La vida, el amor, y la fiesta de boda en Caná

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II Domingo Ordinario, Año C: 20 Enero, 2013
Is 62, 1-5; Sal 95; 1 Cor 12, 4-11; Jn 2, 1-11

Hubo una boda en Caná, leemos en nuestra lectura del Evangelio de hoy; y, como en nuestras bodas actuales, fue un tiempo de alegría, celebrando el principio del matrimonio de este hombre y esta mujer, novio y novia, ahora marido y mujer. Pero las celebraciones de bodas en la Tierra Santa en el siglo I fueron más largas que las de este país: duraron unos días. Hubo mucho banquetear, mucho gozar.

Pero, en esta boda particular, algo salió mal en la preparación. (more…)

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Life, love, and the wedding feast at Cana

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2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C: Jan. 20, 2013
Isa 62:1-5; Ps 96; 1 Cor 12:4-11; John 2:1-11

There was a wedding at Cana, we hear in our Gospel reading today; and, as in our weddings today, it was a joyful time, celebrating the start of the marriage between this particular young man and young woman, the bridegroom and the bride, now husband and wife. But their wedding celebrations, in the Holy Land in the 1st century, were longer than ours now—they lasted for days. There was much feasting, much rejoicing.

But at this particular wedding, something had gone wrong with the planning. (more…)

Tienes ante ti la vida y la muerte. ¡Escoge la vida!

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III Domingo Ordinario, Año B: 22 Enero 2012
Jon 3, 1-5.10; Sal 24; 1 Cor 7, 29-31; Mc 1, 14-20

El Señor habló a Jonás, y le mandó que vaya a la ciudad de Nínive y predique un mensaje del arrepentimiento. Y Jonás lo hizo.

¡Pero esto pasó en el capítulo 3! Si recuerdes el capítulo 1, el Señor dio a Jonás el mismo mandamiento; y Jonás se negó y se fue en dirección contraria. No fue por el camino al noreste a Nínive, sino al oeste a la costa del mar, para embarcar hasta el punto más oeste que había oído. ¿Por qué? Porque Nínive era la capital de un imperio que cometió atrocidades terribles. Jonás tenía miedo de ellos, con buena razón, y quería que fueran destruidos. Y dijo al Señor: “sabía yo que tú eres un Dios clemente y compasivo, lento para la ira y rico en misericordia, y que te arrepientes del mal.” (Jon 4, 2) (more…)

You have before you life and death. Choose life!

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3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B: Jan. 22, 2012
Jonah 3:1-5, 10; Ps 25; 1 Cor 7:29-31; Mark 1:14-20

The Lord spoke to Jonah, and told him to go to preach a message of repentance to the city of Nineveh. And Jonah went.

But that’s chapter 3! If you remember back to chapter 1, the Lord gives Jonah the same message; and Jonah said, “Nothing doing,” and went in the opposite direction. Instead of going northeast over land to Nineveh, he went west to the sea coast and boarded a ship going as far west as he had ever heard of. Why? Because Nineveh was the capital of an empire that regularly committed terrible atrocities. Jonah was afraid of them, with good reason, and wanted them destroyed. And he tells the Lord: “I knew that you are a gracious and merciful God, slow to anger, rich in clemency, loathe to punish.” (Jonah 4:2) (more…)

Shining a light in the darkness of abortion

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3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A: January 23, 2011
Isa 8:23–9:3; Ps 27; 1 Cor 1:10-13, 17; Matt 4:12-23

“The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light.” The original context of these words from the prophet Isaiah was a mass deportation by the Assyrian Empire in the 8th century B.C. The land of the tribes of Zebulun and Naphtali was near the northern end of the Holy Land, alongside the Sea of Galilee. And when the Assyrian Empire conquered the northern Kingdom of Israel in 722, these lands were the first to have the Jewish people forcibly deported and resettled far away, and foreign peoples brought in to live there. They were the first to suffer in this way. And how fitting that these lands should also be the first to receive the blessing of feeling the footsteps of Jesus; of hearing his message of hope; of witnessing his healing miracles, and receiving his call. (more…)

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Una luz brilla en las tinieblas del aborto

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III Domingo Ordinario, Año A: 23 Enero 2011
Isa 8, 23–9, 3; Sal 26; 1 Cor 1, 10-13.17; Mat 4, 12-23

“El pueblo que caminaba en tinieblas vio una gran luz.” Originalmente, estas palabras del profeta Isaías refirieron a un hecho del imperio Asirio en el siglo VIII antes de Cristo. La gente del los tribus de Zabulón y de Neftalí, que vivían en el parte más al norte de la Tierra Santa, fue deportado de su tierra por el imperio, hasta partes desconocidas; y extranjeros traídos en su lugar. Ellos fueron los primeros del Pueblo que así sufrieron. Y que bien que esta tierra sea la primera en la cual Jesucristo andaba, y predicaba su mensaje de la esperanza, y sanaba milagrosamente. (more…)

The sign at Cana and healing after abortion

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2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C: Jan. 17, 2010
Isa 62:1-5; Ps 96:1-3, 7-10; 1 Cor 12:4-11; John 2:1-11

Planning a wedding reception has never been an easy task—not in the 21st century, and apparently not in the first century, in the Holy Land. Last spring, I was planning the reception after my priestly ordination, and in that way I got a taste of just what a bride and a groom face in that task. And I was keeping it as simple as I could! But it is such a challenge, as you figure out: how can you plan the most joyful celebration possible for friends and family, while you are working with limited time and limited resources? So you strategize; and it’s hard, and it’s time-consuming to keep track of all those people and all those details. And there always might be some unexpected surprise that might mess up your plans.

Now the weddings held in the first century in the Holy Land were a little different. (more…)

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