Come, Holy Spirit!

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Pentecost Sunday, Year C: May 15 2016
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Into the dark waters—and out, into resplendent life!

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Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of the Lord
At the Easter Vigil in the Holy Night: March 26, 2016

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The economics of the Kingdom of God

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32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B: Nov. 8, 2015
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Vengan al agua

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Domingo de Pascua: 20 Abril 2014
Vigilia Pascual

Gen 1, 1—2, 2; Sal 103; Ex 14, 15—15, 1; Exod 15; Is 55, 1-11; Is 12; Ez 36, 16-28; Sal 41.42; Rom 6, 3-11; Mt 28, 1-10 (more…)

The Passover meal of the Lamb of God

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Holy Thursday: April 17, 2014
Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper

Exod 12:1-8, 11-14; Ps 116; 1 Cor 11:23-26; John 13:1-15 (more…)

Holy Thursday: the Lamb of God rescues us and makes us his own

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Holy Thursday: March 28, 2013
Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper

Exod 12:1-8, 11-14; Ps 116; 1 Cor 11:23-26; John 13:1-15

Tonight we celebrate the Mass of the Lord’s Supper. This occurred in the midst of the yearly Jewish celebration of Passover in Jerusalem. This past Sunday we heard from the Gospel of Luke: “When the hour came, he took his place at table with the apostles. He said to them, ‘I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer…'” (Luke 22:14-15) And so let us remember what this Passover celebration was; for our Lord Jesus then took it and raised it to a whole new level in himself. (more…)

Continuar el viaje

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III Domingo de Cuaresma, Año C: 3 Marzo 2013
Ex 3, 1-8.13-15; Sal 102; 1 Cor 10, 1-6.10-12; Lc 13, 1-9

En el jueves pasado, nuestro Santo Padre Benedicto XVI realizó su renunciación de su ministerio como sucesor de San Pedro. Porque, como declaró unas dos semanas y media anteriormente, había discernido que ahora no tiene el “vigor tanto del cuerpo como del espíritu” que la Iglesia de Cristo necesita en su Papa “en el mundo de hoy… para gobernar la barca de san Pedro y anunciar el Evangelio.” Y por eso Benedicto ha abierto la Santa Sede para un nuevo Papa, de tal vigor para guiarnos bien en nuestro viaje por este mundo. Y oramos por el colegio de Cardenales mientras que se preparan para elegir este Papa.

Pero en las últimas horas antes de la hora efectiva de su renunciación, Benedicto, que ahora es “Papa Emérito,” nos dijo: “Ya no soy Sumo Pontífice de la Iglesia Católica… Soy simplemente un peregrino que empieza la última etapa de su peregrinación en esta tierra.” (more…)

Vivir por fe como ciudadanos del cielo

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II Domingo de Cuaresma, Año C: 24 Febrero 2013
Gn 15, 5-12.17-18; Sal 26; Flp 3, 17—4, 1; Lc 9, 28-36

En nuestra segunda lectura hoy, oímos que San Pablo nos presenta dos imágenes contrastantes, de cómo vivir en este mundo. Como creaturas corporales, con necesidades y sentimientos físicos, para nosotros es fácil caer en la trampa de ver sólo lo físico—y formar nuestras vidas sólo para seguir propósitos físicos. Y estamos rodeados por los que viven así. Es fácil caer en vivir como si nuestro dios fuera nuestro vientre, y pensar sólo en cosas de la tierra. Si vivimos así, nos hacemos en efecto, como el apóstol dice, enemigos de la cruz de Cristo.

Es fácil caer en esto; pero nuestro Señor Jesús quiere que vivamos de otra manera, con otro propósito. (more…)

To see with the eyes of faith

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2nd Sunday of Lent, Year C: Feb. 24, 2013
Gen 15:5-12, 17-18; Ps 27; Phil 3:17–4:1; Luke 9:28-36

In our Gospel reading today, we hear the account of the event we call the Transfiguration of the Lord—as we do each year on this Second Sunday of Lent. Why does the Church present this event to us each year at this time? And to answer that, we will do well to ask first: Why did the event happen at all? Why was Jesus transfigured in appearance before the eyes of three of his disciples?

Immediately before this reading in the Gospel according to Luke, in the middle of chapter 9, our Lord Jesus asked his disciples about whether they know who he is. And St. Peter confessed that he is the Messiah of God. And immediately Jesus began to explain to them that he would have to “suffer greatly and be rejected… and be killed and on the third day be raised.” (more…)

Spiritual zombies and the Divine Physician

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26th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B: Sept. 30, 2012
Num 11:25-29; Ps 19; James 5:1-6; Mark 9:38-48

The writer Ross Douthat, in his recent book on religion in America (Bad Religion: How We Became a Nation of Heretics, pp. 152-53), has observed that

Christianity is a paradoxical religion because the Jew of Nazareth is a paradoxical character. No figure in history or fiction contains as many multitudes as the New Testament’s Jesus.

And then he proceeds to list many pairs of paradoxical traits and actions that we see in our Lord Jesus. For example, he writes:

He can be egalitarian and hierarchical, gentle and impatient, extraordinarily charitable and extraordinarily judgmental. He sets impossible standards and then forgives the worst of sinners. (more…)