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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Chosen, equipped, and sent

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15th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B: July 12, 2015
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Al regresar a las condiciones del siglo primero

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San Pedro y San Pablo: 29 Junio 2014
Misa del Día

Hch 12, 1-11; Sal 33; 2 Tim 4, 6-8.17-18; Mt 16, 13-19 (more…)

As we return to 1st century conditions

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Saints Peter and Paul: June 29, 2014
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Acts 12:1-11; Ps 34; 2 Tim 4:6-8, 17-18; Matt 16:13-19 (more…)

Ascension of the Lord: Scouring the Shire after the enthronement of the King

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Ascension of the Lord, Year A: June 1, 2014
Acts 1:1-11; Ps 47; Eph 1:17-23; Matt 28:16-20 (more…)

This Christmas, pause to reflect

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The Nativity of the Lord (Christmas): Dec. 25, 2012
Mass during the Day
Isa 52:7-10; Ps 98:1-6; Heb 1:1-6; John 1:1-5, 9-14

There is a man who tells the story of when he was growing up, many years ago. His mother played the piano at their church, for over thirty years; and she tried to teach him to play the piano as well. He wasn’t very good at it, or very interested, but she tried. She taught him about scales, and major and minor keys. And one day she told him that the best news in the world could be found by playing a simple scale on the piano. What could she possibly mean? She told him to play an 8-note scale. He did. No, she said, you played it wrong; you need to play it from high to low. So he did. How was that good news? Well, she said, you played it right, but you left out the pauses: (more…)

Jesus isn’t asking for your vote: He is pouring out his life for you, in mercy and grace

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29th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B: Oct. 21, 2012
Isa 53:10-11; Ps 33; Heb 4:14-16; Mark 10:35-45

  • Five weeks ago, we heard the first time in the Gospel of Mark when Jesus told his disciples about his coming Passion (8:31). Peter had just confessed that Jesus was the Messiah; and then, after Jesus tells them that he will suffer and die and rise again, Peter begins to rebuke him.
  • Four weeks ago, we heard the second time that he told them about his Passion (9:31). That time, they were too afraid to ask him any questions, but instead took to discussing among themselves who was the greatest.
  • And in our Gospel reading today, Jesus has just predicted his Passion a third time, in greater detail than before. And how do they respond? James and John come to him and ask him for a favor: that in his glory they might sit one at his right and the other at his left.

They don’t seem to be getting the message! (more…)

Un poder más allá de comprar y vender

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XVII Domingo Ordinario, Año B: 29 Julio 2012
2 Re 4, 42-44; Sal 144; Ef 4, 1-6; Jn 6, 1-15

En todas las Misas de los domingos, las lecturas que oímos de las Sagradas Escrituras vienen del ciclo de tres años del Leccionario. Y en cada año, en el Tiempo Ordinario, oímos de uno de los tres Evangelios Sinópticos: en al Año A, oímos del Evangelio según San Mateo; en Año B, de Marcos; en Año C, de Lucas. Ahora estamos en el medio del Año B, que indica Marcos. Pero, ¿notaste que nuestra lectura del hoy vino del Evangelio según San Juan? Sucede porque el Evangelio según San Marcos es el más corto y así recibimos un pequeño interludio de verano: 5 semanas pasando por capítulo 6 del Evangelio según San Juan. Esas 5 semanas empiezan hoy y durarán en todos los domingos de agosto.

Pero, ¿por qué Juan capítulo 6? (more…)

More than enough

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17th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B: July 29, 2012
2 Kgs 4:42-44; Ps 145; Eph 4:1-6; John 6:1-15

The account of Christ miraculously feeding the 5000 is found in all four Gospels. And after one of these passages was read one Sunday at my last parish, a man came up to me and said, “The Scripture says that there were 5000 men, plus women and children. But it’s obvious that there weren’t any teenagers there.” “Why is that?” I asked. “Because there was food left over!”

The Scripture readings that we hear at each Sunday Mass come from a three-year Lectionary cycle. And each year, during Ordinary Time, we hear from a different one of the three Synoptic Gospels: Year A, Matthew; Year B, Mark; and Year C, Luke. Right now we are in the middle of Year B, which is Mark. But did you notice that our reading today came from the Gospel of John? (more…)

Palm Sunday: What kind of king is this?

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Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord, Year B:
April 1, 2012

At the Procession with Palms
John 12:12-16

Once again we begin Holy Week as we always do: with a joyful procession with palm branches. For so the first Holy Week began on that first Palm Sunday so many years ago: with cloaks and palm branches spread on the road, and palm branches held high, in welcome for the king!

The king, the Son of the great King David, the Messiah, the King of Israel had arrived in Jerusalem! With what joy the crowd welcomed our Lord Jesus! With what hope! (more…)