Tienes ante ti la vida y la muerte. ¡Escoge la vida!

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III Domingo Ordinario, Año B: 22 Enero 2012
Jon 3, 1-5.10; Sal 24; 1 Cor 7, 29-31; Mc 1, 14-20

El Señor habló a Jonás, y le mandó que vaya a la ciudad de Nínive y predique un mensaje del arrepentimiento. Y Jonás lo hizo.

¡Pero esto pasó en el capítulo 3! Si recuerdes el capítulo 1, el Señor dio a Jonás el mismo mandamiento; y Jonás se negó y se fue en dirección contraria. No fue por el camino al noreste a Nínive, sino al oeste a la costa del mar, para embarcar hasta el punto más oeste que había oído. ¿Por qué? Porque Nínive era la capital de un imperio que cometió atrocidades terribles. Jonás tenía miedo de ellos, con buena razón, y quería que fueran destruidos. Y dijo al Señor: “sabía yo que tú eres un Dios clemente y compasivo, lento para la ira y rico en misericordia, y que te arrepientes del mal.” (Jon 4, 2) (more…)

You have before you life and death. Choose life!

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3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B: Jan. 22, 2012
Jonah 3:1-5, 10; Ps 25; 1 Cor 7:29-31; Mark 1:14-20

The Lord spoke to Jonah, and told him to go to preach a message of repentance to the city of Nineveh. And Jonah went.

But that’s chapter 3! If you remember back to chapter 1, the Lord gives Jonah the same message; and Jonah said, “Nothing doing,” and went in the opposite direction. Instead of going northeast over land to Nineveh, he went west to the sea coast and boarded a ship going as far west as he had ever heard of. Why? Because Nineveh was the capital of an empire that regularly committed terrible atrocities. Jonah was afraid of them, with good reason, and wanted them destroyed. And he tells the Lord: “I knew that you are a gracious and merciful God, slow to anger, rich in clemency, loathe to punish.” (Jonah 4:2) (more…)

Check the compass of your heart

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2nd Sunday of Lent, Year A: March 20, 2011
Gen 12:1-4; Ps 33; 2 Tim 1:8-10; Matt 17:1-9

In our first reading today, we hear the beginning of the story of Abraham. Just a few verses earlier, we heard his name, and who his father was, who his wife was, where he lived. But the story really begins when the Lord speaks to him and says: “Go forth from your country, and from your relatives and from your father’s house, to the land that I will show you.” And so Abraham set out for a land he did not know.

And isn’t that a lot like so many of us, who also have moved far from where we were born and where our relatives live? Aren’t we a lot like Abraham?

But we should not be too quick to say Yes to that. Because there is another story we know of someone who makes a journey after the Lord speaks to him: the prophet Jonah. (more…)