Does God believe in you?

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2nd Sunday of Lent, Year A: March 16, 2014
Gen 12:1-4; Ps 33; 2 Tim 1:8-10; Matt 17:1-9 (more…)

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¿Dios cree en usted?

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II Domingo de Cuaresma, Año A: 16 Marzo 2014
Gen 12, 1-4; Sal 32; 2 Tim 1, 8-10; Mt 17, 1-9 (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…)

Epifanía: ¡que brille Jesús!

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La Epifanía del Señor: 5 Enero 2014
Is 60, 1-6; Sal 71; Ef 3, 2-3.5-6; Mt 2, 1-12 (more…)

Epiphany: Shine, Jesus, shine!

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Epiphany of the Lord: Jan. 5, 2014
Isa 60:1-6; Ps 72; Eph 3:2-3, 5-6; Matt 2:1-12

The event that we celebrate today is certainly very picturesque. These three exotic figures—the Magi, who we sometimes call the Three Kings or the Wise Men—arrive in Bethlehem. They find the Christ child and kneel down, and they offer him their gifts, which are precious and just as exotic as they are: gold, frankincense, and myrrh. It is a scene that we like to imagine and sing about, and to make into paintings and statues in the Nativity Scene. And in many countries, appropriately, it is this day that has traditionally be the day of giving gifts, in imitation of the Magi giving gifts to the baby Jesus.

But as picturesque as this scene is, there is much more to see. We note that officially we do not call this day “Three Kings Day,” but rather “Epiphany”: a word that is a synonym of “revelation” or “manifestation.” (more…)

Sharing the Good News, here and now!

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14th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C: July 7, 2013
Isa 66:10-14; Ps 66; Gal 6:14-18; Luke 10:1-12, 17-20

What an adventure these 72 disciples of Jesus experienced! What a commission, and what results! Our Gospel reading today comes within the long, gradual journey that our Lord Jesus is making from Galilee to Jerusalem, where he will give his life for us on the cross. And we hear today about how he sent these 72 disciples of his ahead of him to every town and place he intended to visit.

Can you imagine being sent on that mission? Going with one other person to places you had never been; speaking to people you had never met; traveling light, as he instructed; moving fast; knowing that many would reject your message, but just moving on to those who would receive it? (more…)

¡Compartir la Buena Nueva, aquí y ahora!

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XIV Domingo Ordinario, Año C: 7 Julio 2013
Is 66, 10-14; Sal 65; Gal 6, 14-18; Lc 10, 1-12.17-20

¡Qué aventura experimentaron estos 72 discípulos de Jesús! ¡Qué comisión, y qué resultados! Nuestra lectura del Evangelio de hoy aparece dentro de ese viaje largo y gradual que nuestro Señor Jesús hace de Galilea a Jerusalén, donde dará su vida por nosotros en la cruz. Y hoy escuchamos de cómo envió a estos 72 discípulos suyos por delante de él a todos los pueblos y lugares a donde pensaba ir.

¿Puede imaginar ser enviado en esa misión? ¿Ir con una persona a lugares que nunca había estado; hablar con gente que nunca había conocido; viajar con pocas posesiones, como él pidió; mover rápido; saber que muchos rechazarían su mensaje, pero simplemente continuar a los que lo recibirían? (more…)

Discovering that Jesus is God, and that God is three

This is a translation of the Spanish homily I preached.
Most Holy Trinity, Year C: May 26, 2013
Prov 8:22-31; Ps 8; Rom 5:1-5; John 16:12-15

Today we celebrate the truth of the Most Holy Trinity: the great truth that the God we worship is one God in three persons: the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. That God is three, in one way, and is one, in another way: that God is three distinct divine persons, one divine nature, one divine substance.

And we know that this is a distinctively Christian truth. Each Mass begins with the words, “In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” Each person is baptized with the words: “I baptize you in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” (more…)

Descubrir que Jesús es Dios, y que Dios es tres

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La Santísima Trinidad, Año C: 26 Mayo 2013
Pr 8, 22-31; Sal 8; Rom 5, 1-5; Jn 16, 12-15

Hoy celebramos la verdad de la Santísima Trinidad: la gran verdad de que el Dios que adoramos es un solo Dios en tres personas: el Padre, el Hijo y el Espíritu Santo. Que Dios es tres, de una manera, y es uno, de otra manera: que es tres personas divinas distintas, una naturaleza divina, una substancia divina.

Y sabemos que esta es una verdad distintivamente cristiana. Cada Misa comienza con las palabras: “En el nombre del Padre y del Hijo y del Espíritu Santo.” Cada persona es bautizada con las palabras: “Yo te bautizo en el nombre del Padre y del Hijo y del Espíritu Santo.” (more…)