The eternal king and priest satisfies our deepest hungers

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Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi), Year C: May 29, 2016
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Not to dominate, but to give life

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29th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B: Oct. 18, 2015
Isa 53:10-11; Ps 33; Heb 4:14-16; Mark 10:35-45

What do you truly need? And what does the world really need? These questions seem to be implicit in Jesus’ question to James and John—“What do you wish me to do for you?”—and in their response, their belief about what they and the world really need. Which is: for them to be in charge.

St. Mark relates to us that this conversation takes place as Jesus and his disciples are making a journey to Jerusalem and getting close to their destination. (more…)

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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“¡Denles ustedes de comer!”

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XVIII Domingo Ordinario, Año A: 3 Agosto 2014
Is 55, 1-3; Sal 144; Rom 8, 35.37-39; Mt 14, 13-21 (more…)

Hipócritas hambrientos y Halloween

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XXX Domingo Ordinario, Año C: 27 Octubre 2013
Sir 35, 15-17; Sal 33; 2 Tim 4, 6-8.16-18; Lc 18, 9-14

En pocos días, este jueves por la noche, ¡las calles se llenarán de hipócritas! Un montón de pequeños hipócritas—y tal vez algunos más grandes también.

Puede parecer extraño llamarlos hipócritas, cuando esa no es la manera normal en la cual usamos la palabra. Pero no es incorrecta, cuando pensamos en como la palabra viene directamente del griego hypocritēs, que originalmente significó “actor de teatro.” Porque los actores se hicieron pasar por otra persona—usando ropa diferente, a veces hablando a través de una máscara—y de allí también tomó la palabra el sentido que utilizamos hoy en día.

¡Y todos los hipócritas vagando nuestras calles serán extrañamente hambrientos! (more…)

Hungry hypocrites on Halloween

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30th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C: Oct. 27, 2013
Sir 35:12-14, 16-18; Ps 34; 2 Tim 4:6-8, 16-18; Luke 18:9-14

In just a few days, this Thursday evening, the streets will be filled with hypocrites! Lots of little hypocrites—and maybe some bigger ones too.

It might seem strange to call them hypocrites, when that isn’t how we normally use the word! But it isn’t inaccurate, when we think of where the word comes from, directly from the Greek hypocritēs, which originally meant “stage-actor.” For those actors pretended to be someone else—wearing different clothes, sometimes speaking through a mask—and from there the word also took on the meaning that we use today.

And the hypocrites roaming our streets will all be strangely hungry! (more…)

Give what you cannot keep, to gain what you cannot lose!

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25th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C: Sept. 22, 2013
Amos 8:4-7; Ps 113; 1 Tim 2:1-8; Luke 16:1-13

Today we hear our Lord Jesus tell the parable that is often known as the “dishonest steward.” And this is a parable that often puzzles people. We might wonder: Why does the steward’s master commend him for changing the promissory notes of the debtors? Is Jesus telling us that we should act like the steward; and, if so, how?

It seems that Jesus is shifting between different details of his parable, and different analogies, in a way that can be confusing. But if we dig into this a bit, I think we discover a single, basic message that he is trying to convey to us. (more…)

¡Dé lo que no puede guardar, para ganar lo que no puede perder!

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XXV Domingo Ordinario, Año C: 22 Septiembre 2013
Am 8, 4-7; Sal 112; 1 Tim 2, 1-8; Lc 16, 1-13

Hoy oímos a nuestro Señor Jesús a la parábola que a menudo se conoce como el “administrador infiel.” Y puede ser una parábola confusa, porque parece que a veces Jesús está cambiando entre los diferentes detalles de su parábola, y diferentes analogías. Pero si pensamos en esto un poco, creo que descubrimos un mensaje único y básico que está tratando de transmitir a nosotros. (more…)

En la humildad, liberado y fundado

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XXII Domingo Ordinario, Año C: 1 Septiembre 2013
Sir 3, 19-21.30-31; Sal 67; Heb 12, 18-19.22-24; Lc 14, 1.7-14

En las lecturas de hoy, se nos insta a tener humildad y humillarnos. Pero, ¿qué significa esto?

  • ¿Significa la humildad no hacer nada para aprender más, u obtener un buen trabajo, o mejorar nuestra condición de vida? No.
  • ¿Significa la humildad decir falsamente que no valemos nada, que no tenemos buenas cualidades o talentos o habilidades? No.
  • ¿Significa la humildad pasivamente dejar que la falsedad o el mal nos aplasten, y nunca hablar o actuar por la verdad y la bondad? No. (more…)

Humbly receptive at the great banquet

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22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C: Sept. 1, 2013
Sir 3:17-18, 20, 28-29; Ps 68; Heb 12:18-19, 22-24; Luke 14:1, 7-14

In our Gospel reading today, we hear our Lord Jesus advise: “When you are invited to a wedding banquet, go and take the lowest place so that when the host comes to you he may say, ‘My friend, move up to a higher position.'” Now, as literal advice, taking the lowest place with that goal wouldn’t be real humility at all; it would be a manipulative fraud. But we know that our Lord Jesus is telling a parable here, and sometimes when he does so he exaggerates the everyday details of the story in order to make his point.

But imagine for a moment that you did take the advice literally; that you took the lowest place in the banquet; and no one noticed. (more…)