Christ is born—in the good, the bad, and the ugly

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The Nativity of the Lord (Christmas): Dec. 24, 2015
Vigil Mass

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Not a threat: Christ enables us to share in his kingship

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Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe, Year B:
Nov. 22, 2015

Dan 7:13-14; Ps 93; Rev 1:5-8; John 18:33-37

In our Gospel reading, Pontius Pilate had a question for Jesus: “Are you the King of the Jews?”

It is the morning of Good Friday, and the Jewish leaders in Jerusalem have brought Jesus to Pilate, the Roman governor, with the accusation that Jesus has claimed this title of king for himself. To Pilate, anyone who calls himself a king is fighting against the Roman government: declaring that he has rightful authority and not them, that others need to follow him and not them. In Pilate’s ears, the word “king” means a subversive rebel leader who must be stopped immediately. And Pilate asks: “Is that what you are? A king?” (more…)

What kind of king is Jesus?

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Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe, Year B: Nov. 25, 2012
Dan 7:13-14; Ps 93; Rev 1:5-8; John 18:33-37

In our Gospel reading today, it is the morning of Good Friday. Jesus had been captured and questioned during the night by the Jewish authorities—but, because they are not authorized to carry out the death penalty, they have brought him to the Roman governor, Pontius Pilate, seeking his execution. And so we hear Pilate’s initial questioning of Jesus.

He begins by asking, “Are you the king of the Jews?” And do you notice that Jesus does not answer this question directly? Instead, he asks Pilate a question: “Do you say this on your own or have others told you about me?” Who is questioning, and who is being questioned, has been reversed. Now it is Jesus examining Pilate: his heart, his thoughts, his intentions, his identity. How ready is Pilate to accept Jesus as king? (more…)

Cristo, el Rey que hemos esperado

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Nuestro Señor Jesucristo, Rey del Universo, Año A:
20 Noviembre 2011

Ez 34, 11-12.15-17; Sal 22; 1 Cor 15, 20-26.28; Mt 25, 31-46

Cada año, la Iglesia nos da la Solemnidad de Nuestro Señor Jesucristo, Rey del Universo, como el último domingo del año litúrgico. Y es conveniente, como escribió el Papa Pio XI (undécimo) cuando la instituyó en el año 1925, “pues así sucederá que los misterios de la vida de Cristo, conmemorados en el transcurso del año, terminen y reciban coronamiento en esta solemnidad.” (Quas primas, 31)

Y también, por instituir esta fiesta, esperó cambiar algo que estaba sucediendo en su tiempo—que mucha gente excluía a Cristo y su ley de la vida pública y la vida privada—que también pasa actualmente. (more…)

Christ baptizes in the Holy Spirit

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2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A: Jan.15-16, 2011
Isa 49:3, 5-6; Ps 40; 1 Cor 1:1-3; John 1:29-34

John the Baptist was a dramatic figure. He was out in the desert; and he wore clothing made of camel’s hair and a leather belt around his waist. His food was locusts and wild honey. He preached repentance to prepare for the coming Messiah, and he baptized with water those who responded to his message. And he drew quite a crowd. St. Matthew tells us [3:4-5]: At that time Jerusalem, all Judea, and the whole region around the Jordan were going out to him.

And in our Gospel reading today, with a crowd of people around him, John is pointing at a man who is coming toward them. (more…)

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