The Divine Bridegroom, revealed!

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2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C: January 17, 2016
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Let Jesus make your marriage beautiful

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27th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B: Oct. 4, 2015
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De quien recibe nombre toda paternidad

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Santísima Trinidad, Año A: 15 Junio 2014
Ex 34, 4-6.8-9; Dn 3; 2 Cor 13, 11-14; Jn 3, 16-18 (more…)

From whom all fatherhood is named

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Most Holy Trinity, Year A: June 15, 2014
Exod 34:4-6 8-9; Dan 3:52-54, 56; 2 Cor 13:11-13; John 3:16-18 (more…)

Satisfacer nuestra hambre en forma de Dios

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El Cuerpo y la Sangre de Cristo, Año C: 2 Junio 2013
Gn 14, 18-20; Sal 109; 1 Cor 11, 23-26; Lc 9, 11-17

Cuando yo era niño, y llegué a la edad de 10 años y medio, tuve la oportunidad de entrar en los Boy Scouts. Y, como todos los Scouts, aprendí lo que llamamos la Ley Scout: una declaración con 12 puntos, 12 características personales que deben caracterizar a un Boy Scout. Pero en esa primera tropa, también aprendimos un punto 13. Y así recitábamos: “Un Scout es: honrado, leal, servicial, amigable, cortés, bondadoso, obediente, alegre, económico, valiente, limpio, reverente… ¡y hambriento!”

¡Y, por supuesto, era la verdad! ¡Sí que los Boy Scouts tienen hambre! Y también otros jóvenes— (more…)

Satisfying our God-shaped hunger

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Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi), Year C: June 2, 2013
Gen 14:18-20; Ps 110; 1 Cor 11:23-36; Luke 9:11-17

When I was a boy, and I reached the age of 10½, I was able to join the Boy Scouts. And, like all Scouts, I learned what we called the Scout Law: a statement with 12 points, 12 personal characteristics that are to characterize a Boy Scout. But in that first troop, we also learned a 13th point. And so we would recite: “A Scout is: trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, reverent… and hungry!”

And, of course, it was true! Boy Scouts are hungry! And so are other youth— (more…)

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…)

El Dios del universo te ama intensamente. ¿Y tú?

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XXIX Domingo Ordinario, Año A: 16 Octubre 2011
Is 45, 1.4-6; Sal 95; 1 Tes 1, 1-5; Mt 22, 15-21

La vista de nuestras lecturas hoy es una vista muy ancha—una vista internacional o universal. Y así es una vista que conocemos bien hoy. Pero, al mismo tiempo, se manifiesta como una vista muy personal; y así nos presenta un mensaje muy pertinente.

En la primera lectura, oímos el Señor hablando de su ungido, Ciro. ¡Qué sorpresa! ¡Qué impresión! Pero, ¿por qué? Porque esa lenguaje de unción y de un ungido, en el Pueblo de Israel en el siglo VI antes de Cristo, perteneció a sus sacerdotes y sus reyes—sus “mesías,” que significa, literalmente, ungidos. Pero ¡Ciro no es judío! (more…)

Remember whose you are

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29th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A: Oct. 16, 2011
Isa 45:1, 4-6; Ps 96; 1 Thess 1:1-5; Matt 22:15-21

When I was in high school and college, and I was at the train station or the airport, about to head back to school, sometimes my dad would say to me before we parted: “Remember whose you are.”

This simple admonition captures the core of what is going on in the incident that we hear in our Gospel reading today. The opponents of our Lord Jesus are trying to trap him publicly by forcing him to say either something dangerous or something deeply unpopular. “Is it lawful to pay the census tax to Caesar or not?” they ask. (more…)