesus’ parable of Lazarus and the rich man. And, just a few years ago, there was a man living in downtown DC who was sort of like the figure of Lazarus in that parable. His name was Anthony—Anthony Cosby. Anthony had grown up in Richmond; and then after high school he went into the Navy, and he served in the Navy for 6 years. And then, after leaving the Navy, he got a part-time job. Well, actually, he got two or three part-time jobs; none of them paid very much. And, as he went on, he couldn’t make ends meet; to the extent that he ended up losing his housing. (more…)

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La importancia de evitar las redes de la riqueza

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XXVI Domingo Ordinario, Año C: 26 Septiembre 2010
Amós 6, 1.4-7; Sal 145; 1 Tim 6, 11-16; Luc 16,19-31

La parábola que oímos hoy en la lectura del Evangelio es dirigida a los ricos. Recuerdan que, en la semana pasada, oímos la parábola del mal administrador. Y después de contar esa parábola, Jesús añadió en su explicación: “No pueden ustedes servir a Dios y al dinero.” Y entonces, en el versículo siguiente, leemos que: Al oír estas cosas, los fariseos, que son amantes del dinero, se burlaban de Jesús. Aunque los fariseos quisieron ser justos, eran ciegos en unas áreas morales, y así muchas veces se opusieron a nuestro Señor Jesús: inclusive en este tema de cómo es el uso justo del dinero.

Y Jesús respondió por contarles esta parábola de Lázaro y del hombre rico; (more…)

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