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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Surprised by blessing upon blessing

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4th Sunday of Advent, Year C: Dec. 20, 2015
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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…)

Clean and beautiful, inside and out

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22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B: Aug. 30, 2015
Deut 4:1-2, 6-8; Ps 15; James 1:17-18, 21-22, 27; Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23

In the Gospel reading we have just heard, the Pharisees and the scribes took Jesus’ disciples to task for not washing their hands before eating, according to the customs of the time. Now, we should remember that their motivation for such handwashing was not being sanitary, but rather ritual purity. The law that the Lord gave his people in the Old Covenant required certain kinds of washing—especially of priests preparing to offer sacrifice, but also of all people in certain circumstances—for the sake of ritual purity.

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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…)