Christ’s New Covenant: so much deeper, stronger, further!

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6th Sunday of Easter, Year C: May 1, 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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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…)

Lavado en el diluvio de la alianza eterna

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I Domingo de Cuaresma, Año B: 22 Febrero 2015 (more…)

Washed in the flood of the eternal covenant

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1st Sunday of Lent, Year B: Feb. 22, 2015
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Keeping Jesus’ word, from Old Law to New Law

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6th Sunday of Easter, Year C: May 5, 2013
Acts 15:1-2, 22-29; Ps 67; Rev 21:10-14, 22-23; John 14:23-29

We hear our Lord Jesus say in today’s Gospel reading: “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give it to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid.” What beautiful words! We want that kind of peace so much. In fact, the whole world wants that kind of peace. And our Lord Jesus offers it.

But we also hear him say: “Whoever loves me will keep my word.” Now that’s different, isn’t it? It’s one thing to offer peace; it’s another thing to require obedience. (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…)

Corpus Christi: La sangre de la alianza nueva

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El Cuerpo y la Sangre de Cristo, Año B: 10 Junio 2012
Ex 24, 3-8; Sal 115; Heb 9, 11-15; Mc 14, 12-16.22-26

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Hoy celebramos la solemnidad del Cuerpo y de la Sangre de Cristo. Su propio día fue el jueves anterior—exactamente 9 semanas después del Jueves Santo, cuando celebramos la institución por Cristo de la Eucaristía—pero en este país actualmente celebramos Corpus Christi hoy, en el domingo. Celebramos el don milagroso que, en la santa Misa, nuestro Señor transforma el pan y el vino en su propio Cuerpo y Sangre: para hacer presente su único sacrificio perfecto; para alimentar a sus fieles por sí mismo; y para hacerse presente con nosotros siempre, mientras que viajemos por esta vida. (more…)

Corpus Christi: The blood of the new covenant

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Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, Year B:
June 10, 2012

Exod 24:3-8; Ps 116; Heb 9:11-15; Mark 14:12-16, 22-26

Introduction
Today we celebrate the feast of Corpus Christi: the feast of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ. Traditionally, it comes this past Thursday—exactly 9 weeks after Holy Thursday, when Christ first instituted the Eucharist. From then on, in that sacrament—in the Mass—our Lord changes bread and wine into his own Body and Blood, to make present his one perfect sacrifice; to nourish the faithful with himself; and to make himself present to us always, as we journey through life.

One traditional practice of Corpus Christi is the Eucharistic procession. As Pope John Paul II urged eight years ago, “our faith” in our Lord who gives himself to us in this way “needs to be everywhere proclaimed, especially in our streets and homes, as an expression of our grateful love and as an inexhaustible source of blessings.” (more…)