Surprised by blessing upon blessing

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4th Sunday of Advent, Year C: Dec. 20, 2015
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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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Faith, doubts, and difficulties in the Year of Faith

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A talk given as part of the Lenten Mission Series for the Year of Faith, at St. Mary’s of Piscataway, in Clinton, Md., on Feb. 19, 2013.

Faith is our response to God’s revelation to us:  a personal receptiveness to his personal reaching out. Father Dan explores how we can address doubts that might undercut our faith in general, or difficulties that we might feel about particular teachings of the faith. “Be not unbelieving, but believe!” (more…)

¡Comparte el gozo!

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XXIII Domingo Ordinario, Año B: 9 Septiembre 2012
Is 35, 4-7; Sal 145; St 2, 1-5; Mc 7, 31-37

¿Notaron el gozo que brota de nuestras lecturas de hoy? En la primera lectura, el Señor dice: “Digan a los de corazón apocado: ‘¡Ánimo! No teman. He aquí que su Dios… viene ya para salvarlos.” Y oímos de la sanación y la renovación de los problemas físicos profundos, como la ceguera y la sordera—y ¡el cojo no sólo anda, sino salta! ¡El mudo no sólo habla, sino canta! Brotan aguas; y la tierra seca se convierte en manantial.

El salmo también habla de los prodigios que Dios hace por los ciegos, los hambrientos; por la viuda y el huérfano; por el cautivo y el oprimido y el forastero. Y grita el salmista: “El Señor siempre es fiel a su palabra… (more…)

Share the joy!

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23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B: Sept. 9, 2012
Isa 35:4-7; Ps 146; James 2:1-5; Mark 7:31-37

Did you notice the joy that bursts out of our readings today? In the first reading, the Lord says: “Say to those whose hearts are frightened: Be strong, fear not! Here is your God… he comes to save you.” And as we hear about the healing and renewing of these deep physical disorders, like blindness and deafness—the lame don’t just walk, they leap! And the mute don’t just speak, they sing! Streams burst forth; and burning, thirsty ground becomes springs of water.

The psalm too speaks of the great things that God does for the blind, the hungry; for widows and the fatherless; for captives and the oppressed and strangers. And the psalmist cries: “The God of Jacob keeps faith forever… (more…)

Ven al Pan de la Vida

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XVIII Domingo Ordinario, Año B: 5 Agosto 2012
Ex 16, 2-4.12-15; Sal 77; Ef 4, 17.20-24; Jn 6, 24-35

¿Por qué vienes a Misa esta tarde? Como la muchedumbre en la lectura del Evangelio, cada uno has viajado a este lugar—no por barca, como ellos, sino por coche, o quizá por andar. Y, ¿por qué has venido? ¿Buscas a Jesús, como buscaron ellos? ¿Dónde esperas encontrarlo? Y ¿qué esperas recibir de él?

En la semana pasada, oímos que Jesús alimentó milagrosamente a esta muchedumbre de 5000 hombres, sin contar las mujeres y los niños, con cinco panes y dos pescados, hasta que se saciaron. (more…)

Looking for Jesus

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18th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B: Aug. 5, 2012
Exod 16:2-4, 12-15; Ps 78; Eph 4:17, 20-24; John 6:24-35

What brings you to Mass today? Like the crowd in the Gospel reading, each of you has traveled to this place—not by boat, but mostly by car, perhaps a few on foot. And why have you come? Are you looking for Jesus, as they were? If so, where do you expect to find him? And what do you hope to receive from him?

Last week, we heard about Jesus miraculously feeding this crowd of 5000 men, plus women and children—multiplying five loaves and two fish so that they could all have as much as they wanted. (more…)

Un poder más allá de comprar y vender

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XVII Domingo Ordinario, Año B: 29 Julio 2012
2 Re 4, 42-44; Sal 144; Ef 4, 1-6; Jn 6, 1-15

En todas las Misas de los domingos, las lecturas que oímos de las Sagradas Escrituras vienen del ciclo de tres años del Leccionario. Y en cada año, en el Tiempo Ordinario, oímos de uno de los tres Evangelios Sinópticos: en al Año A, oímos del Evangelio según San Mateo; en Año B, de Marcos; en Año C, de Lucas. Ahora estamos en el medio del Año B, que indica Marcos. Pero, ¿notaste que nuestra lectura del hoy vino del Evangelio según San Juan? Sucede porque el Evangelio según San Marcos es el más corto y así recibimos un pequeño interludio de verano: 5 semanas pasando por capítulo 6 del Evangelio según San Juan. Esas 5 semanas empiezan hoy y durarán en todos los domingos de agosto.

Pero, ¿por qué Juan capítulo 6? (more…)

More than enough

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17th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B: July 29, 2012
2 Kgs 4:42-44; Ps 145; Eph 4:1-6; John 6:1-15

The account of Christ miraculously feeding the 5000 is found in all four Gospels. And after one of these passages was read one Sunday at my last parish, a man came up to me and said, “The Scripture says that there were 5000 men, plus women and children. But it’s obvious that there weren’t any teenagers there.” “Why is that?” I asked. “Because there was food left over!”

The Scripture readings that we hear at each Sunday Mass come from a three-year Lectionary cycle. And each year, during Ordinary Time, we hear from a different one of the three Synoptic Gospels: Year A, Matthew; Year B, Mark; and Year C, Luke. Right now we are in the middle of Year B, which is Mark. But did you notice that our reading today came from the Gospel of John? (more…)

A lamp shining in a dark place

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2nd Sunday of Lent, Year B: March 4, 2012
Gen 22:1-2, 9-13, 15-18; Ps 116; Rom 8:31-34; Mark 9:2-10

Surely the most famous verse in the Bible is John 3:16. Seen on bumper stickers, t-shirts, and banners at televised sporting events, it reads: “For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” It is famous because it encapsulates so much of the Gospel: the immense love of God the Father; shown in his gift of God the Son, Jesus Christ; for the purpose of drawing us to eternal life. (more…)