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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How can this man give us his flesh to eat?

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20th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B: August 16, 2015
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Jesus wants you to meet him

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18th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B: August 2, 2015
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The sign says: Jesus miraculously meets your needs

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17th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B: July 26, 2015
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Recibir el amor de tal don

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XX Domingo Ordinario, Año B: 19 Agosto 2012
Pr 9, 1-6; Sal 33; Ef 5, 15-20; Jn 6, 51-58

Hace un siglo, el escritor Ernest Thompson Seton publicó un libro que incluyó una historia que vino de hace unas décadas. En la zona del Ártico, en un invierno, un grupo de indios algonquinos murieron de hambre—todos, menos una mujer y su bebé. Llevando a su bebé, ella empezó a caminar hacia un lugar donde podrían recibir ayuda. Llegaron en un lago, y allí encontró equipo, incluyendo un sedal; y hubo peces en el lago; pero no tuvo cebo. Y estaban muriendo de hambre. Por lo tanto, usando un cuchillo, la mujer cortó de su propio muslo una tira de carne, y puso su propia carne como cebo en el anzuelo, para coger el primer pescado. Y así ellos sobrevivieron—y siempre después la mujer tuvo una cicatriz en su muslo de donde había sacado su propia carne. (more…)

“My flesh for the life of the world”

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20th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B: Aug. 19, 2012
Prov 9:1-6; Ps 34; Eph 5:15-20; John 6:51-58

100 years ago, the author Ernest Thompson Seton published a book that included a story from a few decades earlier. Up in the Arctic, one winter a group of Algonquin Indians all starved to death—except for one woman and her baby. She took her baby and set out to reach a place where they could find help. They made it as far as a lake, where she found some equipment, including a fishing line; and there were fish in the lake; but no bait. They were starving. So the woman took a knife and cut a strip of flesh from her own thigh, and used her own flesh to bait that hook and catch the first fish. And they survived—and ever after the woman always had a scar on her thigh from where she had cut out her own flesh.

This is a striking story. And don’t we instantly understand just how great a love that woman had for her baby? And how remarkable it would be to give your own flesh to feed someone you love? Or to be the recipient of that kind of love? (more…)

La vida verdadera y la respuesta audaz de Cristo

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XIX Domingo Ordinario, Año B: 12 Agosto 2012
1 Re 19, 4-8; Sal 33; Ef 4, 30–5, 2; Jn 6, 41-51

Cuando considero la lectura del Evangelio de hoy, veo una semejanza entre el intercambio de nuestro Señor Jesucristo con sus oyentes, y la situación del protagonista de una película norteamericana reciente que se llama “Moneyball,” o, en unos países hispanohablantes, “El juego de la fortuna.”

En esa película, el protagonista es el director general de un equipo de béisbol profesional. En el principio, pierde tres de sus jugadores mejores, y tiene solo una cantidad muy limitada de dinero para reclutar reemplazos. En esa situación difícil, está dispuesto a considerar e implementar un enfoque totalmente nuevo de reclutar y edificar un equipo ganador. Encuentra la resistencia de muchos, que piensan que es loco. Y, después de unas semanas de la temporada, cuando no pasa todo bien y muchos hablan de si él perderá su empleo, este director debe decidir: ¿Irá atrás a métodos más convencionales? ¿O implementará más plenamente estos métodos nuevos y radicales? ¿Cuál es el camino correcto para realizar sus propósitos? (more…)

Where is true life to be found?

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19th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B: Aug. 12, 2012
1 Kgs 19:4-8; Ps 34; Eph 4:30–5:2; John 6:41-51

What do you consider essential for living a life that is full and rich and the way that life is really meant to be? What makes you feel firmly founded; well supplied with what you need; and headed in the right direction? Or, if someone were to come to you and tell you that they are struggling; that they feel confused, directionless, hungry, cut off, dissatisfied, unhappy; and they ask you for advice: what would you counsel them? Where is true life to be found?

We can imagine a variety of answers that could be given to these questions. (more…)

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How will we answer Jesus’ prayer? (fifth in a series on John chapter 6)

21st Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B: August 23, 2009
Josh 24:1-2, 15-17, 18; Ps 34:2-3, 16-21; Eph 5:25-32; John 6:60-69

When you pray, does God answer your prayers? When you ask for something in prayer, do you get an answer? Do you get what you want? Let’s try it out, right now. “Dear Lord, please give me: a Lexus; a convertible; cherry red; 288 horsepower; in my driveway, tomorrow; with no taxes to pay on it, and a full tank of gas. Amen.” So, what do you think? Will the Lexus be in the driveway tomorrow? Or will there be some kind of note from God explaining why it isn’t? Or will I have an empty driveway and a lot of silence?

Or maybe it won’t actually be silence, but God will be saying something to me that I might not be hearing? Maybe there’s really a dialogue going on? Let’s switch the image. (more…)

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“My flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink.” (fourth in a series on John chapter 6)

20th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B: Aug. 15-16, 2009
Prov 9:1-6; Ps 34:2-7; Eph 5:15-20; John 6:51-58

In a book published in 1911, the Canadian/American author Ernest Thompson Seton recounted a story that had happened several decades before. Up in the Arctic during the winter a particular band of Algonquin Indians all starved to death—except for one woman and her baby. The woman took her baby and left the camp and set out to reach a place where they could find help. They made it as far as a lake, where she found some equipment, including a fishing line. And there were fish in the lake, but no bait; and they were starving. So the woman took a knife and cut a strip of flesh from her own thigh, and used her own flesh to bait the hook and catch the first fish. And they survived—and the woman always had a scar on her thigh from where she had cut out her own flesh.

It is a striking story, and we immediately grasp what a great love that this woman had for her baby, and what a stunning thing it would be to give your own flesh in order to feed someone you love.

Do we realize that something very like this, and even greater, will happen right here in about 20 minutes? (more…)

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