Mercy, in touching his wounds

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2nd Sunday of Easter (Sunday of Divine Mercy), Year C:
April 3, 2016

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De quien recibe nombre toda paternidad

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Santísima Trinidad, Año A: 15 Junio 2014
Ex 34, 4-6.8-9; Dn 3; 2 Cor 13, 11-14; Jn 3, 16-18 (more…)

From whom all fatherhood is named

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Most Holy Trinity, Year A: June 15, 2014
Exod 34:4-6 8-9; Dan 3:52-54, 56; 2 Cor 13:11-13; John 3:16-18 (more…)

Santo Tomás y el toque de Cristo

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II Domingo de Pascua (o de Divina Misericordia), Año A:
27 Abril 2014

Hch 2, 42-47; Sal 117; 1 Pe 1, 3-9; Jn 20, 19-31 (more…)

St. Thomas and the touch of Christ

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2nd Sunday of Easter (or of Divine Mercy), Year A:
April 27, 2014

Acts 2:42-47; Ps 118; 1 Pet 1:3-9; John 20:19-31

A week and a half ago we marked Good Friday, when our Lord Jesus was unjustly condemned and made to die a criminal’s death upon a cross. To make sure he was really dead, one of the soldiers thrust his lance into his side, into his Sacred Heart, and immediately blood and water flowed out. (John 19:34) And his dead body was placed into the tomb.

On the third day, he rose again, triumphant over death, and transformed, the firstfruits of the Resurrection. And he appeared to a number of his disciples, and what a difference it made for them! They rejoiced! (more…)

Work, work, work!

From the Aug. 31–Sept. 1, 2013, bulletin of St. Martin of Tours parish, Gaithersburg, Md.

Labor Day has been a federal holiday since 1894, to celebrate the economic and social contributions of workers.  But our Catholic faith has valued work and workers for much longer than that! (more…)

Going home to Mom—and to our Heavenly Father

This is a translation of the Spanish homily I preached.
Ascension of the Lord, Year C: May 12, 2013
Acts 1:1-11; Ps 47; Eph 1:17-23; Luke 24:46-53

He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. For 40 days after our Lord Jesus Christ rose from the dead on Easter Sunday, he appeared alive to his disciples, spoke with them, ate with them, and unfolded to them the mysteries of what he had done and what he was about to do. And then came the day when he parted from them; when he was taken up to heaven and a cloud took him from their sight; and, as we heard in the first reading, the apostles were left looking intently at the sky—now alone. (more…)

Regresar a casa a Mamá—y al Padre celestial

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Ascensión del Señor, Año C: 12 Mayo 2013
Hch 1, 1-11; Sal 46; Ef 1, 17-23; Lc 24, 46-53

Nuestro Señor Jesucristo subió al cielo, y está sentado a la derecha del Padre. Durante los 40 días después de que resucitó de entre los muertos en el domingo de Pascua, se presentó vivo a sus discípulos, les habló, comió con ellos, y se desarrolló para ellos los misterios de lo que había hecho y que iba a hacer. Y entonces llegó el día en que se fue apartando de ellos, cuando fue elevándose al cielo y una nube lo ocultó a sus ojos; y, como oímos en la primera lectura, los apóstoles se quedaron mirando fijamente al cielo—ahora solos. (more…)

¿Quién ama el cuerpo? ¿Quién desea la resurrección?

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Homilía en Novena de la Medalla Milagrosa, 8 Abril 2013
1 Cor 15, 12-20

¿Creemos en la inmortalidad del alma, o en la resurrección de la carne?

Podría parecer que edifico una pregunta con trampa en ponerla de esta manera, ya que la respuesta es: “Ambos.” Pero en realidad es una pregunta útil, porque nos recuerda que los dos conceptos no son exactamente iguales. Y es posible creer en uno sin el otro; o incluso hacer hincapié en uno hasta el punto de accidentalmente olvidar el otro.

Nos encontramos esta tarde en el tiempo de Pascua—estos 50 días del año en que celebramos la verdad sorprendente de la resurrección de nuestro Señor Jesucristo en la carne. (more…)

Who loves the body? Who wants the resurrection?

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Homily at Miraculous Medal Novena, April 8, 2013
1 Cor 15:12-20

Do we believe in the immortality of the soul, or the resurrection of the body?

It might seem that I am creating a trick question in putting it that way, since the answer is actually: “Both.” But it is actually a helpful question, because it reminds us that the two concepts are not exactly the same. And it is possible to believe in one without the other; or even to emphasize one to such a degree that we accidentally forget the other.

We stand this evening within the Easter Season—these 50 days every year when we celebrate the amazing truth of our Lord Jesus Christ’s resurrection in the flesh. (more…)