Jesus asks the impossible—and then enables us to do it

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13th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C: June 26, 2016
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Always with us, as food for the journey

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Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi),
Year A: June 22, 2014

Deut 8:2-3, 14-16; Ps 147; 1 Cor 10:16-17; John 6:51-58

9 weeks ago, we were celebrating the Paschal Triduum of Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter Sunday.

  • We recalled the original Passover and Exodus from Egypt, some 1400 years earlier, when the Lord rescued the People of Israel from slavery in Egypt. This was accomplished partly through the sacrifice of the Passover Lamb, and also through the parting of the Red Sea, so that they could pass through on dry land. And so they were rescued from Egypt and set on their way to the Promised Land.
  • And so we celebrated the fulfillment of this foreshadowing in our Lord Jesus Christ, who is the true Passover Lamb. For by giving himself in sacrifice, he set us free not merely from earthly slavery, but from Satan and sin and death. And he passed through, not merely an earthly sea, but death itself, to open the transformed life of the Resurrection. Thus we have been saved and set on our way to the New Heavens and the New Earth.

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Siempre con nosotros, como comida para el viaje

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El Cuerpo y la Sangre de Cristo, Año A: 22 Junio 2014
Dt 8, 2-3.14-16; Sal 147; 1 Cor 10, 16-17; Jn 6, 51-58 (more…)

Continuar el viaje

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III Domingo de Cuaresma, Año C: 3 Marzo 2013
Ex 3, 1-8.13-15; Sal 102; 1 Cor 10, 1-6.10-12; Lc 13, 1-9

En el jueves pasado, nuestro Santo Padre Benedicto XVI realizó su renunciación de su ministerio como sucesor de San Pedro. Porque, como declaró unas dos semanas y media anteriormente, había discernido que ahora no tiene el “vigor tanto del cuerpo como del espíritu” que la Iglesia de Cristo necesita en su Papa “en el mundo de hoy… para gobernar la barca de san Pedro y anunciar el Evangelio.” Y por eso Benedicto ha abierto la Santa Sede para un nuevo Papa, de tal vigor para guiarnos bien en nuestro viaje por este mundo. Y oramos por el colegio de Cardenales mientras que se preparan para elegir este Papa.

Pero en las últimas horas antes de la hora efectiva de su renunciación, Benedicto, que ahora es “Papa Emérito,” nos dijo: “Ya no soy Sumo Pontífice de la Iglesia Católica… Soy simplemente un peregrino que empieza la última etapa de su peregrinación en esta tierra.” (more…)

This Christmas, pause to reflect

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The Nativity of the Lord (Christmas): Dec. 25, 2012
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Isa 52:7-10; Ps 98:1-6; Heb 1:1-6; John 1:1-5, 9-14

There is a man who tells the story of when he was growing up, many years ago. His mother played the piano at their church, for over thirty years; and she tried to teach him to play the piano as well. He wasn’t very good at it, or very interested, but she tried. She taught him about scales, and major and minor keys. And one day she told him that the best news in the world could be found by playing a simple scale on the piano. What could she possibly mean? She told him to play an 8-note scale. He did. No, she said, you played it wrong; you need to play it from high to low. So he did. How was that good news? Well, she said, you played it right, but you left out the pauses: (more…)

Faith enough to take the next step with Christ

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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 different ways, we hear today about the theme of making a journey: about being called to begin a journey, and about continuing on it. And this relates to our own journey: having been called by Christ and walking with him through life, something we focus upon especially during Lent.

In our first reading, Abraham is about to begin a journey. He knows what he is leaving behind—his country, his relatives, his father’s house—but he doesn’t know where he is going. (more…)