Do not pass me by

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16th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C: July 21, 2013
Gen 18:1-10; Ps 15; Col 1:24-28; Luke 10:38-42

The scene in our first reading is memorable. Abraham and his household are camped near Hebron, some 20 miles to the south of present-day Jerusalem in the Holy Land. It was a hot day, and perhaps Abraham was dozing as he sat in the entrance of his tent during the heat of the day. Then, suddenly, he looked up and saw three men. He sprang into action. Offering hospitality was an incredibly important duty in his culture—far more so than in ours—and he hurried to do so—he ran to greet them. And he begged them: Please do not pass your servant by. (more…)

La semilla crece: su Reino, en su ritmo

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XI Domingo Ordinario, Año B: 17 Junio 2012
Ez 17, 22-24; Sal 91; 2 Cor 5, 6-10; Mc 4, 26-34

“¿Con qué compararemos el Reino de Dios?” pregunta nuestro Señor Jesucristo. Y nos cuenta dos parábolas en nuestra lectura del Evangelio, ambos comparando el Reino de Dios con el crecimiento de semillas.

En la segunda parábola, el foco es cuán grande es el crecimiento de la semilla—grande y quizá sorprendente. La semilla de mostaza es muy pequeña en el principio—sólo 1 o 2 milímetros—pero crece hasta un arbusto que puede ser de casi 3 metros en altura. Y así es el Reino de Dio, nos dice nuestro Señor: aunque empiece pequeñito e insignificante—en el mundo, o en una vida individual—crecerá hasta hacerse muy grande. (more…)

The seed grows: his Kingdom, in his time

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11th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B: June 17, 2012
Ezek 17:22-24; Ps 92; 2 Cor 5:6-10; Mark 4:26-34

“To what shall we compare the kingdom of God?” our Lord Jesus asks. And we hear two parables from him in our Gospel reading today, both comparing the Kingdom of God to the growth of seeds.

In the second parable, the lesson is the great and perhaps surprising growth of that seed. The mustard seed starts very small—about 1/20 of an inch, or 1 or 2 mm in size—but it grows into a bush that can be 9 feet tall, depending on the variety. And so it is with the Kingdom of God, Jesus tells us: no matter how tiny and insignificant its beginnings might seem—in the world, or in an individual person’s life—it will grow to be very large indeed. (more…)

Lowering the barriers to Life

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5th Sunday of Lent, Year A: March 25, 2012
Ezek 37:12-14; Ps 130; Rom 8:8-11; John 11:1-45

Today is the third of three Sunday Masses in which those who are preparing for baptism at the Easter Vigil have been receiving the “Scrutinies.” And so, by design, the Gospel readings at these three Masses are stories in which our Lord Jesus has three key encounters with different persons. In these encounters, he reveals to them something about who they are—especially what has limited them, weighed them down, held them back; and about their unmet needs. And he reveals something about himself: who he is, what he can do, what he wants to do for them and for us. And so our Lord Jesus himself, though his Gospel, scrutinizes the hearts of these elect preparing for baptism; and, indeed, the hearts of each of us. (more…)

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