Be vigilant, be hopeful, be prepared!

Listen to mp3 file (11:45)
1st Sunday of Advent, Year C: Nov. 29, 2015
Jer 33:14-16; Ps 25; 1 Thess 3:12–4:2; Luke 21:25-28, 34-36

Today we begin the new Church Year. And we know that the two greatest feast days of the year—the two poles on which the whole year hangs—are Christmas and Easter. Christmas, which celebrates the Incarnation of our Lord Jesus—that God the Son took on human nature, and became man—and was born for us, a baby in Bethlehem; and Easter, which celebrates his passion, death, and resurrection:  all of this to save us! And we celebrate these two feasts not only as single days but as the beginnings of the Christmas season and Easter season; and in both cases we prepare for them with special seasons of preparation. (more…)

Advertisements

¡Despierte y prepárese para el Adviento del Señor!

Sólo audio: Escucha mp3 (Largo: 16:34)
I Domingo de Adviento, Año A: 1 Diciembre 2013
Is 2, 1-5; Sal 121; Rom 13, 11-14; Mt 24, 37-44 (more…)

Wake up and get ready for the Advent of the Lord!

Listen to mp3 file
1st Sunday of Advent, Year A: Dec. 1, 2013
Isa 2:1-5; Ps 122; Rom 13:11-14; Matt 24:37-44

A few weeks ago, I was visiting one of our classes in the school; and in their religion textbook they were beginning a chapter entitled “Christ Will Come Again.” It was a chapter that presented to them this truth that we believe and that we profess each week: that Jesus will come again in glory; that we look forward to his Second Coming.

And this is the primary focus of Advent. The word “Advent” itself comes from the Latin for coming or arrival: it is Jesus’ coming, his Second Coming, that we called to look forward to, and to prepare for. (more…)

Las tribulaciones de esta vida, en la cronología de la Resurrección

Escucha mp3
V Domingo de Pascua, Año C: 28 Abril 2013
Hch 14, 21-27; Sal 144; Ap 21, 1-5; Jn 13, 31-35

Hace cuatro semanas, en el domingo de Pascua, celebramos la resurrección de nuestro Señor Jesucristo de entre los muertos. Porque, después de su pasión y crucifixión y muerte y sepultura, al tercer día resucitó de entre los muertos, gloriosamente vivo, su cuerpo transformado. Ese fue el principio de la Resurrección, porque el Señor Jesús fue las primicias de ella—el principio de la cronología de la Resurrección.

Y hoy, en el quinto domingo de Pascua, vemos una visión del cumplimiento de esa cronología. (more…)

The hardships of this life, within the timeline of the Resurrection

Listen to mp3 file
5th Sunday of Easter, Year C: April 28, 2013
Acts 14:21-27; Ps 145; Rev 21:1-5; John 13:31-35

Four weeks ago, on Easter Sunday, we celebrated the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ from the dead. For, after his passion and crucifixion and death and burial, on the third day he was raised from the dead, gloriously alive, his body transformed. That was the beginning: for our Lord Jesus was the firstfruits of the Resurrection.

And today, on the 5th Sunday of Easter, we catch a glimpse of the fulfillment of the Resurrection. (more…)

In darkness, choosing the path to joy

Listen to mp3 file
3rd Sunday of Advent, Year C: Dec. 16, 2012
Zeph 3:14-18; Isa 12; Phil 4:4-7; Luke 3:10-18

We hear St. Paul say in our second reading, “Rejoice in the Lord always. I shall say it again: rejoice!” Rejoice: Gaudete! It is from this verse that this Gaudete Sunday takes its name. But how should we take these words of his? Is this just superficial, like glitter or tinsel or wearing rose-colored vestments? Is St. Paul just an overly cheerful person, a Pollyanna?

No, St. Paul is writing this letter from prison! He is probably imprisoned in Rome and is awaiting trial; he doesn’t know whether he might be executed. (more…)

Un Adviento hermoso y transformativo

Eschucha mp3
I Domingo de Adviento, Año C: 2 Diciembre 2012
Jr 33, 14-16; Sal 24; 1 Tes 3, 12—4, 2; Lc 21, 25-28.34-36

Cuando leemos los libros de los profetas en el Antiguo Testamento, antes de la venida de Cristo, vemos muchas referencias al “Día del Señor.” Y, por la referencia primera, en el libro del profeta Amós, podemos discernir que ya hubo una esperanza popular de que, cuando llegara ese día, sería un día de bendiciones para ellos, un día de luz, un día de recompensas. Y respondió Amós: “¡Ay de los que desean el día del Señor! ¿Para qué quieren este día del Señor? Será de tinieblas y no de luz.” (Am 5, 18)

Y, por los profetas, fue revelado que el Día del Señor tendrá dos aspectos: castigo para los pecadores, y salvación para los justos. Y oímos esto también de nuestro Señor Jesús, en la lectura del Evangelio de hoy, cuando habla de su Segunda Venida. (more…)

Advent: Be vigilant, be prepared, live in expectation!

Listen to mp3 file
1st Sunday of Advent, Year C: Dec. 2, 2012
Jer 33:14-16; Ps 25; 1 Thess 3:12–4:2; Luke 21:25-28, 34-36

When we read in the books of the prophets in the Old Testament, before the coming of Christ, we find many references to the “Day of the Lord.” Indeed, from the very first reference, in the book of the prophet Amos, we can tell that there was already a popular expectation among the people that, when this day came, it would be a positive day of blessing for them, a day of light, a day when the Lord would make everything good for his People. And Amos responded: “Woe to those who yearn for the day of the Lord! What will this day of the Lord mean for you? Darkness and not light!” (Amos 5:18ff)

And what we then see unfolded more clearly by the prophets is the understanding that the Day of Lord will have two sides to it: punishment for sinners, and salvation for the righteous. And this is what we also hear in the words of our Lord Jesus in today’s Gospel reading, about his Second Coming. (more…)

Witnesses to joy

Listen to mp3 file
33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B: Nov. 18, 2012
Dan 12:1-3; Ps 16; Heb 10:11-14, 18; Mark 13:24-32

For the Secular Discalced Carmelites (OCDS) at their semiannual Profession Mass.

As we approach the end of this liturgical year, our Gospel reading today comes from the 13th chapter of the Gospel according to Mark—a chapter sometimes known as the “Little Apocalypse,” for in it our Lord Jesus prepares his disciples for what would be coming. Some of it would be coming just 40 years later, when Jerusalem would be conquered and the Temple destroyed by the Roman Empire, while some of the generation of his time were still living. Some would come beyond that, in the future; indeed, even now it has yet to come. (more…)

Rejoice! Jesus is coming soon!

Listen to mp3 file
33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B: Nov. 18, 2012
Dan 12:1-3; Ps 16; Heb 10:11-14, 18; Mark 13:24-32

At this time of year, the days are getting darker, the weather is getting colder; and our liturgical year is coming to its end. Today is the second-last Sunday of the liturgical year, and the last one in which we will hear from the Gospel according to Mark in this Year B of the lectionary cycle. And today we hear a portion of Chapter 13 of that Gospel, in which Jesus is telling his disciples what to expect in the future—so that this chapter is sometimes known as the “Little Apocalypse.”

And we notice that he cautions them: “Of that day or hour, no one knows.” (more…)