To whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.

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21st Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B: Aug. 23, 2015
Josh 24:1-2, 15-17, 18; Ps 34; Eph 5:2, 25-32; John 6:51-58

Have you ever thought about one of the teachings of the Catholic Church: “That teaching is hard! It doesn’t seem right. It seems impossible. It seems shocking or offensive!” Maybe you have thought this sometime in the past; maybe you are thinking this right now, as you are here at Mass. I’m sure you have known others who have thought this.

Well, if you have had this reaction, you are in good company— (more…)

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What do you do with the mystery of the Trinity?

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Most Holy Trinity, Year C: May 26, 2013
Prov 8:22-31; Ps 8; Rom 5:1-5; John 16:12-15

Today we celebrate the mystery of the Most Holy Trinity. But what is a mystery? In books of fiction, a mystery is often a puzzle related to a crime that a detective is supposed to solve. But when we speak about the faith, it means something different. From what I have heard, it is something that you say when you want a child to stop asking questions! “No, I don’t know who or why or how! It’s a mystery. Beat it, kid!”

But, of course, that’s not really what a mystery of the faith is. A mystery is something that is initially out of reach of our human reason— (more…)

Spiritual zombies and the Divine Physician

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26th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B: Sept. 30, 2012
Num 11:25-29; Ps 19; James 5:1-6; Mark 9:38-48

The writer Ross Douthat, in his recent book on religion in America (Bad Religion: How We Became a Nation of Heretics, pp. 152-53), has observed that

Christianity is a paradoxical religion because the Jew of Nazareth is a paradoxical character. No figure in history or fiction contains as many multitudes as the New Testament’s Jesus.

And then he proceeds to list many pairs of paradoxical traits and actions that we see in our Lord Jesus. For example, he writes:

He can be egalitarian and hierarchical, gentle and impatient, extraordinarily charitable and extraordinarily judgmental. He sets impossible standards and then forgives the worst of sinners. (more…)

Zombis espirituales y el médico divino

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XXVI Domingo Ordinario, Año B: 30 Septiembre 2012
Nm 11, 25-29; Sal 18; St 5, 1-6; Mc 9, 38-48

Nuestro Señor Jesucristo siempre nos sorprende. Dice algo, y entonces dice otro, que no habíamos esperado. Hace algo, y entonces hace otro con contraste. Un escritor norteamericano lo ha llamado un “carácter paradójico” y provee ejemplos de pares de calidades y acciones paradójicas que vemos en nuestro Señor. Escribe:

Puede ser igualitaria y jerárquica, suave e impaciente, extraordinariamente caritativo y extraordinariamente crítico. Establece normas imposibles y entonces perdona a los peores de pecadores. (Ross Douthat, Bad Religion: How We Became a Nation of Heretics, pp. 152-53; traducción mía)

Y observa que el cristianismo ortodoxo siempre ha sido fiel en abrazar y proclamar la totalidad de Jesús; (more…)