Not a drop to drink?

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12th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C: June 19, 2016
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Christ’s New Covenant: so much deeper, stronger, further!

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6th Sunday of Easter, Year C: May 1, 2016
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Do you see in yourself what the angels see? Do you hear the Father’s voice?

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The Baptism of the Lord, Year C: January 10, 2016
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Ready to pay that price, to gain that treasure

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28th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B: Oct. 11, 2015
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Jesús fue bautizado para sobrealimentar el bautismo

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El Bautismo del Señor, Año A: 12 Enero 2014
Is 42, 1-4.6-7; Sal 28; Hch 10, 34-38; Mt 3, 13-17 (more…)

Jesus was baptized to supercharge baptism

This is a translation of the Spanish homily I preached.
The Baptism of the Lord, Year A: Jan. 12, 2014
Isa 42:1-4, 6-7; Ps 29; Acts 10:34-38; Matt 3:13-17

About a month ago, we were in the season of Advent. And as we focused upon preparing ourselves to receive the Lord Jesus at his Second Coming, we turned again to John the Baptist, who prepared people to receive him in his first coming. And we saw that John was preaching repentance, and practicing a baptism of repentance.

  • He preached repentance: a change of life, a turning of oneself, away from sin and what is bad, toward God and what is good. And it is a turning in heart and mind, and in outward action.
  • And he drew people into a baptism of repentance: into themselves entering into this symbolic action that was performed by non-Jews who were converting to become Jewish. (more…)

Sigue a Cristo en el agua del bautismo

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El Bautismo del Señor, Año C: 13 Enero 2013
Is 42, 1-4.6-7; Sal 28; Tit 2, 11-14; 3, 4-7; Lc 3, 15-16.21-22

Cuando viajamos como pelegrinos cristianos a la Tierra Santa, uno de los sitios que buscamos es el del bautismo de nuestro Señor Jesús. Sabemos que San Juan Bautista bautizaba en el río Jordán, y hay unos puntos a lo largo del Jordán que se sugieren como sitios posibles. Y cuando llegamos, normalmente queremos tocar el agua, o aún entrar en el agua. Hay algunos que son bautizados allí en el Jordán—o probablemente rebautizados, si son cristianos que no entienden como nosotros que el bautismo es un evento transformativo de una sola vez y no repetible. Pero es natural querer seguir a Cristo en el agua. (more…)

Follow Christ into the waters of baptism

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The Baptism of the Lord, Year C: Jan. 13, 2013
Isa 42:1-4, 6-7; Ps 29; Titus 2:11-14, 3:4-7; Luke 3:15-16, 21-22

When Christian pilgrims visit the Holy Land, one of the many sites that we seek out is the location where our Lord Jesus was baptized. We know that John the Baptist was baptizing in the Jordan River, and there are a few different spots along the Jordan that are suggested as possible locations. One of these is a location in the present-day country of Jordan, called “Al Maghtas,” just a little to the east of the current course of the Jordan River, where excavations in the mid-1990s uncovered the remains of a number of church buildings built starting around 500 AD to mark this very spot. (more…)

Elegido para una misión

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XV Domingo Ordinario, Año B: 15 Julio 2012
Am 7, 12-15; Sal 84; Ef 1, 3-14; Mc 6, 7-13

¿Cómo quieres estar después de 10 años? ¿Dónde quieres estar, y qué quieres estar haciendo? ¿Quién quieres ser, y con quiénes? ¿Qué tipo de éxito quieres? ¿Y cómo alcanzarás ese éxito—por medio de qué fuerzas, habilidades, o recursos? ¿Qué misión personal quieres cumplir? ¿A quién quieres agradar? ¿Quién quieres ser después de 10 años?

Quizá sabes las respuestas exactas; o quizá ya tienes sólo una idea vaga, que podrías clarificar por un tiempo de reflexión. Es muy humano tener un sentido de identidad y de dirección. (more…)

Called, chosen, and changed

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15th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B: July 15, 2012
Amos 7:12-15; Ps 85; Eph 1:3-14; Mark 6:7-13

Where do you see yourself in 10 years? Where do you want to be, and what do you want to be doing? Who do you want to be? What will count as success? And how will you reach that success—what strengths, skills, resources will you draw upon? What personal mission will you be accomplishing? Who will be pleased and proud of you? Who do you want to be in 10 years?

If you have worked through certain seminars or methods in priorities and time management, you may already have those questions precisely answered and right on the tip of your tongue. If not, you surely have some idea of the answers within you and could work them out with some thought and reflection. It’s pretty basic to being human to have a sense of identity and direction. (more…)