Shame, two sons, and the sacrament of joy

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4th Sunday of Lent, Year C: March 6, 2016
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The joy of the Prodigal Father

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4th Sunday of Lent, Year C: March 10, 2013
Josh 5:9-12; Ps 34; 2 Cor 5:17-21; Luke 15:1-3, 11-32

Where is the most joyful place on earth? On this Laetare Sunday, nicknamed for rejoicing, where might we find joy? Where would we look for it? Where do we expect it most? …I’ll come back to that question.

In our Gospel reading today, we hear one of our Lord Jesus’ most famous parables—which is often called the Parable of the Prodigal Son. Now “prodigal” is one of those words we don’t use a lot in English today, except when we are speaking about this very parable; and so, for that reason, the word has partly changed meaning, so that some speak of a prodigal as “one who has returned after an absence.” But that isn’t the original meaning of the word, which instead means one who spends lavishly or wastefully. And so this parable takes its name from the way that the younger son lavishly spent all of his inheritance while away in the distant country: the prodigal son. (more…)

Darkness, blindness, sin, and the light of Christ

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4th Sunday of Lent, Year A: April 3, 2011
1 Sam 16:1, 6-7, 10-13; Ps 23; Eph 5:8-14; John 9:1-41

You were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. What a great sentence! And what a cause for joy, on this Laetare Sunday when we rejoice as we remember the joyful purpose and goal for which we engage in Lenten penance: to attain to the resurrection and reach heavenly glory.

You were once darkness—and what does someone who is darkness look like? What did you look like when you were darkness? Well, first of all, you looked like a newborn baby. That’s what you looked like when you were darkness.

But how can that be? So little and cute and precious? (more…)

La sanación del ciego de nacimiento y el regalo del bautismo

IV Domingo de Cuaresma, Año A: 14 Marzo 2010
1 Sam 16:1, 6-7, 10-13; Sal 23:1-6; Ef 5:8-14; Juan 9:1-41

Esta homilía escribí para una Misa celebrada especialmente para el bautismo de ocho niños. Las pilas en mi grabadora se vaciaron en el medio de la homilía; por eso, no tengo una mp3.

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Todos los años, en el tiempo de la Cuaresma, se preparan unos adultos para recibir el bautismo en la Vigilia de la Pascua. Y la santa Iglesia leemos juntos, en tres domingos, tres historias del evangelio según San Juan que los ayudan prepararse: primero, en la semana pasada, la historia de Jesús y la mujer Samaritana; tercero, en la semana que viene, la de Jesús y San Lázaro; y segundo, hoy, la historia de Jesús y el ciego de nacimiento. Y ésta es una buena lectura para ustedes también, pues estos niños—ustedes mismos, sus hijos, sus hermanos, sus familiares y amigos—recibirán el bautismo dentro de unos minutos. (more…)

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