Mother Teresa, and the cost and glory of following Christ

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23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C: Sept. 4, 2016
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Source and Summit

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12th in a series of short homilies on the Mass

The Mass is an amazing thing, like nothing else in the world. So you have come, and stood heart to heart with other faithful, joining all the angels and saints, and leading the entire universe. You have encountered Christ made truly present—the eternal high priest offering the one perfect sacrifice. You have united yourself with him, offering yourself also, and entered the heart of the Trinity.

Now what?

No matter how wonderful it is, the Mass, like this homily series, has to come to an end sometime. (more…)

Ama a Dios y a tu prójimo con un amor verdadero

¡Resultó que otro sacerdote estaba prevista para celebrar la Misa! Y por esto no hay mp3 de esta homilía.
XXX Domingo Ordinario, Año A: 23 Octubre 2011
Ex 22, 20-26; Sal 17; 1 Tes 1, 5-10; Mt 22,34-40

Los dos mandamientos más grandes, el primero y el segundo, van juntos. Amar al Señor, nuestro Dios, y amar a nuestro prójimo: van juntos.

San Juan nos escribió en su primera carta (4, 20-21):

Si alguno dice: “Amo a Dios” y aborrece a su hermano, a quien ve, no puede amar a Dios, a quien no ve. Además, Jesús nos ha dado este mandamiento: El que ama a Dios, que ame también a su hermano.

Porque ¿cómo podría alguien amar a Dios, mientras que aborrece al que Dios ama? (more…)

Love God with all your heart

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30th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A: Oct. 23, 2011
Exod 22:20-26; Ps 18; 1 Thess 1:5-10; Matt 22:34-40

“Which commandment in the law is the greatest?” they ask Jesus. By a few centuries later, the rabbis would state in the Talmud that there were 613 commandments—both the negative prohibitions of what not to do and the positive commands of what to do. Which of these is the greatest? And Jesus’ answer is not just the top commandment out of 613, but that upon which the whole law and the prophets depend: the root, the organizing, pervading principle of them all.

And it is love.

It is love: not just a series of tasks to be fulfilled and sins to be avoided. It is love: not the Nirvana sought by Buddhism, (more…)