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 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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Always with us, as food for the journey

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Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi),
Year A: June 22, 2014

Deut 8:2-3, 14-16; Ps 147; 1 Cor 10:16-17; John 6:51-58

9 weeks ago, we were celebrating the Paschal Triduum of Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter Sunday.

  • We recalled the original Passover and Exodus from Egypt, some 1400 years earlier, when the Lord rescued the People of Israel from slavery in Egypt. This was accomplished partly through the sacrifice of the Passover Lamb, and also through the parting of the Red Sea, so that they could pass through on dry land. And so they were rescued from Egypt and set on their way to the Promised Land.
  • And so we celebrated the fulfillment of this foreshadowing in our Lord Jesus Christ, who is the true Passover Lamb. For by giving himself in sacrifice, he set us free not merely from earthly slavery, but from Satan and sin and death. And he passed through, not merely an earthly sea, but death itself, to open the transformed life of the Resurrection. Thus we have been saved and set on our way to the New Heavens and the New Earth.

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Siempre con nosotros, como comida para el viaje

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El Cuerpo y la Sangre de Cristo, Año A: 22 Junio 2014
Dt 8, 2-3.14-16; Sal 147; 1 Cor 10, 16-17; Jn 6, 51-58 (more…)

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…)

Meeting Christ in the Mass

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“Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.” Today we continue this series of daily homilies on the Mass itself. And today I want to consider that we come to Mass to encounter Christ. And not just to meet him, shallowly; but to interact with him; to truly hear him; to receive him; to give ourselves to him; and indeed to unite ourselves with him as we join with him in cooperating in a great work of his.

In the Gospel of Luke (22:15) we read that, at the Last Supper, Jesus said to his disciples, “I have earnestly desired to eat this passover with you before I suffer”—and then he instituted the Eucharist. (more…)

The love of Holy Thursday and the gifts of the Eucharist and the priesthood

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Holy Thursday: April 21, 2011
Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper

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

He loved his own in the world and he loved them to the end.

Brothers and sisters, this evening we celebrate the Mass of the Lord’s Supper. And so we begin the Easter Triduum—the three days of the Passion and Resurrection of the Lord. This is the culmination of the liturgical year: the very highest point of our entering, week by week, into every facet of our Lord’s life and of the mystery of our redemption.

We know what is coming—just as surely as our Lord Jesus knew what was coming, that Thursday evening, nearly 2000 years ago. We know the tremendous suffering and darkness and death that are coming, within hours!—as he did. But first comes something else. First comes love. (more…)