The sign says: Jesus miraculously meets your needs

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17th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B: July 26, 2015
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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…)

No los dejaré huérfanos

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VI Domingo de Pascua, Año A: 25 Mayo 2014
Hch 8, 5-8.14-17; Sal 65; 1 Pe 3, 15-18; Jn 14, 15-21 (more…)

I will not leave you orphans

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6th Sunday of Easter, Year A: May 25, 2014
Acts 8:5-8, 14-17; Ps 66; 1 Pet 3:15-18; John 14:15-21

There’s something interesting that we should notice in our first reading, from the Book of Acts, especially during this season when so many of our students are receiving confirmation. And that is a clear, very early, example of the sacrament of confirmation—though it is not named as such.

In Acts chapter 8, it is only about 3-5 years after the Day of Pentecost: very early in the Church’s history. And Philip—not the apostle Philip, but one of the seven deacons (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…)

Palm Sunday: Responding to the passionate love of Christ

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Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord, Year C:
March 24, 2013

At the Procession with Palms
Luke 19:28-40

For all the mighty deeds they had seen… his disciples began to praise God aloud with joy.

For some three years, Jesus’ disciples had traveled with him. They had listened to his wise and powerful words; they had seen his miraculous deeds, healing and feeding and freeing; they had experienced his love, for them and for others.

And now they saw him approaching Jerusalem as a benevolent king. (more…)

Domingo de Ramos: La Pasión de Jesús y la respuesta de la fe

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Domingo de Ramos, Año C: 24 Marzo 2013
Is 50, 4-7; Sal 21; Flp 2, 6-11; Lc 22, 14—23, 56

La cuenta de la Pasión y la muerte de nuestro Señor Jesucristo siempre nos afecta profundamente. Es una historia conocida: conocemos a las varias personas y eventos, sus palabras y acciones. Pero lo conocemos aún más profundamente, porque reconocemos sus elementos dentro de nuestras propias vidas; y por eso resulta más notable por ser más familiar: la interacción del amor y el odio, de la verdad y la mentira, de la avaricia y el poder y el sufrimiento, del miedo y pérdida y dolor; de la generosidad y la fidelidad, de la traición y la muerte.

En el centro de todo esto es nuestro Señor Jesucristo, que ama con toda la fuerza de su Sagrado Corazón. (more…)

Corpus Christi: La sangre de la alianza nueva

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El Cuerpo y la Sangre de Cristo, Año B: 10 Junio 2012
Ex 24, 3-8; Sal 115; Heb 9, 11-15; Mc 14, 12-16.22-26

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Hoy celebramos la solemnidad del Cuerpo y de la Sangre de Cristo. Su propio día fue el jueves anterior—exactamente 9 semanas después del Jueves Santo, cuando celebramos la institución por Cristo de la Eucaristía—pero en este país actualmente celebramos Corpus Christi hoy, en el domingo. Celebramos el don milagroso que, en la santa Misa, nuestro Señor transforma el pan y el vino en su propio Cuerpo y Sangre: para hacer presente su único sacrificio perfecto; para alimentar a sus fieles por sí mismo; y para hacerse presente con nosotros siempre, mientras que viajemos por esta vida. (more…)

Corpus Christi: The blood of the new covenant

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Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, Year B:
June 10, 2012

Exod 24:3-8; Ps 116; Heb 9:11-15; Mark 14:12-16, 22-26

Introduction
Today we celebrate the feast of Corpus Christi: the feast of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ. Traditionally, it comes this past Thursday—exactly 9 weeks after Holy Thursday, when Christ first instituted the Eucharist. From then on, in that sacrament—in the Mass—our Lord changes bread and wine into his own Body and Blood, to make present his one perfect sacrifice; to nourish the faithful with himself; and to make himself present to us always, as we journey through life.

One traditional practice of Corpus Christi is the Eucharistic procession. As Pope John Paul II urged eight years ago, “our faith” in our Lord who gives himself to us in this way “needs to be everywhere proclaimed, especially in our streets and homes, as an expression of our grateful love and as an inexhaustible source of blessings.” (more…)