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…)

El Cordero de Dios y el apoyo compasivo por la vida

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II Domingo Ordinario, Año A: 19 Enero 2014
Is 49, 3.5-6; Sal 39; 1 Cor 1, 1-3; Jn 1, 29-34 (more…)

The Lamb of God and merciful support for life

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2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A: Jan. 19, 2014
Isa 49:3, 5-6; Ps 40; 1 Cor 1:1-3; John 1:29-34 (more…)

En la humildad, liberado y fundado

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XXII Domingo Ordinario, Año C: 1 Septiembre 2013
Sir 3, 19-21.30-31; Sal 67; Heb 12, 18-19.22-24; Lc 14, 1.7-14

En las lecturas de hoy, se nos insta a tener humildad y humillarnos. Pero, ¿qué significa esto?

  • ¿Significa la humildad no hacer nada para aprender más, u obtener un buen trabajo, o mejorar nuestra condición de vida? No.
  • ¿Significa la humildad decir falsamente que no valemos nada, que no tenemos buenas cualidades o talentos o habilidades? No.
  • ¿Significa la humildad pasivamente dejar que la falsedad o el mal nos aplasten, y nunca hablar o actuar por la verdad y la bondad? No. (more…)

Humbly receptive at the great banquet

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22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C: Sept. 1, 2013
Sir 3:17-18, 20, 28-29; Ps 68; Heb 12:18-19, 22-24; Luke 14:1, 7-14

In our Gospel reading today, we hear our Lord Jesus advise: “When you are invited to a wedding banquet, go and take the lowest place so that when the host comes to you he may say, ‘My friend, move up to a higher position.'” Now, as literal advice, taking the lowest place with that goal wouldn’t be real humility at all; it would be a manipulative fraud. But we know that our Lord Jesus is telling a parable here, and sometimes when he does so he exaggerates the everyday details of the story in order to make his point.

But imagine for a moment that you did take the advice literally; that you took the lowest place in the banquet; and no one noticed. (more…)

Conflictos entre grupos, y el Buen Pastor

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IV Domingo de Pascua, Año C: 21 Abril 2013
Hch 13, 14.43-52; Sal 99; Ap 7, 9.14-17; Jn 10, 27-30

¡Yo tengo un sueño! Bueno, en realidad, es mejor decir que tengo una visión. Y es la visión que San Juan tenía hace tantos siglos, que hemos oído en la segunda lectura:

Yo, Juan, vi una muchedumbre tan grande, que nadie podía contarla. Eran individuos de todas las naciones y razas, do todos los pueblos y lenguas. Todos estaban de pie, delante del trono y del Cordero; iban vestidos con una túnica blanca; llevaban palmas en las manos y exclamaban con voz poderosa: “¡La salvación viene de nuestro Dios, que está sentado en el trono, y del Cordero!”

Es una imagen gloriosa, ¿no? Es lo que anhelamos, ¿no?—esta paz, esta armonía y amor entre todas las personas—y que sentimos debe de ser posible, de alguna manera. Y quizá lo anhelamos aún más durante un tiempo como la semana pasada, cuando las noticias nos han recordado otra vez de las divisiones y luchas entre los pueblos. (more…)

The Boston bombing and the Good Shepherd

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4th Sunday of Easter, Year C: April 21, 2013
Acts 13:14, 43-52; Ps 100; Rev 7: 9, 14-17; John 10:27-30

I have a dream! Well, actually, it’s more of a vision. It’s the vision that St. John had so many centuries ago, which we heard in the second reading:

I, John, had a vision of a great multitude, which no one could count, from every nation, race, people, and tongue. They stood before the throne and before the Lamb, wearing white robes and holding palm branches in their hands. They cried out in a loud voice: “Salvation comes from our God, who is seated on the throne, and from the Lamb.”

Isn’t this a glorious picture? Isn’t this what we long for—this peace, this harmony and love between all people—and that we sense must be possible somehow? And perhaps we long for it all the more during a time like this past week, when the news has so often reminded us again of the divisions and struggles between peoples. (more…)

Holy Thursday: the Lamb of God rescues us and makes us his own

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Holy Thursday: March 28, 2013
Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper

Exod 12:1-8, 11-14; Ps 116; 1 Cor 11:23-26; John 13:1-15

Tonight we celebrate the Mass of the Lord’s Supper. This occurred in the midst of the yearly Jewish celebration of Passover in Jerusalem. This past Sunday we heard from the Gospel of Luke: “When the hour came, he took his place at table with the apostles. He said to them, ‘I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer…'” (Luke 22:14-15) And so let us remember what this Passover celebration was; for our Lord Jesus then took it and raised it to a whole new level in himself. (more…)

Uniting heaven and earth

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8th in a series of short homilies on the Mass

When we come to Mass, where are we? And who is with us? This would seem like an obvious answer, right? We are in Bethesda; and we can look around to see the others, all 15 of them. But it’s actually not that simple.

In this series of homilies, we have considered how Jesus Christ is the great, eternal high priest, bringing God and man together in a way that no one else ever could; and how he offered himself as the one perfect sacrifice, infinitely pleasing to the Father. Because of who he is—true God and true man—and because of what he is doing—saving the entire cosmos—his act of sacrifice, which certainly occurred at a particular time and place, nevertheless resides outside of time; and it is accessible from all times and all places. (more…)