To win the heart of a king

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22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C: Aug. 28, 2016
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Neither condoning nor condemning: encounter Christ’s mercy and be transformed

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5th Sunday of Lent, Year C: March 13, 2016
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Surprised by blessing upon blessing

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4th Sunday of Advent, Year C: Dec. 20, 2015
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Disciples, all the way to the roots

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25th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B: Sept. 20, 2015
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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…)

Domingo de Ramos: ¿Cómo responderemos a este Rey Salvador?

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Domingo de Ramos, Año A: 13 Abril 2014
Is 50, 4-7; Sal 21; Flp 2, 6-11; Mt 26, 14—27, 66 (more…)

Changed by the Babe in the manger

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The Nativity of the Lord (Christmas): Dec. 25, 2013
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Isa 62:11-12; Ps 97; Tit 3:4-7; Luke 2:15-20

Last night, at Midnight Mass, we heard some of the central events of that first Christmas Night.

  • How the Virgin Mary and St. Joseph had to travel from Nazareth to Bethlehem because of a government census; and there was no room for them in the inn; and so Mary gave birth to Jesus and laid him in a manger.
  • And how, not far from there, some shepherds were keeping the night watch over their flock. And then they were surprised by the appearance of an angel, who declared to them the news: (more…)

En la humildad, liberado y fundado

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XXII Domingo Ordinario, Año C: 1 Septiembre 2013
Sir 3, 19-21.30-31; Sal 67; Heb 12, 18-19.22-24; Lc 14, 1.7-14

En las lecturas de hoy, se nos insta a tener humildad y humillarnos. Pero, ¿qué significa esto?

  • ¿Significa la humildad no hacer nada para aprender más, u obtener un buen trabajo, o mejorar nuestra condición de vida? No.
  • ¿Significa la humildad decir falsamente que no valemos nada, que no tenemos buenas cualidades o talentos o habilidades? No.
  • ¿Significa la humildad pasivamente dejar que la falsedad o el mal nos aplasten, y nunca hablar o actuar por la verdad y la bondad? No. (more…)

Humbly receptive at the great banquet

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22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C: Sept. 1, 2013
Sir 3:17-18, 20, 28-29; Ps 68; Heb 12:18-19, 22-24; Luke 14:1, 7-14

In our Gospel reading today, we hear our Lord Jesus advise: “When you are invited to a wedding banquet, go and take the lowest place so that when the host comes to you he may say, ‘My friend, move up to a higher position.'” Now, as literal advice, taking the lowest place with that goal wouldn’t be real humility at all; it would be a manipulative fraud. But we know that our Lord Jesus is telling a parable here, and sometimes when he does so he exaggerates the everyday details of the story in order to make his point.

But imagine for a moment that you did take the advice literally; that you took the lowest place in the banquet; and no one noticed. (more…)

Una vida no vacía sino llena y guiada por el amor

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XXIII Domingo Ordinario, Año A: 4 Septiembre 2011
Ez 33, 7-9; Sal 94; Rom 13, 8-10; Mt 18, 15-20

A veces, oímos este refrán en nuestra sociedad, ¿no? “Con tal de que no hagas daño a nadie, haz lo que quieras.” Es la disposición de un movimiento neo-pagano pero también de muchos otros en esta sociedad. Marca unas líneas de prohibición, contra el daño, pero deja un espacio muy grande y vacío de actuar, en un tipo de la libertad muy desconectada. Sabemos que es una disposición muy común.

Y sabemos que no es la disposición de nuestro Señor Jesús, ni de la Iglesia que él fundó. (more…)